Earth Hour approaches, but before token greens can sit around a candle for their annual darkathon, they must endure the trial of the snark. This week David Suzuki is a depressed hippie, Google chooses sides and hippie food is bad for penguins.
Part One: Hippie of the Week
David Suzuki sat for an interview with rabble.ca and the lifelong hippie who calls himself an elder is unhappy that we focus on the economy instead of the ecology. A selection of quotes:
- “…global economics is actually speeding up the destruction”
- “we revel in the economic antics of Bill Gates and these people and I think we’ve really lost our way in our obsessing with the economy”
- “The problem we face is not only that the corporate agenda has become the government agenda, but that the economic system, which we exist within, is fundamentally flawed and inevitably destructive.”
- “…economists actually think that, even though we actually live within a finite biosphere, the economy can grow forever. It can’t.”
He blames skeptics, business, government and everyone else for environmentalism’s failures, but acknowledges he’s wasted his life:
You’re asking someone who’s been, I think, a total failure. I’ve done the best I could, but I don’t see much traction.
Why yes, I would like some fries with my schadenfreude.
If Dave really wants to know why so few people wish to follow his model of economic destruction, he should look to his own hubris. When he called for jail time for skeptical politicians a large portion of Canada and the world stopped listening to the suddenly embarrassing old hippie.
Part Two: Warmists & Scaremongers
Al Gore applauded Sen. Markey for using humor to hit back at skeptics. The joke?
“…I’m worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating about the room.”
Al needs to get out more or read the Round-Up – his idea of funny, isn’t.
Earth Hour (this Saturday, 26th) used to be a global event that attracted the big guns to promote it and much of the world would sit in the dark for an hour and forget about the planet for the next 364 days and 23 hours. If ever you needed evidence of the movements shrinking influence, I give you, err, Verne Troyer:
Oh, and the WWF says Earth Hour has nothing to do with saving energy. Wait, what?
British journo Bryan Appleyard wonders why hippies haven’t claimed natural disasters in Russia and Pakistan as evidence to make the case for global warming. No, really.
American Thinker wonders why the only building lighting up the NY skyline at night belongs to the global organization that insists we use less energy? Hmmm
The situation in Japan’s nuclear power station remains unstable, but that doesn’t stop hippies from making as much of the disaster as possible. Bill McKibben is concerned, of course. Weepy Bill only has two settings, ‘alarmed’ and ‘ohmygodweregonnadie’
Big news of the week is that the alien’s prototype evil-robot George Monbiot was tested and performed very well, penning a column in favor of nuclear energy. The real George was quickly returned to his desk, albeit with a blow-up cushion and a headache. We’ll keep an eye open for future appearances by robo-George.
Minx the Merciless has created a searchable database of IPCC quotes, because nothing works better than using their own words against them. She also has some words for scientists who prefer to call their critics anti-science instead of proving their hypotheses. When the IPCC is finally laid to rest, there’ll be a Donna-sized bootprint on the dirt.
Australia struggles with the carbon-tax threat, which is wealth redistribution dressed in green.
Belgium has convicted Greenpeace protesters. Big green’s useful idiots avoided time in the big house, but the hippies on trial in Denmark may not be so lucky. Popcorn, anyone?
The evil Koch Brothers and how they fund climate denial:
Greenpeace released a report last year about the Koch foundations supporting organizations that oppose “progressive clean energy and climate policy.” Koch gave $24.9 million from 2005 to 2008 to “organizations of the climate denial machine,”
Wow, that’s 12 times less money than Al Gore spent in three years. They don’t mention that, oddly enough.
Are journalists bipolar? How else to explain tension between climate
alarmists scientists and journalists?
Yoof movements are beloved of the statists, which is why Aussie yoofs are gathering on web sites and President Obama is forming a Conservation Youth Corps. But don’t sweat it, yoofs of today limit their protesting to hitting a ‘Like’ button on Myfacespacebook. Marching is for suckers.
Hippies on Ice. Not some skating show featuring thin white guys in dreadlocks wearing patchouli-themed costumes, but the intrepid adventurers of the Catlin Survey. Make your prediction for the date of their harrowing rescue in the comments.
Green on green action – always a fan favorite.
Grumpy old men get Bralizians, or something:
Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Cameron Attending the 2nd International Forum on Sustainability in Brazil
Peace love and lynch the deniers. The mindset of the modern hippie.
It’s great to be a climate scientist – even when you get all the details wrong, you’re still right.
Part Three: Inconvenient Truths
The troubled nuclear plant in Japan sucked up all the oxygen when it came to coverage on the TV news, but there are some very real things to worry about rather than the meltdown that wasn’t.
Wind power kills. It’s true, wind is more dangerous than nuclear in the US.
Oh noes, natural variability causes weather extremes, not a trace gas essential to life on Earth:
The first chink in the armor came back in the fall of 2010, when scientists from the Physical Sciences Division of the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presented the results of their preliminary investigation. They concluded that “despite this strong evidence for a warming planet, greenhouse gas forcing fails to explain the 2010 heat wave over western Russia. The natural process of atmospheric blocking, and the climate impacts induced by such blocking, are the principal cause for this heat wave.”
The Gaia-saving Chevy Volt is going backwards – it’s only getting about 27 miles on an electric charge before the gas-powered motor kicks in. But corporate welfare crack-whore GE has pledged to buy 50,000 Volts. At a tax-payer subsidy of $7500 each that’s only $375 million. Bargain.
Good news for Africa, Canadian researchers have found a cheap way to treat malaria. Now the greens will have to find another way to depopulate Africa.
Fire up the cars and generators. Turn on every light in the house, crank the heat and open the windows. Global warming is good for wine production. Save the grapes!
Talking sense about ecology – global warming does not explain problems with biodiversity:
…when it comes to managing and conserving species and ecosystems, trying to figure out exactly how much of any one particular decline is due to greenhouse gases is not necessarily helpful, and may actually not be possible.
Pesky Kilimanjaro icecap refuses to die, hippie credibility hardest hit.
A polar bear dies of brain damage, and the littlest icon will be stuffed and mounted.
Anthony Watts headed west and discovered a lot of wind turbines aren’t working.
Uh oh, a shipwreck in the South Atlantic has lubed up local penguins, and not in the good way. The ship was transporting soy beans – hippie manna. Oh, the ironing.
The IPCC sayeth, and the Minx never forgets. And asks questions. Questions they won’t/can’t/don’t want to answer.
In OZ, as everywhere – ultimately it is about the science:
Many new folk are appearing on the anti-carbon tax team, and here’s the weird thing for we seasoned skeptics, some of these oppose the tax, yet “believe” the science (?!) “It’s too hard” they say. They seem to think if we just beat the tax, we can ignore the reason the tax is supposedly there in the first place. The science is the whole official reason for the tax, and if we don’t force the crowds to notice the corruption, the cheating, and the way science is exploited, then we are asking to be bludgeoned with it again.
Who knew that if a government shuts down your business they can still expect you to pay a green tax?
California’s AB32 green law is on hold after a court found it in breach of… California’s green laws.
President Obama finally lifted his objections to offshore drilling. In Brazil. Wait, what?
The EPA – victim or misanthrope? You decide.
UK Prime Minister Cameron promised the greenest government evah, until the numbers didn’t add up. Odd how it’s all fun until the money runs out.
Grist grinds its molars at the prospect of more miners prospecting for coal:
…despite his administration’s rhetorical embrace of clean energy, Obama is effectively using modest wind and solar investments as cover for a broader embrace of dirty fuels. It’s the same strategy BP, Chevron, and other major polluters use: tout modest environmental investments in multi-million dollar PR campaigns, while putting the real money into fossil fuel development.
Don’t they remember that it doesn’t matter what fuel America uses – the very act of selecting Obama was enough to quell the rising seas and heal Gaia.
Part Four: AGW in the News
Hippies celebrate that wind turbines survived the Japanese earthquake:
Even the Kamisu semi-offshore wind farm, located about 300km [186 miles] from the epicenter of the quake, survived. Its anti-earthquake “battle proof design” came through with flying colors.
For comparison, the Fukushima power plant was only 75 miles [120km] from the epicenter and also had to survive the following tsunami.
Unable to win in the court of public opinion or the ballot box – desperate warmists turn to the legal system to save the green agenda.
Is global warming a cargo-cult? I’m not convinced about the cargo part, but the cult? Yep.
Not all religions are alike. In Oz, an old religion warns against voting for neo-pagans.
Germany’s Der Spiegel takes apart the environmental movement in a long but-oh-so refreshing look at the gap between green marketing and reality.
Alberta approves Canada’s largest wind farm, because killing ducks with tailing ponds was getting old.
John Gummer gnashes his gums at Australia and tells the colonials how to proceed:
Even if they were all wrong and we acted, the result would be that we would have a cleaner planet, more able to cope with feeding, housing, and clothing those 9 billion people. If, however, we follow the sceptics and they turn out to be wrong, then we would leave our children a legacy of destruction. The risk is all one way, which explains why in Britain, scepticism is confined to the extremes.
It also explains why Britain is broke and facing a powerless future, but he forgot to mention that part.
More bad news for the Volt – Forbes doesn’t like it.
Coca-Cola sponsors Earth Hour and everyone pretends not to notice how the drinks giant infuses its most popular product with CO2 as they sit in the dark to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. Coke says:
Jon Woods, Country Manager for Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland, said, “Once again Coca-Cola is pleased to give its full support to Earth Hour. As a business, Coca-Cola works hard to behave responsibly and in a way that leaves as little impact on the planet as possible. We hope that our activity this year, more prominent than ever before, encourages our consumers to do likewise. Climate change is one of the most serious issues of our time and all businesses must roll up their sleeves in response- we will be doing our best to ensure that this year’s event is a resounding success.”
Hippies and thinking it through, not a strength.
Watching polar bears float on ice is less likely to persuade you about global warming than discovering your basement is flooded. Or something.
Blasphemy! The Daily Telegraph wonders if Climate Week might be greenwashing. The horror.
The global carbon credit market, deader than a parrot.
Part Five: Global Hottie
Gisele Bundchen was 2010 Earth Hour Ambassador. We featured 2011 choice Miranda Kerr a week or so ago, so we salute the hippies realization that hot can be a very good thing with a look back to last year.
Thanks for reading.