I don't know where some people get their news but I don't think denial of climate change can be reliably backed up with science anymore. It is happening, it is changing. I don't even care who or what caused it. We need to figure out how we are going to survive through it. So it seems simple to me. If we follow the path of climate deniers, blow off all the scientific data and warnings and do nothing, or too little, and then we find our we were wrong, the consequences could be so costly, it could cost us our existence on this planet. The planet will probably recover nicely, we just won't be here to see it. Personally, that's too high of a price to even fool around with that scenario. If on the other hand, we follow the path of the bleeding heart environmentalists, we clean up our act, stop letting the oil corps and climate deniers stand in our way of implementing change to our energy and resource usage, what's the worst that can happen? Some already very rich people might become unhappy because their stock in Chevron doesn't produce the way they hoped? We might all have to live with driving a gutless electric car? We might have to suffer through the agony of knowing the pharmaceutical companies aren't selling enough asthma medication to float their stockholders lifestyles? We might have to drink clean water? My, that would be awful. It's time for those that don't like change to shut up and sit down. If you can't help, then at least don't hinder the rest of us by doing everything in your power to thwart the change that the rest of us want...no, need, to survive. If you don't like the way things are going, you can always do the rest of us a favor and check out early.
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Published April 14, 2014
A trio of United Nations-sponsored climate reports released over the past seven months point to a dangerously warming planet, but big questions remain about whether the world's nations will take action and, ultimately, about whether the reports will matter. (See "Battle Plan for Climate Change.")
The reports indicate that sharp greenhouse gas emissions cuts worldwide need to begin now, with a 40 percent to 70 percent reduction by mid-century, to avert the worst effects of climate change.
"We cannot play a waiting game where we bet on future technological miracles to emerge and save the day," said Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in a statement on the report.
The UNFCCC has hosted international summits aimed at fostering worldwide agreements on halting global warming since the 1990s, with the next big one scheduled for Paris in 2015.
The UN reports have been aimed largely at world leaders attending the summit, the most anticipated since a 2009 meeting in Denmark.
"Above all, governments must strengthen and expand bold policy incentives to reduce emissions at home and together construct a new climate change agreement in Paris next year," Figueres said.
There are doubts about whether governments will go that far, but the IPCC reports indicate that such action is needed. Among the reports' findings:
—Humanity's influence on a warming climate is "clear" and has accelerated since the 1950s largely due to burning oil, coal, and other fossil fuels that release atmosphere-warming greenhouse gases.
—Global warming is already harming agriculture, the environment, and human health in real ways worldwide.
—Greenhouse gas emissions rates have accelerated since 1970, with the steepest increase coming in the past decade. About 80 percent of those emissions are tied to fossil fuel use.
The worst effects of climate change include acidified oceans, higher sea levels, and crop losses. (See also: "New Climate Change Report Warns of Dire Consequences.")
Because the world has dithered over the past two decades, averting that increase looks difficult but still possible, the reports say. But the possibility rests on the prospect of a coordinated and more or less immediate turn toward low-emissions economies worldwide.
Written by thousands of science, policy, and economics experts, the IPCC reports represent a synthesis of existing climate research knowledge, focusing on the evidence of a warming climate ("virtually certain"), the global impacts, and the ways we might avert its most catastrophic effects.
A 1992 agreement commits nations worldwide to avert that level of warming, broadly seen as a 3.6-degree Fahrenheit (2-degree Celsius) increase in global average surface temperatures over preindustrial levels.
Everyone from town sewage supervisors deciding whether to buy bigger storm culverts to world leaders deciding whether to change their nation's energy streams relies on IPCC findings to some extent.
The IPCC reports help those leaders determine exactly how much risk of "dangerous" amounts of global warming they can tolerate.
"Defining 'dangerous' is not simple," says one IPCC report author, Charles Kolstad of Stanford University, who notes that different nations make different calculations about the costs and benefits of averting climate change.
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, for example, likely sees things differently than Pacific island nations threatened by sea-level rise.
Determining how much climate danger can be risked, and what paths to take to avert it, will be on the table at Paris, along with a menu of possible responses.
"These are the most authoritative statements on climate science available," says emissions tracking expert Kelly Levin, of the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. "The IPCC does not recommend policies; they lay them out for officials. But the reports play a central role in policymaking."
Dollars and Sense
The Sunday report suggests that a worldwide switch to a low-emissions economy is less expensive than many suspect.
Without even taking into account the benefits—cleaner air and less pollution—the cost of switching to that kind of low-emissions world would take only about a 0.06 percent bite out of the yearly increase in global GDP over the next century. Last year, the $73.83 trillion global GDP was up about 3 percent over the previous year.
"It does not cost the world to save the planet," said one of the IPCC report's co-chairs, economist Ottmar Edenhofer of Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, speaking at a Sunday news conference. "The report outlines the challenges, but it provides hope—modest hope."
They also served as the scientific crib sheets for world leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, which yielded promises of emissions cuts through 2020.
But the new IPCC report confirms those Copenhagen promises weren't enough to set worldwide greenhouse gas emissions on a path to avert dangerous global warming. Instead of emissions reductions, an accelerating pace of increases "really leaps out" of recent historical data analyzed in the report, says Harvard's Robert Stavins, a lead author.
That history alone adds to skepticism that world leaders at the Paris summit will pledge to make real cuts, notes political scientist Steven Cohen of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City, much less a tripling of low-carbon-emissions power systems by 2050.
Others share the skepticism. In an April report, oil giant ExxonMobil called it "unlikely" that world leaders would, by 2040, put the kind of global price on carbon emissions that the IPCC report suggests.
For that reason, Stavins says, the Sunday report also analyzed the potential of "bottom up" climate agreements among cities, states, provinces, and regions to cut emissions. One example is the linkage between California's carbon emissions permits market and Canada's province Quebec.
If global climate treaties like the one envisioned for Paris fall flat once more, Stavins says, then arrangements among smaller locales—which most directly bear the brunt of climate disasters—may become "if not the de jure system, [then] the de facto one."
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The People parties main concern for the future are environmental issues and health concerns that will arise. We should never forget that we are a part of nature. The 12 plates of rocks underneath our earth that rotate slowly take in and excrete energy. The first layer of the earth, humus, comes from the fossils fuels from trees, animals and cemeteries that have been around for thousands of years. The satellites in the atmosphere have gotten to be so much that they are just left in space affecting the ozone layer. The satellites, the large number of them, cover and block out the suns rays in some areas. In the 21st century, in our language we believe that without humus we would not be able to produce much food to serve humanity. The People Party members and myself sincerely believe that we need to upgrade our energy conception system for each household in the United States so we never lose power. The combustion engines need to be upgraded to save energy and environmental crisis. Road structures and the paving systems should be renovated utilizing magnetic technology that will help produce energy for tires for transportation. We have the knowledge to reduce the energy crisis if given the opportunity to upgrade our lifestyle.
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It always amazes me that people think this is a hoax when you can plainly see the changes to the planet. Sometimes subtle sometimes dramatic. My home town used to never have seasons, it was hot year round and the place was always humid. It's been 30 years and now the place has full seasonal changes, it has 3 noteable seasons and it actually has winds where the air used to stand still, the number of tornado warnings and hurricane warnings has doubled since I used to live there and they actually had snow something unheard of down there.
The same can be said for multiple locations. Even the freakishly long cold weather this year cannot be explained away by these non-believers. It's ridiculous. When I was in school we were all taught that any change to the environment can be catastrophic to the ecosystem there. This wasn't hippie propaganda this was science.
So to hear these people say "awww don't worry about it it's just natures way, man isn't responsible" is just stupid frankly. It's like they've completely forgotten the sheer amount of pollution that we as a race have been dumping into the air water and land for years now since the industrial revolution.
Mr. Mick Russom has posted the same comment seven times here: that CO2 concentrations were 1950 ppm during Jurassic times, that temperatures were 3ºC higher than they are today, and that it was because the dinosaurs were driving cars. I have already replied to him below, but since he seems to want this point so many times, I think that I might be able to catch his attention by posting a response here.
Yes, CO2 concentrations were much higher during Jurassic times, and yes, temperatures were much higher during those times. This was due to a variety of natural phenomenon. The rather muddled insinuation that Mr. Russom makes is that this is all an entirely natural phenomenon, and that the current warming cannot be attributed to human emissions of CO2. This is absurd logic: the fact that A can cause C does not mean that B cannot also cause C. Forest fires have been started by lightning for millions of years, but that doesn't mean that campers should not bother to douse their campfires. Animals have been going extinct from the beginning of life, but that doesn't mean that the dodo or the passenger pigeon are extinct for entirely natural reasons. People have been dying of natural causes, but that doesn't mean that a body with a knife sticking out of its back died of cancer.
One other thing: if Mr. Russom thinks that a return to Jurassic conditions would be nice, he should provide us with an explanation of what he proposes to do about sea levels being 200 feet higher. That would pretty much inundate every coastal city on the planet. During Jurassic times, there was a big sea running through the middle of North America. Does Mr. Russom think that this would be nice?
The question is, "How can so many intelligent people be so gullible?" This is not a pressing issue, it is a media and government issue backup by a bunch of scientists whose funding and reputation are tied to the AGW hypothesis. The unintended consequences of implementing these policies is much worse than the potential problems associated with the AGW hypothesis. Watch carefully as more and more scientists distance themselves from this boondoggle, they don't want to be associated with bad science or, even worse, fraud.
In fact, for those worried about air pollution, it is the focus on CO2 that is delaying any advancement in controlling the air pollution that some are experiencing. In other words, your focus on AGW is negatively impacting the efforts needed to combat the pollution that you are most worried about.
The earth itself is not in danger. Mother Nature is infinitely better at shaking things up than humanity will be for the next few centuries. But, human life is at risk in places around the world. Wise up and get off this AGW hypothesis kick (a very weak hypothesis) and focus your attention where it is needed.
International law and strong commitment are much needed to avert the global warming than the using of technology.
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It seems to me that alarmism will lead to the destruction our way of life, an end to cheap energy, energy on demand, 24 hours of energy, hot showers on demand, individual mobility, upward economic mobility.......
What would make "green" energy more appealing is if private investors were using their money for r&d instead of the current trend that uses taxpayer dollars. It's one thing to squander you own money but quite another when politicians use resources to pay off political favors by sending tax dollars down the drain with green energy experiments
My son has a 1992 pick up truck and it has no emission controls because of its age. But he doesn't have the money to fix it because it is over $500. So how is this going to help the planet? Some of us need help getting things up to par.
The same people who "fixed" the American health care system want to fix the climate. That's what I'm worried about.
@Ajmal Mehdi you mean the National Socialist People's Worker's Party?
@Chris Crawford, the consept of science and data seem to be lost for the alarmists. Fact is, real world data doesn't support man made global warming at all. In fact it has been coolong for almost 2 decades, ref. HadCrut 3 and RSS. How do you explane that? Antarctica is breaking records of sea ice extent for 90 days straight. Arctic sea ice extent is the same as 40 years ago, how do you explane that?
@Chris Crawford Lies. You cant stick to the simple issue. Without humans the climate has been where the earth is frozen entirely and also all liquid water. Your inability to get this is astonishing. Mr. Crawford, trying to make video games under the theme of AGW to MAKE MONEY. Cap and trader.
@Brad Fregger Nice job of echoing talking points without providing any evidence at all that these made up opinions have anything to do with reality. Really shows how much you think.
@Brad Fregger I think it is a false assumption that Mother Nature can "shake things up" no matter what humans do. There are things that are too big even for Mother Nature to fix on its own. Nuclear disasters are one, massive changes in the gases that comprise the atmosphere are another.
@Brad Fregger Mr. Fregger, your argument is based on a conspiracy theory: that all the scientists in the world are pledged to an insidious conspiracy to defraud humanity. Do you realize just how absurd that notion is? If you really want to play conspiracy theory games, then how do we know that YOU aren't part of a conspiracy? After all, there's a LOT more money behind the fossil fuel companies; it would make a lot more sense that they're behind any dark conspiracy. In this theory, you are in the pay of evil fossil fuel companies, bent on protecting trillions of dollars of future profits.
My conspiracy theory makes a lot more sense than your conspiracy theory. Of course, *I* don't believe in conspiracy theories.
@mick russom I don't know about you, but I prefer the climate in which humans evolved and adapted.
The term DGW tells me you really don't want to know how Earth's climate works. Would you be happy if we stopped all climate study?
@mick russom Sure, we could return to Jurassic conditions, with sea levels 200 feet higher than today and a vast sea running through North America. No problem!
@Stephen Moline The article makes a special note of the fact that making a "green" effort would cost society very little. I think this implies that we would still have hot showers and 24 hour energy. I do not think they mean to take away our way of life or take away our ability to make choices, but rather to be conscious, each and one of us, of how individuals consume energy and how that reflects on the air you and I breathe.
@Stephen Moline That's not alarmist at all. The U.S. government spends between $30-45 billion a year on clean technologies accounting for 0.3 percent of GDP. .3% of the average household income in the U.S. is equivalent to an annual Netflix membership. The U.S. is spending about as much on clean energy as an individual spends on Netflix per year.
@Stephen Moline What "alarmism" are you talking about? Scientifically established truths? The scientists of the world have worked this out very carefully; the fanatical and false arguments are coming from the deniers. It would appear that climate change is more likely to change our way of life than any of policy options being discussed.
But perhaps you are only getting ahead of the issues. Yes, we should discuss the policy options. But let's skip this nonsense from those who deny science.
Most of the money for various alternative forms of energy is in fact coming from private investors. The government is spending much less money trying to stimulate growth, but the great bulk of the investment is private.
@Bunny Music Back when I was young and didn't have $500 for car repairs, I rode a bicycle or took the bus.
@John C. im sorry i just had to laugh .. thats hilarious ..
@John C. One thing at a time. First let's get everybody on board for the realization that AGW is real. Then we can proceed with determining how to respond to it. But right now we haven't had that public discussion, so we need to get that going.
@Roald Larsen @Chris Crawford It is not the same. The new ice is not as strong, not as frozen, not as permanent as the ice that's been melting. The Atlantic has been sucking up a lot of heat, but just like when you boil water, the water heats, and heats, but it doesn't boil. Not until all the water gets heated up to the boiling point temperature will it boil. So by the time it boils, all that water is to boiling point or above. When the Atlantic stops sucking up the heat, the heating on land and air will start to increase again, and this time we won't have any room left for the Atlantic to absorb it, and it will start to really pick up speed. And by then it is simply too late to do anything about. What do you have against making an effort? What is so great about burning fossil fuels like they are going out of style? Oil used to actually bubble up from the ground where I live. Now we expend huge amounts of resources and energy trying to extract it from places that are not only ridiculously difficult to access, but are often in sensitive environments. Not to mention, it will eventually run out. Why wait until that point to change? Wouldn't it be great to not have to worry about energy anymore because we went ahead and tackled the problem before it was a critical emergency? Shouldn't we save what fossil fuels we have left for the things that we simply can't do with electrical energy?? Or should we just plow ahead and run into that wall at full speed ahead? Our children deserve better than that from us.
@Chris Crawford @John C. Even MORE REAL is the DGW. The dinosauric global warming of the jurassic. Dinosaurs got the CO2 up to 1950ppm! Those Dinos sure showed us what we need to do now. The Jurassic period. O2 in atmosphere 130% modern levels. CO2 is 1950ppm, 5-7 times modern levels. Temperature a WHOLE 3 DEGREES C over modern times - Oh noes! The Jurassic DGW, Dinsaurogenic Global Warming, shows that those Dinosaurs, with their Airplanes, and Cars, and stuff, you know, thoseDinosaurs and their DGW destroyed THE WHOLE PLANET with their DGW! Look, who wants 26% atmospheric oxygen? More air to breathe? Who wants that! And who wants more CO2 @1950, you know, to make all those plants and trees convert that CO2 into a higher O2! Who wants that! And we don’t want the massive biodiversity of the Jurassic, no, we don’t want more plants and animals and trees, no.
@Timothy Chase Yes, sea level rise is a greatly underestimated threat. We have about a hundred miles of Florida coastline extending northward of Miami that is only about a meter above sea level; the infrastructure there is worth trillions of dollars and there's a very real possibility of being forced to abandon that entire region this century. While I don't buy Mr. Hansen's suggestion of a 5 meter rise, I think that a 1-meter rise is surely within the realm of likelihood.
@mick russom @Chris Crawford James Hansen has suggested that something on the order of 5 meters of sea level rise might be possible by the end of this century, given an apparent doubling time on the order of 5 to 10 years for the loss of ice mass on Greenland and possibly West Antarctica. IPCC had put it under a meter, possibly less than half a meter, depending in part upon the emissions scenario. More recently a reasonable upper limit placed it at about 1.5 meters. But for the most part people have been leaving out the behavior of the ice sheets, largely because we simply don't know how to realistically model their behavior. So we simply leave them out of the calculations, having an asterisk that refers you to a caveat that says, in essence, that this is what we are able to model, but things could be a whole lot worse.
And nature has the tendency to surprise us. Greenland had been losing more ice mass than West Antarctica, but according to a new paper just six glaciers are responsible for draining roughly as much ice into the Amundsen Sea than all of Greenland into the Arctic Ocean. From the introduction:
"Pine Island, Thwaites, Haynes, Smith, Pope, and Kohler Glaciers are among the fastest-ﬂowing glaciers in continental Antarctica [Rignot et al., 2011b]. Combined together, they drain one third of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet into the Amundsen Sea Embayment (ASE), or 393 million square kilometers. Their mass ﬂux into the southern Paciﬁc Ocean (280±9 Gt/yr in 2007) [Rignot, 2008] is comparable to that of the entire Greenland Ice Sheet into the Arctic Ocean [Rignot and Kanagaratnam, 2006]."
Mouginot, J., E. Rignot, and B. Scheuchl. "Sustained increase in ice discharge from the Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica, from 1973 to 2013." Geophysical Research Letters (2014).
And yet at this point there are no glaciers along the coastline of Greenland that aren’t going to sea, either. Models had suggested that the Northeast region would be stable, but instead ice is moving as far inland as 600 KM.
"Here, we show that the northeast Greenland ice stream, which extends more than 600 km into the interior of the ice sheet, is now undergoing sustained dynamic thinning, linked to regional warming, after more than a quarter of a century of stability. This sector of the Greenland ice sheet is of particular interest, because the drainage basin area covers 16% of the ice sheet (twice that of Jakobshavn Isbræ) and numerical model predictions suggest no signiﬁcant mass loss for this sector, leading to an under-estimation of future global sea-level rise."
Khan, Shfaqat A., et al. "Sustained mass loss of the northeast Greenland ice sheet triggered by regional warming." Nature Climate Change (2014).
In any case, for every meter that sea level rises you can expect to displace roughly 1% of the earth's population. And this where the prime real estate is, too. The big cities are along the coastlines because of commerce.
@mick russom @Chris Crawford So you think that it would take millions of years for the sea level to rise by 200 feet? The current rate of sea level rise is about 3 mm per year -- and it's accelerating. At 3 mm per year, sea level will reach 200 feet higher in 18,000 years, not millions. Of course, it doesn't need to get much higher in order to do enormous damage.
@mick russom @Chris Crawford Millions of years? Really? At the current (and accelerating) rate of CO2 emissions, how long would it really take? Do the math.
@mick russom @Chris Crawford @Stephen Moline Global temperatures back then were not caused by unnatural emissions of CO2. Are you suggesting that natural causes obviated human causes? Does the fact that many forest fires are natural mean that ALL forest fires are natural? Does the fact that many deaths are natural mean that murder is impossible?
It's in Chris's blood to launch a salvo of loopy drug-induced ravings against the somber, oppressed Gaia. Given that we cannot absolutely nullify the prodigality of nature, try as hard as we may, I'm afraid I have to conclude that whenever people fail to fall for Chris's nocuous deceptions, he tries leading them to the slaughterhouse via the back entrance. If that ploy still doesn't work, Chris then sics his blood-drenched, green-murderous cabal in all of its resplendent foulness upon them. As they say, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
In my long career, I've seen some pretty uncivilized things. I must admit, however, that Chris's putrid schemes out-stink them all. Not only that, but the time is always right to do what is right. That's why we must really scuttle Chris's frowsy attempts to eviscerate freedom of speech and privacy rights. The first step in that process is to realize that the presumptuous, larcenous credentialism in Chris's double standards is not always explicit. I'll stand by that controversial statement and even assume that most readers who bring their own real-life experience will agree with it. At a bare minimum, the suggestion that Al Gore and his green-gods arriving in force will save humanity from self-destruction is wrong, absurd, and offensive. Nevertheless, Chris's satraps like to suggest such things to distract attention from the truth, which is that we cannot afford to waste our time, resources, and energy by dwelling upon inequities of the past. Instead, we must take action. Doing so would be significantly easier if more people were to understand that Chris's vituperations were never about tolerance and equality. That was just window dressing for the “innocents”. Rather, it's scary how effectively Chris has been abrogating some of our most fundamental freedoms. I deeply regret the loss of life and injuries sustained by this tragedy. I am currently working to understand the surrounding circumstances so as to improve our ability to lay the groundwork for an upcoming attempt to give peace a chance.
Chris's favorite buzzword these days is “crisis”. He likes to tell us that we have a crisis on our hands. He then argues that the only reasonable approach to combat this crisis is for him to suppress our freedom. In my opinion, the real crisis is the dearth of people who understand that Chris writes posts accusing me and my friends of being debauched, impolitic mooks. These letters are typically couched in pseudo-erudite language (which is doubtless the language in which Chris habitually thinks) and serve no purpose other than to convince me that it's easy for him to declaim my proposals. But when is Chris going to provide an alternative proposal of his own? Whenever that question is asked, Chris and his helpers run and hide. I suspect that that's precisely what they're going to do now so as to avoid hearing me say that when Chris says that it's perfectly safe to drink and drive, that's just a load of spucatum tauri. Although few things are more sanctified to Chris Crawford than hoodlumism, when you look back over the text of this letter, it should be clear that I have defeated this peremptory yo-yo with my words. Just imagine what I could have done with my fire-breathing fists.
@Chris Crawford @mick russom @John C.I could write a very angry screed right now about Chris Crawford, but I decided instead merely to express some constructive criticism. With this I hope to deal summarily with the worst sorts of mean-spirited skites there are. Chris has a knack for convincing annoying scoundrels that a totalitarian green dictatorship is the best form of government we could possibly have. That's called marketing. The underlying trick is to use sesquipedalian terms like “contemporaneousness” and “electrophysiologically” to keep his sales pitch from sounding disaffected. That's why you really have to look hard to see that Chris is typical of jejune ogres in his wild invocations to the irrational, the magic, and the fantastic to dramatize his stratagems.
Chris somehow manages to maintain a straight face when saying that the more green paperasserie and green bureaucracy we have to endure, the better. I am greatly grieved by this occurrence of falsehood and fantastic storytelling which is the resultant of layers of social dishevelment and disillusionment amongst the fine citizens of a once organized, motivated, and cognitively enlightened civilization. You might not care that I am chagrined but resigned when I witness the indifference to the fundamentals of language that he displays, but you'd better start caring if you don't want him to use green drum circle music, with its savage, tribal, orgiastic beat, to insult my intelligence. Like a lion after tasting the blood of human victims, he will transmogrify society's petty gripes and irrational fears into “issues” to be catered to. Chris is extraordinarily brazen. We've all known that for a long time. However, his willingness to impede the free flow of information and deliver green propaganda sets a new world record for brazenness.
Chris wonders why everyone hates him. Apparently, he never stopped to think that maybe it's because he insists that green-Maoism can quell the hatred and disorder in our society. Although I've already discussed the abject fallaciousness of that argument, the fact remains that he is a disingenuous freeloader. I use that label only when it's true. If you don't believe it is, then consider that I am indisputably not up on the latest gossip. Still, I have heard people say that it's debatable whether it is apparent where Chris's loyalties lie. However, no one can disagree that his escapades remain opaque to many observers who dismiss him on the basis of his doctrinaire traducements and general lunacy. The voices of patronizing converts to Gaia-Green-Titoism like him can still be heard, worse still that they're listened to, and worst of all that anyone believes them.
As I see it, I once had a nightmare in which Chris was free to break our country's national and patriotic backbone and make it ripe for the slave's yoke of international Gaia-Green-Comstockism. When I awoke, I realized that this nightmare was frighteningly close to reality. For instance, it is the case both in my nightmare and in reality that someone once said to me, “The right thing to do in this case is determined by various vectors of forces in an endless multidimensional tug-of-war involving ropes leading out in many directions.” This phrase struck me so forcefully that I have often used it since.
Viewing all this from a higher vantage point, we can see that if Chris doesn't see anything wrong with using every conceivable form of diplomacy, deception, pressure, coercion, bribery, treason, and terror to utilize legal, above-ground organizing in combination with illegal, underground tactics to preach fear and ignorance then perhaps he doesn't deserve all the support he's getting from us. Green-Maoist acolytes say that nothing would help society more than for them to limit the terms of debate by declaring certain subjects beyond discussion. Sorry, I don't buy that. He claims that revisionism resonates with the body's natural alpha waves. Sound suspicious? Asinine is a better word.
Although Chris demonstrates a great deal of ignorance and presumption when he says that his commentaries are intelligent, commonsensical, and entirely consonant with the views of ordinary people, the fact remains that he thinks I'm trying to say that Chris's fairy tales are Holy Writ. Wait! I just heard something. Oh, never mind; it's just the sound of the point zooming way over Chris's head. There's a lot of talk nowadays about his belief in waters rising but not much action - just green ECO-talk and no action. They still pollute. Chris keeps telling us that he can walk on water. Are we also supposed to believe that he is the arbiter of all things? I didn't think so.
Being the analytical sort that I am, I would have to say that there's only one true drama queen around here, and Chris is the one wearing the crown. It's sad how Chris has been sharpening intergroup tensions. The silver lining around this cloud is that when you're hurt by his treatises, you learn. You put things in perspective. You pull your energies together. You change. You go forward. You observe that many people lie. However, Chris lies with such ease it's troubling.
@Chris Crawford @mick russom @John C. Your incoherent drivel is just you copy pasting your junk. And I like your kickstarter for your failed attempt to get free money with your Climatology to make a video game about AGW from which you wanted to profit. Now Cash those welfare checks and use your Obama phone to complain about independent thinkers like me and legislate us into prison or whatever you enviro-nazis do to suppress truth.
@Timothy Chase That was a lot of propaganda. You should have included the chinese papers for effect, that show an sea level rise of 14 cm./year. Real world data however (not PAL-reviewed propaganda papers) shows no sea level rise at all. That means no extra ice is melting. That means you are mistaking.
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