Ron sent me a nice little rant on
Global Warming Climate Change. Here it is.
Got to thinkin ‘bout Pope Algore of the Church of Global Warming while makin my li’l run to the store for Regginous. The more I thought about it, the more I began to convince myself that it’s all an evil plot hatched in the UN by those who want to bring down the American system and destroy us as a world power.
Seems to me that it’s driven more by political motivation than by scientific consensus, more by hysteria than by fact, more by crony economic hype and than by sound rationale.
I mean, good grief, only a few decades ago the fear was of another ICE AGE, not global warming. We were gonna have penguins strutting around in Atlanta and Miami Beach, not water skiing in Baffin Bay. Hell, livestock and clearcut-deforestation contribute 5 times as much greenhouse gas as all the privately owned vehicles. Actually, so does unnecessary air travel.
Climate change fearmongers and global warming doomsayers preach that the debate is over and the facts are all in. But to me it just looks as if the most obvious fact is that we don’t know what the hell we’re talking about and that all our technofixes and soapboxing have about as much effect on solar activity as fleas on an alligator.
Global warming is nothing new; in fact, it’s part of a cycle. It’s what triggered the Viking population explosion and the age of discovery, and it will happen again, as will “little ice ages” like the one that followed the Medieval “warming period.” And a one-foot rise in sea level will not bring the world economy to a complete, abrupt standstill unless it happens during a weekend when nobody’s paying attention. Last time I checked, a coupla weeks ago, there’s more ice at the North Pole than there was when Al Gore said it would be completely ice-free by 2014.
Hysterical environmentalism will ultimately cause far more hunger and misery in the 3rd world than global warming. And curbing human economic and industrial activities will negatively impact the world’s poor MUCH more than its well-to-do.
What Al Gore did was look around and realize that he was no longer significant, not a member of the Movers & Shakers Guild, so he latched onto a sleepy, nerdy, who-gives-a-shit issue and built it up from complete obscurity into a major problem so that he could then offer a solution and become filthy rich by making speeches which scare ignorant people and selling books which brainwash impressionable children and arrant flibbertigibbets.
Life on earth, the complex and interrelated biosystems of which humans are a small part, are in far greater danger from other potential catastrophes than from global warming . . . such things as large asteroid impacts, supervolcano eruptions, abrupt polar shifts, massive tidal waves, or even proliferation of plastics in the seas. I mean, let’s face it – the ice ages didn’t happen because of anthropogenic activity any more than the ice sheets melted because of dinosaur farts. It’s that big shiny thing in the sky, folks, not SUVs and leaf blowers.
The truth is that an idea was tossed out into the world’s stream of consciousness and it became the new thing, the new fad, the new cause celebre. People simply assumed because of all the noise and commotion and deliberately skewed science constantly being thrown at them that climate change is man made.
To me, that’s a bit preposterous. Anyone who has flown across the United States, or ridden a ship across the Atlantic, or – God forbid – flown in a DC-3 from Southeast Asia to California realizes just how BIG this place is and how presumptuous we are to believe that the energy usage by America in the past 50 years has caused substantial increases in greenhouse gases and polar ice melt.
The MFAs and MBAs and PhDs in Women’s Studies and Nigerian Basket Weaving are not going to solve climate change. Neither will the washed-up entertainers and ill-informed do-gooders and ricochet-rabbit crusaders. In fact, the physicists and chemists and mathematicians aren’t going to solve it, either. Only the sun can do it, and we have about as much control over the sun as Soetoro has over radical Islamist issues in the Middle East.
The point is, of course, that if climate change or global warming or polar shifts or asteroid strikes or solar flares or blue stars or viral infestations or tidal waves or supervolcano eruptions are going to occur, there’s damned little we can do about it. Nearly ALL of the driving force behind global warming is a result of natural mechanics involving the sun and/or the planet itself, not our puny little naked-ape activities with internal-combustion engines and backyard barbecues.
In other words, would you bet your next month’s paycheck on what the weather in Oklahoma City will be 3 weeks from now? Why, then, is the Oblamebush administration willing to bet billions on predictions of anthropogenic global warming catastrophes which we know far less about than weather patterns in North Texas?
I agree with Ron here. We have one true believer who peruses this site and he threw out the “97% of scientists agree” bullshit and right on schedule said that the last deep freeze we had was caused by global warming just like I’m sure he’ll say the next freeze we’re fixing to experience this week or next will also be caused by global warming at the North Pole. We’ll be in the next Little Ice Age caused by the Maunder Minimum and, like the true believer he is, will scream, “AGW! AGW!”. After all, AGW causes everything. Droughts. Floods. Storms. No storms. Hot weather. Cold weather. Is there anything that AGW doesn’t cause? There is one thing. Sanity. It doesn’t cause sanity.
Don Surber has a good line that he uses about AGW, which goes sumpin’ like, “I’ll believe in AGW when the people who talk about it start taking it seriously and adjusting their lifestyles and lead by example.”
Pope Albert I of the Church of AGW uses more energy in a month in just one of his mansions, than a family of four uses in a year. And look at all those assholes who fly in their private jets to global warming conferences all over the world. Howza ’bout their “carbon footprints”?
It’s a scam. Follow the money. Pope Albert has gotten rich off this scam by selling
carbon credits indulgences for all the well to do who have sinned against Mother Earth with their large carbon foot prints. Damn right it’s a religion!
Michael Mann’s hockey stick graph was a fake. The seas are not rising. There has been no appreciable warming in the last twelve years. A volcano puts out more CO2 than we do.
Many countries are coming to their senses and have decided not to destroy their economies by buying into this bullshit. Look at how much money we have thrown away on Solyndra and other failing green companies.
It’s a scam and anyone who believes in it has been conned. Like Don Surber, I’ll believe it when the people who preach about it start leading by example. Until then, all I have to say to the true believers and their false prophets is, “GFY!”
Update: In a later missive, Ron sent me this image.
About fifteen years ago Pope Albert of the Church of AGW started with his “ten years to save the planet” bullshit. Like the rest of the AGW alarmists, he was wrong and he keeps moving the goal posts.