You can believe what you like about global warming, of course. It’s a free country. Just remember that, if you think that we should immediately shut down hydrocarbon use in response, you’re actually kind of lonely out there. From Gallup, in April:
Nearly six in 10 liberal Democrats (58%) assess global warming as a serious threat to their way of life, a judgment not reflected in any of the alternate political identities. Less than half of conservative/moderate Democrats (46%), 35% of independents, 30% of moderate/liberal Republicans and 12% of conservative Republicans agree with this viewpoint.
I find this highly amusing, honestly. The anti-tech types have spent so much time trying to turn what has been a fairly obvious warming/cooling cycle that stretches back through recorded history into some sort of one-off situation that they completely forgot to convince anybody why we should care. And the problem with predicting apocalypses? People tend to notice when the predictions don’t come true. And they respond accordingly.
But, hey, don’t let me stop the Democrats from trying to run on that program. Maybe it’ll work out for them this go-round. First time for everything, am I right?
One point to note here:
…while global warming predictions abound — here’s2009 footage of former Vice President Al Gore predicting, based on computer models, that the entire northern polar ice caps would very likely be ice free in 5-7 years (spoiler: nope, of course) — most climate change activists are into longer-term predictions. Just yesterday the Natural Resources Defense Council published this interactive mapthat claimed to show “what kind of sea-level rise we’re in for under different emissions scenarios.” And in the notes section it gives a pretty staggering disparity for when we might reach those predicted levels. One article said it could be 200 years or so and another said 2,000 years. Two millennia.
Continue reading Quote of the Day, Ah, The Convenient Vagueness Of Global Warming Predictions edition.
Via Climate Depot comes this entertaining point (August 2015)…
Several environmental groups are planning a major climate rally that will draw hundreds of thousands to the National Mall on Sept. 24, the day Pope Francis speaks to Congress and is expected to address the public afterwards.
…and counterpoint (September 2015):
On Thursday morning — as Pope Francis prepared to make history by addressing Congress — hundreds of activists gathered on the National Mall.
Continue reading DC Climate Change rally goes from hundreds of thousands expected to… just hundreds.
Just… far in the future. Shoot, they’re learning.
Not to be churlish about this, but I’m reminded of a quote from the Church of the Subgenius that seems to apply to this situation. It’s just a touch too crude to repeat here, but the gist of it was: sometimes the stuff that people have to do just to achieve sexual release simply looks too much like work to the rest of us. Case in point:
Humans will be extinct in 100 years because the planet will be uninhabitable, according to Australian microbiologist Frank Fenner, one of the leaders of the effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He blames overcrowding, denuded resources and climate change.
Fenner’s prediction is not a sure bet, but he is correct that there is no way emissions reductions will be enough to save us from our trend toward doom. And there doesn’t seem to be any big global rush to reduce emissions, anyway. When the G7 called on Monday for all countries to reduce carbon emissions to zero in the next 85 years, the scientific reaction was unanimous: That’s far too late.
Continue reading More crazytalk about the END OF HUMANITY, YOU FILTHY CARBON-LOVERS!!!!1!!!!!One!!!
16In case you need a reason to vote next year: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse* wants to feature you in a RICO lawsuit. Yes, you.
The tobacco industry was proved to have conducted research that showed the direct opposite of what the industry stated publicly — namely, that tobacco use had serious health effects. Civil discovery would reveal whether and to what extent the fossil fuel industry has crossed this same line.
To be clear: I don’t know whether the fossil fuel industry and its allies engaged in the same kind of racketeering activity as the tobacco industry. We don’t have enough information to make that conclusion. Perhaps it’s all smoke and no fire. But there’s an awful lot of smoke.
Continue reading Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wants to wage a RICO lawsuit against climate skeptics. This means YOU.
It’s like a metaphor for this administration: President Barack Obama is blaming a problem on outside forces, when in reality it’s probably due to his own bad choices. In this particular case, the problem is his kid’s asthma, the outside force is global warming, and his own bad choice is not quitting smoking. USA Today, of all places, unpacks this for us:
Whether there is a link between asthma and global warming, Malia herself hasn’t really experienced much. The high school junior was born in 1998, when temperatures spiked. By some measurements, the world hasn’t warmed significantly since then.
Which brings us back to her father and his Marlboros. The president, who quit smoking years ago, has long kept his tobacco use out of doors. That’s a common-sense tactic for folks who have trouble quitting. But sometimes, science can show that common sense has less sense than you think.
Continue reading If you want to help Malia, Barack Obama: stop blaming global warming, and quit smoking.
This is droll:
The critics are right in this regard – if climate change really were a religion, it would be a wretched one, offering guilt, blame and fear but with no recourse to salvation or forgiveness.
…judging from the behavior of its most open adherents? Climate change is a religion, and this description of it is spot-on. Also: simply calling something scientific does not actually make it so. This is apparently a lesson that the Left has to learn every generation: I wonder what the next generation of them will pick, to replace global warming? – Assuming that they don’t simply embrace eugenics or technocracy again. Or, worse, Marxism.
H/T Hot Air Headlines.
The driver who managed to extricate his or her car without wrecking the ice did a nice job, too.
I mention that because whoever did it probably drove away wistfully thinking that nobody would ever notice. Well, somebody did. Nicely done.
PS: Now watch: it’ll turn out to be a Photoshop, or something.
…in their rooms. What’s that? ‘Courting hypothermia?’ Well, that doesn’t sound like people who are dedicated to the Struggle…
Seriously, they should stop having these things in winter. Which apparently can be defined these days as ‘any time between November and May.’
Note for future researchers: ever wonder why your comedians all make jokes about all those damned government stairs people have to climb? Yeah, this would be why. Sorry about that:
The new standard gives agencies three options for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design and construction of federal projects. They can use data and methods “informed by best-available, actionable climate science”; build two feet above the 100-year flood elevation for standard projects and three feet above for critical buildings such as hospitals and evacuation centers; or build to the 500-year flood elevation.
Sorry, future dudes: we’re having a bit of an outbreak of religious hysteria among a certain part of the population right now, and it’s being complicated by the fact that said religious hysterics are actually convinced that they’re hyper-logical secularist Enlightened Ones. Also unfortunately, the current administration has to pander to them, because they’re about the only ones who are still returning the administration’s calls. Look on the bright side: it’s good exercise, isn’t it?
Via Hot Air Headlines.