When you encounter anti-science climate denialists, say two words — “Ocean… acidification.” It is clearly and unambiguously happening. It is clearly dangerous and harmful. And it cannot possibly have any other cause than increased absorbed CO2 from human activity.
Every Distraction-Gambit concocted by AEI and Heritage Foundation and Fox – at the behest of coal barons and middle eastern petro princes – falls apart. Not sunspots nor “faked hockey sticks” nor any of the other incantations will work, this time.
Watch! As your crazy uncle suddenly points to the left and yells: “squirrel!”
But you can come back with another word. “TWODA“… or Things We Ought to be Doing Anyway…. All sorts of moderate, reasonable work on efficiency that would help address climate change and that would help us all anyway, even if climate change were a myth. Only one class of people would be hurt by us all becoming more efficient and saving money on energy, via TWODA.
Coal barons and middle eastern petro princes… who own today’s GOP. Huh, funny about that. So ask your uncle… “Is there ANY degree of investment in Rand D and moderate science and other TWODA, that you will admit would NOT “destroy the economy” and you would be willing to negotiate, just in case 99% of the people who actually know a thing or two about weather and climate happen to be right? AnyTWODA at all? Anything?”
Before moving on, let’s do a chilling side segue… that’s very interesting. Eric H. Cline, in his recent book 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, portrays a time when bronze age empires of the eastern Mediterranean were riding high… then went into a simultaneous tailspin due to drought and their own inability to adapt.
==Looking toward the environment==
This is what we had all feared — those of us who aren’t ostrich-people. The possible tipping point. Methane plumes are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, Mississippi State University reported. A potential disaster that I warned about in EARTH (1989).
“Warming of ocean temperatures on seasonal, decadal or much longer time scales can cause gas hydrate to release its methane, which may then be emitted at seep sites,” said Carolyn Ruppel, study co-author and chief of the USGS Gas Hydrates Project. “Such continental slope seeps have previously been recognized in the Arctic, but not at mid-latitudes. So this is a first.”
To be clear, methane is a far worse greenhouse gas than CO2… and rising ocean temps will cause icy methane hydrates to fizz, all over the globe, causing a runaway effect.
Okay, I began this missive all-reasonable and trying logic and argument. But truly? Do I any longer expect that approach to work? During phase eight of the American Civil War? Of course not.
Which leaves me with this to say to you wretched, monstrous, science-hating fools, with your “hypnotize-me!” Fox-Nuremberg rallies and neo-confederate rant-fests against all big-city-university “smartypants” types.
No evidence will change your opposition to negotiating even moderate, sensible, precautionary interim measures to increase energy efficiency or do basic R&D. You sabotage TWODA (Things We Ought to be Doing Anyway.)
You help to denigrate and geld the smartest, most knowledgeable, competitive and wisest human beings whom our species has ever produced, and thereby you declare yourselves to be brave authority questioners and skeptics! While kneejerk-robotically obeying the hypnotize-me channels owned by coal and oil barons.
Millions of science loving moderates (like me) have been willing to negotiate the best measures that would (win-win) simultaneously boost economic activity instead of squelching it, while taking basic precautions against the (perhaps slim) possibility that smart people aren’t stupid. We moderates do not want to “shiver in the dark”… but you SOB fanatics have never shown the slightest willingness to sit and make a deal.
You empower and enable the New Civil War which has reduced the world’s greatest and most scientific and future-oriented nation in history to utter dysfunction, unable to perform politics and negotiation at even the most basic level.
You refuse to look at actual outcomes, by which measure your “side” has proved insanely incompetent. You refuse to follow the money or look at who are the winners from your movement’s loony wars or from the Tobacco-style denialist-delay campaign on climate change. EVERYTHING to you is “right versus left” — a loony metaphor that allows you to ignore the fact that Adam Smith … today… would be a Democrat.
You are jibbering crazies. And when the seas rise, the climate refugees will legitimately claim your homes..
== Ahem… ==
Rant mode off. Only dig this. The earlier phases of the Civil War featured this same syndrome. A re-ignited confederacy, riled up on hate toward urban-educated-industrial-blue Americans who create all the wealth and progress. Each time it failed. Blues were (as Sam Houston wanted, during the 1960s phase) slow to anger and seemingly soft as mush… till each and every time we proved tougher than we had seemed, and ponderously unstoppable when pushed too far.
Riught now, you are threatening the very lives of our grandchildren with your backwards-nostalgic fixations. And our planet and the republic that we love. And we will stop you from ruining any of them.