A Sound of Thunder

Via Matthew Yglesias, an argument of such astonishing stupidity that merely reading it might make you forget how to control your bowels. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

According to James Hansen, the Paul Revere of global warming, the safe level for CO2 may be 350 ppm. Hansen is concerned that “ice sheet disintegration, vegetation migration, and GHG release from soils, tundra or ocean sediments, may begin to come into play on time scales as short as centuries or less.” But currently the atmospheric concentration is 385 ppm. The 350 ppm level was reached twenty years ago in 1988, the same year that James Hansen sounded the alarm over global warming at a Congressional hearing.

Is the world better off today compared to 1988?

Whoa! I never thought of it like that!

The writer then goes on to list a bunch of improvements to quality of life in the past twenty years that really have nothing to do with anything, except to point out that if we just magically reversed the clock and moved back two decades, then we would be worse off. Which is pretty much, you know, exactly what environmentalists are suggesting.

Never once does it seem to enter this guy’s head that maybe technological advances (such as, say, hybrid cars) might actually help us reduce carbon emission. Nope, the only thing that can save us now is Superman going around the planet really, really fast to turn back time, like in that movie, whatsitcalled, Superman.

By the way, back in 1988, Ronald Reagan was president and Poison, Rick Astley, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi were all topping charts. So if the only choice we have is between time travel and destroying the environment forever, I’m gonna have to think about it.

2 Responses

  1. I think this video sums up the global warming argument in very succinct terms.

  2. Sigh.

    I guess I was asking for that by mentioning Rick Astley in the post.

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