I’m not freaking out. Are you freaking out? Anyone freaking out here? It freaks me out that you think we are freaking out.

If you saw, and were properly horrified by,  the recent vid interviews with Miss USA contestants answering the question  ‘Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools?” (a discouraging number said no ) — you’ll appreciate this spoof.

(fortunately- in the real-world contest,  a ‘Huge Science geek” – Miss California – won the contest.)

Meanwhile, in real life – Fox News continues to insist that reality  is like, an elective, dude.

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace criticized a University of Maryland study which indicated that Fox News viewers are more misinformed than the consumers of other news media. Wallace said the study labeled those who “questioned whether climate change is occurring” as misinformed, and suggested that doing so would be improper.

The study actually asked, “Do you think that MOST SCIENTISTS believe that” 1) Climate change is occurring, 2) Views are evenly divided or 3) Climate change is not occurring. Noting that the correct answer is that most scientists believe that climate change is occurring, the study found that of those who said they watched Fox News “almost every day,” 60 percent got it wrong — significantly higher than the consumers of other news sources.

A Stanford University study similarly found that “more exposure to Fox News was associated with more rejection of many mainstream scientists’ claims about global warming, [and] with less trust in scientists.”

It is a fact that climate change is occurring, and anthropogenic global warming is so well-supported in peer-reviewed research that, as the Maryland study notes, the United States’ National Academy of Sciences and “97% of self-identifying actively publishing climate scientists agree” that it is occurring.

Omaha World-Herald:

On Monday, the Omaha Public Power District was studying whether it could patch and refill the temporary water dam that burst. When the dam ruptured, it allowed floodwater to fill in around the plant to a depth of more than two feet, said OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson.

Sunday’s development offers more evidence that the relentlessly rising Missouri River is testing the flood-worthiness of an American nuclear power plant like never before. The now-idle plant, 19 miles north of Omaha, has become an island. And unlike other plants previously affected by high water, Fort Calhoun faces months of flooding.

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I took a break from my new solutions video, which will be out soon. I just had to say something in regard to His Immaculate and Beneficent Highness Lord Christopher Monckton’s current tour of Australia.   We’re already hearing lots of exciting news, and I’ll cover it here as it happens.

For now, it turns out that The August and Exalted Lord Monckton ‘s scientific expertise is not limited to being the world’s foremost climate expert — he is also a medical practitioner of the highest caliber.

Bring out your Dead!!

UPDATE: Timed with Monckton’s visit, Reuters reports a  “coordinated campaign of intimidation” against science and scientists ramps up.

For More of my older Monckton videos, see below:

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Video from an amateur videographer, filming at the foot of a giant turbine at the Stoney Corners Wind Farm, about an hour from my house.
The camera records, you decide. (you can skip to 30 seconds in..)

Meanwhile, yet more evidence that Renewables are not only viable, they are the best choice for consumers.  The Michigan Public Service Commission has released a comparison of costs from renewable and conventional sources. The results? (levelized busbar costs..)

New Coal:  $133/MWh

Wind: $101.78/MWh

Cheapest of all, blowing everything out of the water,  energy efficiency at:$13.25 per MWh avoided

These results are typical across the country.

So, if you are a consumer in a large, midwestern, industrial state – your choice is now between energy efficiency, (the best investment you can make),  cheap (and getting cheaper),clean, safe,  21st century energy, or expensive, (and getting more so) polluting 19th century energy.
So why are the Tea Party Windbaggers promoting their steam-powered time-trolley into the past?
Might have something to do with where they get their money…

Latest climate denial nonsense gets the Potholer treatment.