Howard Cork Hayden is an emeritus professor of physics from the University of Connecticut. The Energy Advocate, TEA, is his monthly publication about many topics related to energy. This article has excerpts from the September, 2016 edition about nuclear energy and the star gymnast in the 2016 Olympics. Each issue is packed with interesting essays for students, teachers, parents, and the public. To order TEA, see instructions in this article.
James Watson, CEO at Chevron: The energy we produce enables light, heat, mobility, mechanized agriculture, modern communications, the health system that keeps us well, and the many electronic devices that keep us connected and entertained. It’s also the feedstock for everything from crayons to contact lenses, not to mention the basis of our roads and runways. More than 50 percent of the world's energy currently comes from oil and natural gas – and another nearly 30 percent from coal. Fossil fuels have enabled the greatest advancements in living standards over the last 150 years.
Tom Harris is executive director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition. Tim Ball is an environmental consultant and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba: The best answer to most of the claims by climate activists and their political allies is simply: so what? "Climate change is real," they say. So what? Gravity and sunrise are also real. That doesn't mean we cause them or we would be better off without them. Climate has been changing since the origin of the atmosphere billions of years ago.
James Lovelock: So should we be trying to save the world? “Don’t try and save the world, its pure hubris. We might be able to save Dorset. I think it’s easier to save Dorset than the planet. “There’s one thing to keep in mind here. We don’t need to save the planet, it’s looked after itself for four billion years. It’s always been habitable and things have lived on it, so why worry.” At the end of the day, “It pays to be cheerful,” he says.