Climate of Alarm, or Not

by lizard

***sarcasm alert***

First it was GLOBAL WARMING!!!, then CLIMATE CHANGE!!! The CAPS indicates all of that bullshit science stuff is just shrill alarmism. Clearly.

Forbes puts it like this: As Its Global Warming Narrative Unravels, The IPCC Is In Damage Control:

Struggling to keep a discredited global warming crisis afloat, United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chair Raj Pachauri this week denied the well-documented plateau in temperatures during the past 15-plus years. Pachauri’s denialism contradicted his own admission earlier this year that there has been a 17-year plateau in global temperatures.

The IPCC is in full damage-control mode after it leaked advance copies of an upcoming Summary for Policymakers to what it assumed would be friendly journalists. The journalists, however, quickly realized the IPCC Summary for Policymakers contained several embarrassing walk-backs from alarmist statements in prior IPCC reports.

Two of the most embarrassing aspects of the Summary for Policymakers are (1) IPCC’s admission that global warming has occurred much slower than IPCC previously forecast and (2) IPCC is unable to explain the ongoing plateau in global temperatures. IPCC computer models have predicted twice as much warming as has occurred in the real world, and virtually none of the IPCC computer models can replicate or account for the recent lack of global warming.

This is great news. Human activity is totally off the hook. So let’s create jobs, mandate logging, send coal to China, frack everything, and dredge coastlines. Because, you know, that consumption can just go on forever.

And then there’s Japan. More alarmism? I sure hope so.

Japan’s pro-nuclear Prime Minister has finally asked for global help at Fukushima.

It probably hasn’t hurt that more than 100,000 people have signed petitions calling for a global takeover; more than 8,000 have viewed a new YouTube on it.

Massive quantities of heavily contaminated water are pouring into the Pacific Ocean, dousing workers along the way. Hundreds of huge, flimsy tanks are leaking untold tons of highly radioactive fluids.

At Unit #4, more than 1300 fuel rods, with more than 400 tons of extremely radioactive material, containing potential cesium fallout comparable to 14,000 Hiroshima bombs, are stranded 100 feet in the air

All this more than 30 months after the 3/11/2011 earthquake/tsunami led to three melt-downs and at least four explosions.

No, we can’t have any awareness of this brewing catastrophe. Instead we’re being force-fed a manufactured domestic crisis that’s hard to ignore, because the designed pain is very real.

Be prepared for earthquakes, dear citizens.

  1. d.g.

    This last Sunday night, in an over-decorated room within an over-remodeled, retired-perhaps-too-early downtown Missoula gradeschool-cum-children’s-theatre, four candidates for Mayor of Missoula, Montana fielded (batlessly and balllessly, it would prove to be) somewhat censored questioned from a seemingly gluten-free, lactose-free, fat-free, focus-free activist iof the Rattlesnake (where activism is writing a $125.00-dollar check to KUFM once a year.) Lizard is right (if I don’t take him wrong and turn left): Spin is, ultimately, what it is all about. Four candidates: a perhaps-brilliant retired registered nurse who seems to channel Betty Boop when nervous; a brilliantly-on-the-mark-and-tragically-before-his-time grieving father who knows this damned state could grow hemp and survive; the neer-be-handsome cross-country bicyclist (b.a. environmental sciences, m.b.administration)…who might spray pesticides on the invasive hemlock on his brother’s land…but nowhere else..and (dead-beat drum beat, please): seated (always at this forum) and acting (always, always for eight years) incumbent-Mayor John Engen. My self-indulgently verbose point? The Betty Boop nurse knows chemicals kill and said so (after a giggle and a boop.) The grieving father knows that prejudice and ignorance block an agricultural economy that could see us all driving cattle-buyer cars and, yes, that chemicals kill. The neer-be-handsome California hunting-dog trainer (with dangerous honesty) says he might spray pesticides on the invasive hemlock on his brother’s land but nowhere else. The point? Missoula– The Liberal City of Western Montana– supports (at $80,000.00 per year for eight years) a man-mayor who sat a hand-on-the-shoulder length away from the grieving father and he–the self-proclaimed “fire in the ample belly” incumbent mayor–responded to the only heated debate of the night (around pesticide use) NOT by looking directly at and deferring experiential deference to the grieving father, BUT (please indulge all-caps) BY QUOTING THE DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND RECREATION WHO REPORTS THAT SOCCER MOMS AND POPS DON’T WANT THEIR KIDS PLAYING IN WEEDY FIELDS! now all-non-caps, kids: we (missoula voters all) have, on the volunteer-appointed-by-mayor board of our Parks and Recreation Department, a relatively-high-profile (hey, this was the firm to which the football players were schlepped for early consult!) a soccer-mom attorney. Cut. To the chase: Money talks. Poor people walk. Actual science–the oncology of saying goodbye to a son–will never trump money. If you know anyone who is voting for John Engen for Mayor of Missoula, Montana, your next call should be to Condi Rice where you invite her to a Pictionry Party and you laugh like hell over the drawing of a mushroom cloud.

  2. d.g.

    *pictionary*, obviously ( or not so, wtf)

  3. Sorry to see you’ve bought the B.S., Liz. You’re parroting the denialist noise from the Koch ‘ho’s, from Murdoch and Forbes.

    You should spend a quiet afternoon drinking chamomile tea and reading the Guardian to get yourself back on the ground. Here’s one URL you might find helpful:

    That story anticipated the barrage of bunk from the clowns, persiflagous pundits and the handful of academic prostitutes who have labored to distort the problem the world faces as the IPCC report was about to be released.

    There are many other articles liked to it and other in the Guardian. Here’s another I’d recommend. Please don’t make a bozo of yourself by drinking the Koch/Exxon Kool-Aid, or we’ll be sending you a rubber nose, a fright wig and giant floppy shoes.

    • lizard19

      sorry evdebs, I should have put up a sarcasm disclaimer at the beginning of the post.

      • Craig Moore

        Speaking of sarcasm, did you see the Reuters article in HuffPo?

        DAEGU, South Korea, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Coal will surpass oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020 despite government efforts to reduce carbon emissions, energy consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said on Monday.

        Rising demand in China and India will push coal past oil as the two Asian powerhouses will need to rely on the comparatively cheaper fuel to power their economies. Coal demand in the United States, Europe and the rest of Asia will hold steady.

        Global coal consumption is expected to rise by 25 percent by the end of the decade to 4,500 million tonnes of oil equivalent, overtaking oil at 4,400 million tonnes, according to Woodmac in a presentation on Monday at the World Energy Congress.

        “China’s demand for coal will almost single-handedly propel the growth of coal as the dominant global fuel,” said William Durbin, president of global markets at Woodmac. “Unlike alternatives, it is plentiful and affordable.”

        China – already the top consumer – will drive two-thirds of the growth in global coal use this decade. Half of China’s power generation capacity to be built between 2012 and 2020 will be coal-fired, said Woodmac.

        China has no alternative to coal, with its domestic gas output limited and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports more costly than coal, Durbin said.

        “Renewables cannot provide base load power. This leaves coal as the primary energy source,” he said.

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