Thursday, June 9, 2011

Observations from the Heatpocalypse

In a continuation from yesterday I want to add that today it's just too damn hot to even function at all. I have no idea what the temperature is but I just heard the real feel temp is 108° and its only noon. In less than six months the Village has gone from the snowpocalypse to the heatpocalypse and scenes from "The Day After Tomorrow" are beginning to pass through my brain.

Still you have so many people who want to say that global warming is just a liberal theory and not scientific fact. I guess if you spread enough oil and coal money around you can make almost anybody talk stupid. When Mitt Romney was asked if he would disavow the science behind global warming he answered that he "believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to that pattern." Enter America's tard in chief Rush Limbaugh, “Bye-bye, nomination. Another one down. We’re in the midst here of discovering that this is all a hoax. The last year has established that the whole premise of man-made global warming is a hoax, and we still have presidential candidates that want to buy into it.” I really wish he would leave his air-conditioned splendor and check out the real weather. Hell maybe he could even sweat off a few pounds.

Than you have GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum who happens to be my favorite reason for moving out of Pennsylvania. In a brilliantly complicated conversation the candidate called global warming junk science. "I believe the Earth gets warmer, and I also believe the Earth gets cooler," Santorum said. "And I think history points out that it does that. The idea that man, through the production of carbon dioxide- which is a trace gas in the atmosphere, and the man-made part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas - is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd ." Climate science boiled down to is the sun comes up and the sun goes down, until it doesn’t. Coincidentally Santorum made that remark while talking to, you guessed it, Rush Limbaugh. I can only imagine the cloud of cigar smoke wafting through the air after that show, maybe reminiscent of a coal fired power plant.

A few years ago global warming wasn’t such an ideological topic. Both liberals and conservatives recognized the threat and believed something should be done, they just differed on what it should be. But with millions of dollars being spent by Exxon and others with an interest in the status quo, a whole field of bullshit masquerading as science has been created to make people doubt the reality of global warming. Add to the phony science an ideological ‘spin’ that the whole theory is a hoax concocted by evil liberals who want to take over the world. And what do you get? Oil, gas, and coal interests are smiling with satisfaction, knowing that no serious action will be taken by the US government to reduce our reliance on these dirty fuels. So forget about reversing or even stopping the change. That chance is gone. All we can do now is hope to slow the rate of increase and protect ourselves against the inevitable effects of more droughts, floods, high temperatures, rising sea waters, melting glaciers, etc.

As always I bow to my brother on all things scientific. That last paragraph is totally my opinion but is mostly my brother's writing. It was just too good to pass up.

Linkin Park - Iridescent


  1. I've often asked my conservative contacts 'how hot does it have to get before you admit global warming is here?' That's a really tough thing that they dislike - being pulled to the front and making a flipping decision. I cringe when they balk at 1 or 2 degree average increases and say 'I like summer - hardy har har'

    I like it too but we seem to whiplash from winter to summer and back with no fall or spring anymore. The worst is that you're right - it's already happening and the deniers are in some kind of happy place fueled by blissful ignorance.


  2. thanks Lacie! I wanted to get back but I forgot all about it. That's what happens when I read things on my phone.

    I do remember there being a time in my life when there was a real spring and I'm not that old. Just seems to be something that just doesn't happen anymore.

    My brother just sent me this and added 'can you believe people write this shit?'

    "Global warming is a politically-created myth. It relies on climate models that are so inaccurate they couldn’t predict an increase in room temperature if you started a fire. What’s more, warming enthusiasts have shut down all inquiry that might improve the science because those inquiries keep disproving the underlying theory....."

    I really think theses people need to get out of their Escalades more often. I would really love a beach house but I'm afraid I'd have to keep moving it farther inland.