Jack Dini

Jack Dini is author of Challenging Environmental Mythology. He has also written for American Council on Science and Health, Environment & Climate News, and Hawaii Reporter.

Most Recent Articles by Jack Dini:

Problems With Aging Wind Farms

Mar 19, 2019 — Jack Dini

Problems With Aging Wind FarmsProfessor Gordon Hughes examined the output of 282 wind farms, about 3,000 turbines in total, in the UK and a further 823 onshore wind farms and 30 offshore wind farms in Denmark. 1

Britain’s wind farms are wearing out far more rapidly than previously thought, making them more expensive as a result. This analysis, the biggest study of its kind, warns that they will continue to generate electricity effectively for just 12 to 15 years. Yet the wind industry and the government base all their calculations on turbines enjoying a lifespan of 20 to 25 years The study estimates that wear and tear will more than double the cost of electricity being produced by wind farms in the next decade.

Issues With Wind Farms

Mar 1, 2019 — Jack Dini

Issues With Wind FarmsThe International Energy Agency released data that revealed the percentage of total global primary energy demand provided by wind and solar is 1.1 percent. 1 Hardly the kind of number derived from wind and solar lobbies.

Another report confirms what should have been obvious from the start: the more ‘variable’ wind and solar are introduced into any electricity system, the more they make it both more expensive and less reliable.

Waste In Afghanistan

Feb 24, 2019 — Jack Dini

Waste In AfghanistanWe think of Afghanistan as a nation, but it is not, at least not by our western understanding of the term reports Dan Rather. In truth, Afghanistan is a collection of provinces inhabited by tribes,. Although no ethnic group has a majority, Pashtuns and Tajiks make up roughly 40 and 30 percent of the population, respectively. Hazaras and Uzbeks constitute another 10 percent each. That said, many of the tribes have subsets, and even some of the tribal subsets have subsets. 1

Although civilization here is very old, civility is not. Fiercely held tribal and ethnic loyalties have given rise to grudges, hostilities and hatreds held for centuries, if not for millennia. These are coupled with a split-second readiness to settle quarrels in a deadly fashion.

Germany’s Stalled Energy Transition

Feb 16, 2019 — Jack Dini

Germany's Stalled Energy TransitionHaving wasted billions of euros on renewable energies, saddling consumers with ultrahigh power prices, and shutting down nuclear power plants, Germany has decided to shut down its coal power plants by the year 2038 and rely primarily on renewable energy. 1

Coal plants account for 40% of Germany’s electricity, itself a reduction from recent years when coal dominated power production. The decision to quit coal follows an earlier bold energy policy move by the German government, which decided to shut down all of its nuclear power plants by 2022 in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. 2

The Wall Street Journal has called this the world’s dumbest energy policy. “Dumb environmental policies are routine across Europe—see Emmanuel Macron’s riot-inducing fuel tax in France—but even by that standard Germany’s new plan to abandon coal is notable. Having wasted uncountable billions of euros on renewables and inflicted some of Europe’s highest energy prices on German households and businesses, now Berlin is promising to kill the one reliable power source Germany has left.”3

Flaws In Body Mass Index

Feb 10, 2019 — Jack Dini

Flaws In Body Mass IndexBody Mass Index (BMI) is a metric used for measuring health. It’s calculated by dividing a person’ weight in kilograms by the square of the person’s height in meters. If you prefer to use English units, it’s your weight in pounds divided by the square of your height in inches, then multiplied by 703.

BMI doesn’t scale well. A tall man with the exact same build and body composition as a shorter man will have a higher BMI. Secondly, the measure ignores variation in body shapes. Some people are slender, others are stocky. Moreover, people carry fat in different places. Subcutaneous fat just below the skin is generally not associated with a steep rise in mortality, while abdominal fat is. Finally, BMI does not differentiate between fat and muscle mass. This glaring drawback means that many muscular athletes are considered overweight, or even obese. 1

Reduced Wind Speed Could Be a Problem

Feb 2, 2019 — Jack Dini

Reduced Wind Speed Could Be a ProblemWind energy resources have been in sharp decline in regions all across the world, according to a study by Chinese researchers.

After analyzing data from more than 1,000 weather stations around the world, the researchers found that 67 percent had witnessed an extensive decrease in wind power potential over the course of nearly 40 years. The team, which also included a researcher from Purdue University, reached their findings after examining the changes of wind surface speeds from 1979 to 2016. 1

Al Gore’s Antics

Jan 16, 2019 — Jack Dini

Al Gore's Antics
Scare the public to get their attention- truth be damned!

The world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better shape then we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. In large part, it is because of our negative thoughts, our instincts to notice the bad more than the good. We are subjected to a never-ending cascade of negative news from across the world. So says Hans Rosling in his recent book Factfulness. 1

US Foundations And Others Heavily Fund Green Activists

Jan 7, 2019 — Jack Dini

US Foundations And Others Heavily Fund Green Activists
Major foundations handed nearly $4 billion to global warming activists, anti-fossil fuel campaigners and other environmentalists over the past eight years.

“The truth is the environmental left is a deep-pocketed and powerful force in American politics that is working to stop all natural gas, oil and coal production in the United States,,” said Institute for Energy Research (IER) president Tom Pyle.1

Is China a ‘Developing’ Country?

Dec 28, 2018 — Jack Dini

Is China a 'Developing' Country?

One of the largest militaries in the world, space exploration, nuclear power plants and bombs, ICBMs, stealth fighters, aircraft carriers, one of the largest economies, colonizing many places, etc. This is China, a developing country!

As a ‘developing country,’ China is demanding that the USA and other developed countries give China large sums of cash because the USA owes China and other developing countries for historic greenhouse gas contributions.  1

China has called on rich countries to ‘pay their debts’ on climate change at global talks, criticizing developed countries for not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide finance to help poor countries do the same. 2

Lawns- Questionable for the Environment

Dec 16, 2018 — Jack Dini

American lawns occupy some 30 to 40 million acres of land. Lawnmowers to maintain them account for some 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution, probably more in urban areas. Each year more than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled during the refilling of lawn and garden equipment, more than the oil that the Exxon Valdez spilled, reports Lakis Polycarpou. 1

Solar Panel Waste: A Disposal Problem

Dec 7, 2018 — Jack Dini

The last few years have seen growing concern over what happens to solar panels at the end of their life. Consider the following statements:

- The problem of solar panel disposal will explode with full force in two or three decades and wreck the environment because it is a huge amount of waste which is not easy to recycle. 1

- Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than do nuclear power plants. If solar and nuclear produce the same amount of electricity over the next 25 years that nuclear produced in 2016, and the wastes are stacked on football fields, the nuclear waste would reach the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (53 meters), while the solar waste would reach the height of two Mt. Everests (16 km). 2

Medical Research Issues and Peer-Review

Dec 1, 2018 — Jack Dini

Medical Research Issues and Peer-Review
John Ioannidis reported in 2005 that most published medical research findings are false. 1 His statistical analysis and logic are impeccable and his paper has never been seriously refuted. Furthermore, he has had a tremendous impact: the paper has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.

In 2009, Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, wrote that, “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor.” 2

Oceans Not Warming So Fast After All

Nov 23, 2018 — Jack Dini

Oceans Not Warming So Fast After All
You may have recently read or hard that the oceans were warming much faster than originally thought thus hastening our impending global warming. I certainly read such information in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Well, surprise, surprise, it is not happening after all.

A study that claimed to find 60 percent more warming in the oceans had some math errors. Scientists behind the headline-grabbing climate study admitted they ‘really muffed’ their paper. 1

Colder and snowier winter predicted for eastern half of the United States

Nov 16, 2018 — Jack Dini

Colder and snowier winter predicted for eastern half of the United States
A number of researchers have predicted that a weak sun and El Nino events may create a colder and snowier than normal winter season in much of the eastern half of the US.

The early winter storm presently being experienced in much of eastern US might lead one might to believe these folks.

More Deaths From Cold Weather Than Hot Weather

Nov 10, 2018 — Jack Dini

More Deaths From Cold Weather Than Hot Weather
The question is—which is more deadly for humans—heat or cold? The alarmists would have us believe that warming is to be avoided at all costs.

Observations from two recent papers and previous research undermine the narrative that says recent and future warming may be dangerous and undesirable. Scientists have determined that people are far more likely to die form exposure to cold temperatures than hot temperatures, and deaths attributed to excessive heat have been on the decline for decades in nearly all countries studied.

Questioning Medical Research

Oct 28, 2018 — Jack Dini

Medical Research
John Ioannidis first burst onto the national scene in 2005 with a groundbreaking paper titled “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” 1 His statistical analysis and logic are impeccable, and his paper has never been seriously refuted. Furthermore, he has had a tremendous impact: the paper has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.2

Since then, Ioannidis has gone on to show that the best scientists don’t always get funded, why neuroscience is unreliable, why most clinical research is useless, and that most economic studies are exaggerated. In other words, the process by which we acquire new knowledge is fundamentally flawed and much of what we think we know is wrong2
These days he’s aimed his attacks at nutrition research and guidelines on disease definition statements.

Wind Power: Negative Effect on Global Warming in the Short Term

Oct 13, 2018 — Jack Dini

Wind Power: Negative Effect on Global Warming in the Short Term
Wind power has expanded 35-fold since 2000 and now provides 8% of the nation’s electricity. The US Department of Energy expects wind turbine capacity to more than quadruple again by 2050. 1

China’s Coal Escapades

Oct 9, 2018 — Jack Dini

China's Coal Escapades
China burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. The dirty fossil fuel has powered the country’s rapid expansion over recent decades, the main reason China is the world’s largest polluter ahead of the United States. This is a problem China wants to fix and it’s retiring the worst sources of pollution while bringing great gobs of cleaner power online. The country has pledged to begin reducing its rising greenhouse gas emissions no late than 2030.  1

Fiddling With Temperature Data

Oct 3, 2018 — Jack Dini

Fiddling With Temperature Data
They also claim US temperatures rose 1.5 F since the 19th century., which is what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows. The problem with the NOAA data is that it is fake data. NOAA creates the warming trend by altering the data. The NOAA raw data show no warming over the past century. The adjustments being made are almost exactly 1.5 F, which is the warming claimed in the article.

Questioning Climate Hysteria

Sep 29, 2018 — Jack Dini

Questioning Climate Hysteria
Kenneth Richard and Pierre Gosselin have been compiling lists which question climate hysteria.

In just the first 6 months of 2018,  254 scientific papers were published that cast doubt on the position that anthropogenic CO2 emissions function as the climate’s fundamental control knob, or that otherwise serve to question the efficacy of climate models or the related ‘consensus’ position commonly endorsed by policymakers and mainstream media sources.

These 254 new papers affirm the position that there are significant limitations and uncertainties inherent in our understanding of climate change, emphasizing that climate science is not settled. 1