Why aren’t we changing our activity?
Why aren’t we changing our activity?
Record-breaking heat in Baltimore, Washington and Philly. No apologies seem to be forthcoming from Faux News and Reactionary pundits who mocked Al Gore during last winter’s snowstorms. Blinded by ideology? Cherry picking the facts? Or just stupid? You decide.
Remember the climate-change deniers mocking Al Gore last winter during the unusually heavy snowfall? Funny that they’re keeping their traps shut in the face of record-breaking June heat wave - the Earth Fuckers really owe Mr. Gore an apology.
And right after apologizing to Mr. Gore, the Earth Fuckers should apologize to the scientists of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit for stealing their emails and smearing them mercilessly over the last year – an independent panel of researchers has upheld their research results and professional integrity.
Don’t hold your breath, though – Uber-Earth Fucker Apologist Benny Feiser doesn’t put much faith in either solid science nor an unbiased review process:
But Benny Feiser, who runs the skeptic-leaning Global Warming Policy Foundation, said there was strong evidence that legitimate requests for information had been repeatedly stifled.
“I don’t think the university can just claim that this is a vindication,” he said. He promised his own inquiry into the matter, to publish its report in August.
This is the real difference between real scandals and reactionary-inspired scandals – just like Whitewater, Climate Gate has turned out to be nothing more than a Reactionary smear campaign of dirty ad-hominem attacks designed to muddy the waters of public discourse and keep it off the course from the discussion that really matters.
Sir Richard Branson saw fit to lecture to world leaders currently debating carbon emissions limits at Copenhagen on behalf of the airline industry. “Reduction targets”, not carbon taxes is what he’d like. He’s also pushing the idea of moving the airline fleets to biofuels, something he terms green fuel.
Biofuels, you know – things like ethanol and bio diesel derived from industrial agriculture that require more energy inputs then they produce in outputs and exist only as pork delivery vehicles for firms like ConAgra?
Keep in mind this bullshit is from a guy who has made an a second fortune from running an especially carbon porky business, an airline. And if that weren’t enough, his latest venture is to fly fat rich tourists into space. Hey Sir Carbon Asshole, here’s a reduction for you – shelve your stupid space tourism and save the planet an additional 54,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually – and tell your rich buddies to go plant some trees on one of their 365 days of yearly vacation instead.
And while you’re at it, why don’t you make a real statement and shelve your new Formula 1 racing team. I don’t think the additional 50 tonnes of CO2 your car will emit per season will ‘tip the balance’ but talk about hypocrisy.
Curious about when your coastal town or property will go back to the sea?
“To establish a timeline, choose a location … and find out its elevation. You can then use the graph to determine if the area will be underwater at any particular date between 1990 and 2100.”
Here is a distinction a country would want to avoid – first to disappear under the seas due to the rising sea level stemming from global warming. The population of Tuvalu has already started to abandon their sinking island as increasingly high tides smash up their houses and a salty water table kills off their crops.
So does the ‘country’ still exist after the last Tuvaluan has left? Do they keep their U.N. seat? How about their lucrative “.tv” top-level domain?
Joking aside, we should round up the prominent loud-mouth global warming deniers and shove them onto the soggy uninhabitable land as punishment for their crimes against humanity.
Well okay, maybe rampant deforestation created conditions for terrible erosion and floods that brought down the Nazca civilization, but otherwise…poppy-cock! Er…and of course the deforestation of Easter Island had similar consequences…oh yeah, and the Anasazi had a similar problem…but under no circumstances is that anyway comparable to today’s increasing desertification and global warming which of course have nothing to do with human activities and certainly won’t lead to the collapse of our civilization…
The UN figures we’ll need to increase food production by 70% over the next 40 years to keep hundreds of millions from starving. Looking at historical food production trends, it seems like cereal production has sort of kept pace with population growth (although seafood production has pretty much peaked if not actually declined a bit). But historical trend analysis doesn’t take into account the projected negative impact of global warming on crop production.
Or more immediately, it doesn’t take into account the growing diversion of cereal crops into biofuels (a process actually subsidized by your tax dollars so you can pay more to fill both your tank and your tummy!), nor the challenges of worldwide water stress.
Until now the trends have supported the self-indulgent skeptics (those fortunate enough to live in the developed world at least) who have blithely scoffed the warnings of the food-security crowd. However we’re looking at a ‘perfect storm’ of factors that will throw ever larger populations of folks in various regions into the food have-not category much earlier than that in the UN 40-year time frame.
*Update* Just to put this in perspective, UN says 1 in 6 people are facing famine today as developed countries both cut food aid and increase biofuel subsidies.
“…the Great Barrier Reef could be “functionally extinct” within decades, with deadly coral bleaching likely to be an annual occurrence by 2030.”
The ‘big news’ today today was non-news – how the leaders of the G-8 agreed that they’d work to keep the global average temperature from rising 3.6 degrees F (even though it went up 1/2 that already). But as you’ve already suspected, they wouldn’t agree on any particular mechanisms to make that happen. More hot air we didn’t need.
To top it off, neither India nor China would agree to any climate management deal.
With leaders like these, who needs enemies? They’ll destroy the planet faster than any alien invaders ever could.