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Charles Carrigan
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Husband, Father, Geoscientist, Educator
Husband, Father, Geoscientist, Educator

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The irony is strong with this one. 

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I used (👨‍🔬🎺🎷) to 📏 ☢️⚛️ in💎in🤘to determine 🕐🕑🕒when 🌋&⛰️formed in 🇧🇬🌍. #emojiyourphd

At first I thought it near impossible, but I'm pleased with how it turned out after some thinking. It was a good exercise in science communication. If you're a scientist, consider giving it a shot!

Metacomment - it's too bad that Google+ emojis look hideous on the chrome web browser. 

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New study released from +NASA shows substantial loss of Antarctic ice since 2002. 

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That's a bigly mudslide on the California coast. 

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I while back, I wrote about this OPEC agreement to cut supply and expressed my skepticism that it would work: https://plus.google.com/+CharlesCarrigan/posts/etTxCntnbDq

It hasn't worked at all in terms of the price of the global commodity that is oil. Oil has hovered ~$50/bbl for the past year.

The deal has worked in some surprising ways - namely that a number of nations actually stuck to it, reducing their output, and have now committed to continuing that reduction of supply for another 9 months. The nations that are agreeing to this are numerous, and most of them share something in common - their economies are highly dependent on the price of oil. This is part of the so-called resource curse - if a nation depends primarily on a single commodity, then it booms and busts with the rise and fall of that commodity's price. Single towns in the U.S. have done this also, thriving when a new mine opens and prices are high, but shuttering to a ghost town once prices fall or the mine becomes no longer viable. But the US economy overall is much more diverse, and US companies, along with many in western Europe, aren't going to self-limit their production the way OPEC & company are doing. Since OPEC production counts for only roughly half of the world's oil, their reductions, I argued, would simply be made up by other producers. I still think that's the case, which is why I don't think this type of action by OPEC will ever achieve the desired results of raising the price of oil. Rather, national economies, like a good investment portfolio, need to be diverse and not rely so heavily on a single commodity. But we'll see what happens in another 9 months, and if this sustained reduction by OPEC will make much of an impact in the price of texas tea.


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A short 360-video about America's first offshore wind farm. Quite the achievement! 

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Interesting article on the oil & gas industry of Wyoming, environmental challenges, economic realities, and two very starkly different Presidential administrations. 

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How will climate change affect the Earth? Watch this episode of Global Weirding to find out! We care because it is not only impacting creatures like the polar bears, but it will have a tremendous impact on our society.

Check out more of this video series by +Katharine Hayhoe and +PBS Digital Studios here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi6RkdaEqgRVKi3AzidF4ow 

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Solid. Took the #MyAndroid taste test and got some excellent leads. 

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The Trump administration will have a more difficult time stopping the regulation of greenhouse gases than many people think. The reason comes down to the fact that several supreme court cases (among others) have ruled on these issues, which then binds the meaning of law. Changing those laws in Congress will continue to be difficult in the Senate.

I tell people that if you're worried about a new Presidential election, don't; it won't be as bad as you think. And I tell people who are excited about a new President that it won't be as good as they think either. The balance of power in the US government effectively means that Presidents can never do as much as their supporters want them to do or as much as the opposition is worried they will do. 
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