Thursday, 28 May 2009

Sarah Palin and the Nobel prize winner

Sarah Palin has kindly provided a link to a very interesting article, albeit in a snarky tone:

In the meantime, read this: Energy Secretary Chu wants to REGULATE roof, road color to slow global warming... (twit)

We all know that Sarah Palin is the foremost energy expert in the country, while Professor Chu is a mere Nobel prize recipient, so the governor's rejection of Prof Chu's ideas could generate a very exciting debate... the second runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant takes on the Nobel laureate!

Times online reports:

Steven Chu, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed by President Obama as Energy Secretary, wants to paint the world white. A global initiative to change the colour of roofs, roads and pavements so that they reflect more sunlight and heat could play a big part in containing global warming, he said yesterday.

Professor Chu said that this approach could have a vast impact. By lightening paved surfaces and roofs to the colour of cement, it would be possible to cut carbon emissions by as much as taking all the world’s cars off the roads for 11 years, he said.

Pale surfaces reflect up to 80 per cent of the sunlight that falls on them, compared with about 20 per cent for dark ones, which is why roofs and walls in hot countries are often whitewashed. An increase in pale surfaces would help to contain climate change both by reflecting more solar radiation into space and by reducing the amount of energy needed to keep buildings cool by air-conditioning.

Professor Chu said that his thinking had been influenced by Art Rosenfeld, a member of the California Energy Commission, who drove through tough new building rules in the state.

Dr Rosenfeld is also a physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, of which Professor Chu was director. Last year Dr Rosenfeld and two colleagues from the laboratory, Hashem Akbari and Surabi Menon, calculated that changing surface colours in 100 of the world’s largest cities could save the equivalent of 44 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide — about as much as global carbon emissions are expected to rise by over the next decade.

Sarah Palin doesn't believe global warming is caused by man, so she won't go with the idea that man can do anything to improve matters, specially if it involves REGULATION.

Sarah Palin only approves of more regulation when it concerns what women can and cannot do with their own bodies.

Full article: Times online


sjk from the belly of the plane said...

I live in FL. When I had my roof redone a few years back I actually took the samples and laid 'em in the sun to see if the white shingles were cooler dure to the fact that white reflects more than darker colors. Imagine when I confirmed the white shingles were WAY cooler to the touch than the darker ones. a NO BRAINER!!!!

FW said...

Sarah really ought to rethink this Twitter is making her sound like more of a twit that she already is....if that's possible.

She is dumber than a box of rocks. I still blame John McCain for this nightmare...he unleashed her on the rest of the world and he should pay for it in his reelection. I wish I lived in Arizona so I could vote him out, but I will contribute to whoever runs against him. I suggest anyone else who visits this blog do the same. Sarah Palin is a cancer...her stupidity and ignorance cannot be tolerated.

MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel said...

Yeah, GINO, you're lots and lots smarter than Dr. Steven Chu. Why, even your wise, utterly-my-dear wardrobe selection for the Memorial Day commemoration of Alaska veterans proves it!

lisabeth said...

SHE is an IDIOT. Unbelievable!!!
Also her tweet before made it sound like all the ethics violations have been dropped! What a liar!
Did you know you can tweet back to her? I hope everyone replies and tells her how stupid she is!!
And she is a liar!! Look at her tweet about the ethics violations! Aren't there more?

Cathy in Colorado said...

Sarah Palin......Too much blinkin, not enough THINKIN.

midnightcajun said...

Nothing like people who are so stupid they don't realize how stupid they are.

Seriously, this reminds me of McCain laughing at Obama's inflated tires remark. Like, if it's simple, it's too silly to be real? I remember reading this about pale roofs and white parking lots years ago, along with planting trees. After Katrina, I wanted to go with a white roof, but my family screamed it would look silly with our house (had to admit it was true). I had to settle for a slightly paler shade.

The Yellow Porcupine said...

There's a reason that most of the cars you see in states like Arizona are WHITE - everybody's figured out that to survive in the sun, white is right. Maybe if Sarah had actually paid attention to places she visited in the VP campaign, she would have learned something.
But we must remember that while Dr. Chu may have intelligence and science on his side, Sarah Palin has GOD on her side. If God wanted us to paint our roofs white, he would have said so!

Anonymous said...

Is she against infrared heat detection also? I know Track has a cushy job, but would she be against her son in Iraq using night goggles on a dangerous mission?
You don't have to be a scientist to get it. She has no common sense. sjk from the belly of the plane's test is all you need.
It’s grade-school science: white reflects sunlight better than dark, so on a hot day people who are wearing light-colored clothing will stay cooler than people wearing black.
For centuries Mediterranean communities have known about white.

Is there nothing MSM does not allow her to get by with? C4p chirps right in ignoring ancient wisdom and common sense and calling this concept "lame". It works! It is simple and can be cost effective with enormous benefit to the planet.

On a personal level I know how my house felt before and after insulation, a new lighter roof color and ceiling fans. The garage only has the light roof. The difference was dramatic and very comfortable. My house would bake before. I don't like air conditioning and it would have been an energy consumer and expensive.

These nut cases must keep everyone dependent on supporting their source of income. Old world gas and oil hacks are the bane of humankind.

Dinah said...

No, I think that all of you are more than "dumb" as a lot of bunch or rocks have a higher IG than you all. I can understand when you have not being exposed to people that have won Pulitzers, like I have. How sad that you are only exposed to people that their only kicks is to to denigrate others and consistently bring up "typos" and overlook people that write "thresshold" that has to be the funniest thing. BTW the correct spelling is "threshold". Of course, I am not anal and have been with people that are world known in their field and cannot spell, but I, unlike you idiots take more into what they have accomplished rather than a typo. Unfortunately, not all of us have a teleprompter at hand.

KaJo said...

Shame on you, Dinah, for exposing yourself to a Pulitzer prize winner. Was that Maureen Dowd, who's been accused of plagarism?

By the way, did you know Ronald Reagan used a Teleprompter extensively? As did Bush Sr. AND Bush Jr. And John McCain used the more sophisticated TV screen behind reporters, so as to hide the fact he needed a teleprompter-like crutch.

(I'm sorry, I slipped up and am acting like folks at the place you come from. Usually we libruls are more polite to visitors like you)

MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel said...

There are other people around here who have been "exposed to people who have won Pulitzers" AS you say you have, Dinah. (Note to Dinah: Review usage of "like" and "as.")

So? Nu? I should show you my credentials? I don't need to. Regina shows hers with every fact-filled post. So far, you've failed to make any argument except as a troll, while calling those of us here, collectively, as dumb as a box of rocks.

Go back under your bridge, there's a dear...