Official ASME Group

Philadelphia Section

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Commentary - Updated 4/10/14

By George Sylvestri


You collectively represent a diverse group of adults with careers in many different
fields. In my efforts to understand the issues concerning global warming, I have
read the literature extensively and attempted to develop my position on the issue
based largely on the writings of others.

About a month ago I came to the realization that I could confront the issue from
an entirely different perspective. Throughout my engineering career I have focused
on water in its various states and its use in a branch of science called
Thermodynamics. Thermodynamics relates to the conversion of heat into work
and vice versa. 

In the essay that follows I have used some of the concepts presented in
Thermodynamics and I have explained the various terms and processes
in a way that would be understandable to all of you, many of whom have
essentially no scientific background. If I have succeeded in this endeavor,
I would be greatly gratified. Moreover, you may realize that global warming,
as presented by its supporters, is inconsistent with a branch of science called
Thermodynamics, despite the protestations to the contrary that global warming
is based solely on science.

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By George Sylvestri

Winston Churchill made the observation, “Those who fail to learn history,
are doomed to repeat it.” 

We can look at past actions/policies, whatever the endeavor, and obtain an
insight into the advisability and consequences of current and future decisions. 
Those past actions/ policies may have had favorable results, or they may have
had disastrous unintended consequences no matter how commendable the
intentions were.  Whatever the results, they provide a basis for evaluating
current policies and initiatives. 

The unintended consequences of specific actions and policies relate to all
of the organizations that are involved to some degree with electrical power
activities.  The organizations involved include the electric suppliers, the legislative
branch of government, the executive branch, the judiciary branch and the
regulatory agencies (federal, state and local).  The intent of this writing is not
to cast aspersions on the individual agencies but to obtain insight into the
consequences of their decisions.

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