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March 12, 2007

CO2 Emissions, Solar Activity and Global Warming

Posted by Chad Adams at 4:30 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.  

Here's the graph we've all become familiar with that shows global temperatures alongside CO2 emissions.  Warming  zealots never seem to have a real good reason why temperatures dropped for thirty years as emissions increased during our post war industrial boom from 1945 through 1975, but they never let facts get in the way.


The real problem here is that dip in temperatures.  But there is a better explanation that fits.  Namely solar activity (yes, the sun causes warming).  A lot of naysayers will try to talk about solar temperatures and that's not the issue, but rather the dynamics of solar flares, spots and host of other issues that affect our temperatures.  Important to note that we can see the same temperature chart with solar activity.  (But you won't see it in Gore's movie.)

Hmm, looks like a much better fit and makes far more sense than CO2 output which is far less of an influence than the sun.  The graph above is from Danish solar physicists Eigil Friis-Christensen and Knut Lassen where they studied sun spots and magnetic activity of the sun.  Their global temperature predictions have been more accurate than any zealot to date.  Wonder when Kyoto will start trying to regulate the sun?

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Do they still not know the economics or are they purposely being dense?

Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 4:19 PM

Last Friday NC Policy Watch ran another in their series of let's attack the right since we really don't have anything constructive to offer articles. Read it if you want, but this line really surprised me, although it probably shouldn't have. "What happened to the big increase in unemployment that was supposed to follow the state’s minimum wage hike?"

Of course, not a single economist has ever predicted that minimum wage increases would bring about a big or probably even a noticeable increase in the general unemployment rate. The prediction of economic theory relates to a tiny percentage of the total work force, that is, the very low skilled. To reiterate this prediction (listen carefully now so you’ll get it right the next time, and also so you can pass your econ 101 midterm): a minimum wage, at the levels that we are dealing with, will bring about a higher unemployment rate for the very lowest skilled workers in the economy than for higher skilled workers. This hypothesis is clearly corroborated. The unemployment rate for the least skilled in the economy tends to be about 3-4 times the overall unemployment rate. This includes teenagers (especially African American teenagers) and African Americans under 25.

The prediction for an increase in the minimum wage, like we recently had in North Carolina, is that this disparity would widen, not that the overall unemployment rate would increase. The change in unemployment for this tiny fraction of the overall workforce would, in terms of the total workforce, be too small to show up in the overall numbers. The fact is that the only way the left can win on the minimum wage is to ascribe an argument to their opponents that they didn't make and then proceed to show how that argument is wrong.

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Need teachers? Go to Michigan

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 2:52 PM

According to this article from the Detroit News, 75 percent of education school graduates from Michigan universities cannot get teaching jobs in the state.

Katrina Newnum, 29, a 2005 Grand Valley State University graduate said, "I never thought that I would be moving all the way to North Carolina to be teaching."

Welcome to North Carolina, Katrina. I guess Grand Valley State did not teach you about supply and demand.

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RE: Charters and choices

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 2:12 PM


The N&O article that you cite did leave out one important fact. The enrollment growth of individual charter schools is limited by their charter/state regulation. So, the state limits supply on two ends - the number of charter schools is capped at 100 and the number of students allowed to enroll in a charter school is capped every year.

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Terry Stoops interviewed by EdNews

Posted by George Leef at 11:28 AM

Education is a daily web publication featuring news and interviews on education. Today it happens to include an interview with someone named Terry Stoops.

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State Sen. Walter Dalton eyeing a higher office?

Posted by Michael Moore at 11:25 AM

In the last few days we have heard a lot of speculation on the potential Candidates for Governor in North Carolina, but Candidates for the Lieutenant Governor's office seem to be under the radar right now.  State Senator Walter Dalton from Rutherford County is considering on running for the office, of course there will be some more get into that race.  I wonder who else will consider running for the number two office?

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Mark Twain on government meddling

Posted by George Leef at 10:37 AM

"The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs
of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivalry
of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition,
and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence
of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and
sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his
government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe
when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in time, to regulate
every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner
in which he may seek future admission to paradise." ---Mark

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Charters are about Choices

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 09:01 AM

Raleigh Charter High School is an exceptional program, but how many more exceptional schools are we missing because of the nearly maxed cap on charter schools? From the N&O

Forget Powerball. The region's real education lottery was held Saturday morning at Raleigh Charter High School.

With 705 applications and only 79 open spots, the annual drawing to see who is admitted to the acclaimed public academy has become an annual spectacle.

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