Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Heartland’s Science Director, Jay Lehr, spent his Thanksgiving vacation reading and reviewing books dealing with the phenomena of climate change … because that’s what he does. Here follows Jay’s review of “The Energy Primer For Kids: With a Primer for Grown-ups” by Vladislav Bevc. It’s must reading to deprogram your children:
This informative and important 57 page soft cover book encourages young people to bring critical thinking and criteria to the subject of questionable new energy technologies, and our need to address their viability. Proposed solutions such as electric cars, solar and wind power, biologically produced combustibles, renewable fuels and hydrogen are presented and shown to be lacking true economic potential. Youth, and their parents, are invited to sift through the deluge of information intelligently to make informed energy policy decisions as citizens and voters.
Dr. Jack Dvorkin, Senior Research Fellow at Stanford University says that this book “arms children and grownups alike with simple, rational, science-based facts that will let them make their own decisions and form independent opinions about the controversial issue of energy reserves, its generation and consumption now and in the furture.”
The book explains mathematical models for school kids better than most any article you will find and shows them to be fictions of those who construct them to achieve their desired results not by any means reality based results. The book returns to the real meanings of science where one, upon discovering something that appears to be new , quickly tries to disprove ones findings to insure that they are in fact real.
The book explains to young people the fallacy of deriving experimental results that will keep government money flowing rather than seeking the truth and nothing but the truth. The author runs some fascinating calculations for children such as one that estimates that all the wind power available over the conterminus United States will not equal the energy available from 12 conventional 1000 mega watt power plants and that if you harnessed the tides in a 100 yard width along all the coast line of the US you would not have the energy of a single conventional power plant, and that the corn used to fill a single 20 gallon automobile fuel tank with ethanol is equal to the amount of corn a single American eats in a year.
A wonderful piece of philosophy the book treats the young readers to is contained in the following quote:
“The main problem humanity has is men who want to dominate us all. Such men appear time and again claiming that they can solve problems most people do nolt understand. They tell the people that if they only followed them and did everything they command, the problem would go away. History shows that nothing has ever been solved by such men and that they have invariabley caused great misfortune to humanity.” This statement preceded an excellent explanation of the global warming fraud.
This book would make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas or even a Valentines gift for your kids.