James Kirkpatrick is a veteran of the global energy and commodities businesses. After starting his career as a mechanical engineer in the petroleum refineries of Texas, he spent twenty-five years working as an engineer, manager and senior advisor to the motley assortment of players that provide the raw materials and energy that powers our modern way of life. Today, he spends his time managing his own private energy consulting practice, while moonlighting as a guest author for “Wise Traditions” and their “Technology as a Servant” series covering topics such as energy, climate change or whatever topics may be top of readers’ minds.
DISCUSSION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, BIBLICAL APOCALYPSE OR MORE HOT AIR?
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
Today our media and airwaves are saturated with climate change news, warnings and ivory-tower style proclamations. The vast majority have consistent dark and ominous undertones—ranging from hot earth face with thermometer-in-mouth suffering from fever, to droughts, wildfires, falling crop yields, rainfall variability, record heat, record cold, sea-level changes, hockey-stick graphs, carbon dioxide a requirement for life but also a toxic pollutant, tipping points, Al Gore, polar bears, Greta and cats and dogs living together—all on a high volume 24-7 mind-numbing feed. In this session, Mr. Kirkpatrick provides his views on what is fast becoming one of the major societal friction points of our time, discussing what is actually provable by the science versus how the topic is portrayed by "the science", and how to fish for the facts in a sea of fiction on this important but highly politicized and complicated topic.