Why Scientists Should NOT Look For Public Support from Politicians

Over the years we have considered several counterintuitive psychological conditions that cause citizens and politicians to act in ways others see as irrational: Why Good People, Including Politicians, Give Into Strongmen & Support Blatant Lies VIDEO: Prius or Pickup – The Psychology of Deep Political Division in 2 Minutes VIDEO: The Biology of Why Facts Don’t Win Fights and here is one more we think you will find interesting.  In 2014 Yale Law school professor known for cultural cognition theory,…

What is Grid Parity & Why Coal Going to Be Used For Decades to Come

“Grid Parity” is the term used in the energy sector to describe the cost of adding electricity into power distribution systems (high voltage wires – aka ‘The Grid’) as the same for different methods of producing electricity.  It is important to note that the cost has to be the true, unsubsidized cost for Grid Parity to be a reality. Coal fired generation is often used as the baseline for Grid Parity calculations as it is the less expensive form of…

How Big Was Trumps Loss Really? A Short List of Interesting Facts About US Presidential Elections

We had a number of people inquire about how large former President Trumps margin of defeat really was.  We know the number is near 6.9 million votes in total but because of population growth, that really provides very little context. So we decided to do some research and here is what we found. Top 10 Smallest Margins of Victory in a US Presidential Election:   By Popular Vote Percentage: The most rational way to evaluate how strong a vote is…

VIDEO: Why Trump INCREASED His Vote Count In The Areas Hardest Hit By COVID-19

In what appears to be a shocking result to many, former President Trump actually increased his support in areas of the United States hit hardest by COVID-19. In this 90 second clip from Fareed Zakaria’s show GPS broadcast on CNN, he uses articles from Bloomberg and The Atlantic to show that while Trump may have been a very dark figure in American and global politics, he was the “hope” candidate for those in local politics. As the saying goes ‘In…

Why Good People, Including Politicians, Give Into Strongmen & Support Blatant Lies

The American system of government relies on those in Congress, the President, the Courts, the military and the media to take often difficult principled stands. When people are elected or appointed to positions of power they know this to be true and expect to make difficult decisions, so why do they so often give into to aggressors?  It turns out that this is just human nature. This is a fascinating look into human physche in which Fareed Zakaria describes Ann…

The End of The Oil Age?

Headlines like Yes, oil is dead. Just read the writing on the wall. , The coronavirus pandemic may have one silver lining: the potential collapse of big oil. and Green Party declares that “oil is dead” are not only misleading and inaccurate, but also dangerous.   Unfortunately, these types of headlines are always from those in the first world.  Often with the best of intentions (though not always), they look around their regional environments and see decreased consumption.  They then…

How COVID Ends – Should Some Low Risk People Return to Work During COVID-19 Oubreak?

There has been so much pointless coronavirus finger pointing between China and the US in recent weeks that there has not been a substantive discussion about the exit strategy to this or any other pandemic.  That does not mean that serious people have not been thinking about how to get out of this and the answer now seems obvious. The doctor (Dr David Katz) who dared to point out that there is much harm to humans (not just the economy)…

VIDEO: The Future of the Energy Industry 2020-2023

David Book, Managing Director of Clearview Energy Partners, does an excellent job of crystallizing the known issues and outcomes for the oil and gas industry over the next few years.  Topics include: COVID-19 Trump Reelection Russia’s Tax Structure Saudi Pools of Cash De-Globalization Innovation   .

VIDEO: The Simple & Scientific Explanation for Tribalism in Modern Politics Globally

Have you ever wondered why facts just don’t matter anymore?  Take a look at this chart from FiveThirtyEight.com showing public support for removing US President Trump from Office after being implicated in seriously inappropriate actions in 2019/2020.  If that isn’t enough look at our popularity charts comparing US President Trumps approval ratings to Johnson, Regan, Carter, Regan Bush, Clinton, W Bush and Obama. It used to be that political parties of all stripes had a mixture of perspectives, but modern…

VIDEO – This Is No Cold War: The Geopolitical Threat Over a Rising China Explained

The worlds thinkers figured out long ago that China is more likely going to grow through economics and not through aggression.  That fact does not stop world leaders, most notably Donald Trump, from vilifying the Chinese.  After all, a common enemy draws people together and has long been a path to political success. One of the globes most respected nonpartisan organizations, RAND Corporation, recently put out paper titled Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer; China Is a Peer, Not…

One Third of US GDP Is Concentrated in Just 1% of US Counties & How This Effects Elections

In this short clip Fareed Zakaria explains that just 1% of US counties produce nearly one third of US output.  These numbers were generated by Bloomberg from new statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis report. “…Just 31 counties, or the top 1% by share, made up 32.3% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2018… That’s despite these counties only having 26.1% of employed Americans and 21.9% of the population last year. SOURCE Put another way, 22% of American’s…

VIDEO: Trump Impeachment? Politicians Voting Conscience Rather Party Do NOT Lose Future Elections

Conventional wisdom says that any American politician that votes against their party’s position will be severely punished by voters and loose the next election.  However, that facts do not support this. From Civil Rights, to the War in Afghanistan, to Medicare, to Gun Control, those politicians that voted against their party to take a principled stand have won re-election. These historical results explained by Jon Meacham, author of the 2019 book IMPEACHMENT: An Amercian History, may be helpful to those…

VIDEO: Complete Audio & Text of Phone Conversation Between US President Trump & Ukrainian President Zelensky

This is a followup to our article: Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden Ukriane Trump Inquiry The basis of the impeachment of US President Trump is a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky but very few people have heard an audio recording of the call. Because no audio recording of the original has been released, we decided to use computers to read the transcript.  This has the advantage of depersonalizing the exchange and hopefully allows you…

Want To See Something Surprising? President Trumps Approval Ratings Compared to Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson

When we started researching this article we had intended to compare Donald Trump’s approval rating to Richard Nixon’s, but it became apparent that President Trumps ratings are: quite consistent over time ranging between 50% and 60% better than nearly all modern Presidents at this point in their history   Click to expand this chart We could write up an whole analysis of these graphs but they largely speech for themselves. One point we think worth making came from CNBC: “…The…

Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden, Ukraine, Trump Inquiry

UPDATE: Dec 18 2019: President Trump has been Impeached and we have a transcript audio recording of the Trump Zelensky call that resulted in this trainwreck HERE. There are just so many confusing details about how US President Donald Trump ended up being accused of trying to extort political support from the Ukraine in exchange for desperately need military weapons. To clarify this mess we spent hours digging through records and press releases to develope this complete Biden, Ukraine, Obama,…