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So there is this room. And it's a big room, but it's sealed off. And in this room, there are a billion cars. And there are a trillion electrical motors, billions and billions of which are running 24 hour hours a day. And there are a million airplane engines. And there are a billion other machines, all running either on fuel or on electricity generated from fuel. And every single day, more people enter the room, and many of them bring cars and electrical motors with them. And no one ever cracks a window.

If you think that either (a) the room will never get any hotter, or (b) the room might get hotter, but it has nothing to do with the billions of people running their billions of cars and boats planes and motorcycles and their trillions of electrical motors, then congratulations! You are a global warming "skeptic"! Now go forth and be smug.


Jun. 29th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
That's fiddlesticks. Anyone with a brain can see that the sky is open and free. All this heat and dirty gas will just fall off the edge of the earth and float away into space.
Jun. 29th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
One of my Invisible Online Friends, with whom I share a near-"twin-separated-at-birth"-like thing in terms of books and music and general curmudgeonly attitude, has one blaring difference from me (aside from his flaming heterosexuality) - he's utterly devoted to being the Gruff Edgy Cynic re:Climate Change. Though oddly he's quite the lefty & environmentalist besides that, so I don't think he's doing actual physical harm (aside from the hot air as he smirks and fusses about Al Gore).

I'm not a confrontational sort (or great debater), so I just skim over his posts when he goes all Denialist. Still, it does somewhat demote him in my eyes, like meeting a Jeff Corwin lookalike in a bar and discovering he likes Billy Joel, or something.
Jun. 30th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
About two weeks after I got a pamphlet in the mail from the Family Research Council (via the pen of Rick Santorum), I received the "Global Warming Skeptic's Handbook" (7th ed.) by Joanne Nova, a self-professed former "veteran believer in the greenhouse gas crisis, 1990 - 2007".

I must have checked "crazy right-wing asschapeau" on my last voter registration form by mistake.

Anyway, among other brilliant pieces of logical reasoning, Ms. Nova states that "Evidence" is NOT:

1. Arctic ice disappearing
2. Glaciers retreating
3. Coral reef bleaching
4. Droughts
5. Dry rivers

Etc., etc. This is immediately after she makes the very correct statement that "Evidence" is "things you can see, hold, hear, and record."


Honestly, here's my take on global warming. Does it really matter the exact causes and effects? We KNOW what a pollutant is. We KNOW that petrochemical emissions are BAD, because hey, if you put your mouth on a tailpipe, you (and every other oxygen-breathing life form) will DIE. We KNOW that smog causes and exacerbates all sorts of pulmonary conditions. So then, why pollute? Why not just cut down on emissions? Who cares if carbon release, or toxic emissions, or the Joker's clouds of green gas are causing global warming? HOW ABOUT LET'S JUST NOT PUT THAT SHIT INTO THE ENVIRONMENT, OKAY? Okay.
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Jun. 30th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Or, to put it another way: has any scientist anywhere ever observed environmental BENEFITS from burning or releasing hydrocarbons?

Yeah. I thought not.
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Bingo. Maybe the Cosmic Wheel of Change is just resetting the Earth's thermostat to "hot" anyway - sorry, assholes, we've only had recorded science for a few hundred years - but a) hotter is still going to fuck our lives up a lot, and b) WE SHOULDN'T BE DUMPING THAT SHIT ANYWAY.

Frankly, I think we're just likely to replace carbon-emission heat death with data-center heat death (see here), but hey, at least then we'll all have locally-served streaming DVDA.
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
This is also something I think about a lot. I'm inclined to believe that the Earth might be going through a warming period, and hey, maybe things are going to get so hot that the human race won't survive.

However, this does not mean that we need to accelerate the process, or, if you don't believe that hydrocarbon emissions = global warming, nor should we be putting chemicals in the air that probably cause things like cancer and death.
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
No reason to help the planet along!

Plus, wouldn't we do better putting our energies towards making sure that we'll all have water and food in the next century than, I dunno, making sure gays can't marry?
Jun. 30th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
....huh. Good to know.
Jun. 30th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
You mean all that stuff actually causes problems? Wow, that sucks!


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