Sunday, February 06, 2005

Be Very Afraid...

I read an article about this guy in my newspaper, mainly with regard to his book, The Skeptical Environmentalist. At the time I thought it was simply amusing. Here was a former economics professor with a doctorate in political science trying to claim he's an environmentalist, using all kinds of out-of-context information, bad science, suspect sources, and unsupported assertions, and trying to tell people that global warming is simply no big deal...at least not big enough to warrant what it will probably cost.

Now read this interview. I really can't believe this guy. His take on the effect of global warming on the world is somewhere along the lines of saying, "So the bread is moldy! It's a pretty shade of blue now, isn't it? And besides, only boring people eat such bland bread anyway. Real people eat cake!" He comes right out and says point blank that global warming will really only hurt the third world, whereas it will benefit advanced nations by defrosting cold countries (such as his native Denmark), allowing for more agricultural development. (Of course, the fact that Denmark will probably end up largely under water is beside the point.) He also says that, while global warming will certainly increase the number of heat-related deaths by a very large amount, again, it will only be in the third world. Advanced countries, on the other hand, will actually benefit from fewer cold-related deaths. With this in mind, he feels it's better for advanced countries just to say, "Screw most of the world's population," cash in on the benefits of global warming, and turn all their attention toward solving cheaper, more immediate problems.

Heck, he even says it's stupid for people to recycle, since we're clearly not running out of natural resources.

Normally I'd just shake my head, raise my eyebrows, and heave a heavy sigh at someone with his head lodged so firmly up his aft-shaft. However, a lot of people seem to be listening to what this guy is saying. Even though he has as much business talking about environmental issues as a traffic cop does about how to pilot a submarine, he is being widely regarded as an expert regarding the issue of global warming.

I'm beginning to see a trend here. People these days seem to have a thing for looking up to people of questionable merit (read "total morons"). I really have to wonder why.

7 comments:

Don Snabulus said...

The author of "Jurassic Park", Michael Crichton, has joined the "skeptic" crew with a novel based on a global warming scenario.

Look, the planet is getting warmer every year. It just is. I don't know how much or what it is going to do to anybody, but a warmer planet likely has less ice and higher sea levels. Places like New Orleans, most tropical islands, and Venice, Italy are going down for the count at some future date. That sucks. Will we survive it? Yeah.

The main point here is that the Skeptical Environmentalist is a well-paid noise maker for a particular point of view. His work is not peer-reviewed by atmospheric scientists, but then all these scientists can be cast aside by labelling 99% of atmospheric scientists as "environmentalists." Horror of horrors.

Look, if we aren't going to listen to scientists, we might as well stop researching things, because nobody is going to believe it anyway. Sure, there is a Galileo out there who will be right when everyone else is wrong, but I rather suspect it will be in a field the person has studied rather than one outside his/her expertise.

Indeed, the true answer in science is eventually rewarded by acknowledgment though sometimes it takes a while.

ElTigris said...

If it does happen and these people are still around and the worst comes to pass... I hope they are made to do the most menial unforgiving tasks, plus at the start of each day having their previous comments reread to them in front of a neigbhorhod crowd, and then given their daily smack upside the head for being a general idjeet. It wouldnt solve anything but would make us all feel better. Kind of having Mr Rogers neighborhood ...but the role call of doommbahhss.

ElTigris said...
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ElTigris said...

Oops another one of those steenkin double posts... *burrpp*

The Moody Minstrel said...

This isn't a post at all.

Don Snabulus said...

This isn't a *burrpp* either.

Anonymous said...

Philrod Piddlewaid:

INCONSEQUENTIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Doommbahhs...?