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February 28, 2011

CONSENSUS WATCH – 2/28/2011

An ongoing series dedicated to vigorously monitoring emerging threats to The Consensus that global warming is real, caused by humans, and must be addressed at all costs. Because without consensus, scientific conclusions would remain vulnerable to new data.

One of the ongoing problems with the scientific consensus on global warming is the fact that large numbers of scientists disagree with it.

Of course, these are mostly quibbles, such as NASA scientist Dr. Leonard Weinstein who noted that “Any reasonable scientific analysis must conclude the basic theory wrong,” or Nobel Prize-Winning Stanford University Physicist Dr. Robert B. Laughlin, who observed that “You can't find much actual global warming in present-day weather observations,” or Dr. Christopher J. Kobus, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University, who subtly suggested that “The whole thing is a fraud. And even the fraudsters that fudged data are admitting to temperature history that they used to say didn't happen,” but you’re always going to have some minor disagreement on the margins.

Clearly, there remains a broad consensus that human emissions of CO2 constitute a grave threat to our climate, particularly among those scientists who believe that human emissions of CO2 constitute a grave threat to our climate, and really, who better to know?

Despite this, there remains an inexplicable complacency among the public at large.  Some point to the fact that there’s no evidence that the planet is actually getting warmer. Others suggest that such things as increased snowfall, despite predictions to the contrary, have shaken confidence in the Consensus. 

We believe the problem is much simpler:

Insufficient amounts of hysteria.

It’s just not enough to tell people the glaciers are melting, particularly when they aren’t.  You have to personalize it.

Fortunately, Washington, DC-based climate activist Mike Tidwell is up to the task, writing in a recent op-ed piece for The Washington Post, that buying solar panels, using an energy-efficient refrigerator, and heating his home with organically fertilized corn pellets was simply not going to be enough, particularly given world food riots that have taken place over the past few years, so he upgraded all the locks on his doors.

Okay, sure, world food riots are partly the product of comfortable, well-fed global warming enthusiasts using corn for fuel rather than for food, and the closest thing we get to a food riot in the Washington metro area is when the Whole Foods runs out of artisan sourdough, but his heart is in the right place, which is all that counts.

What has driven Mr. Tidwell to take up firearms training and attempt to grow vegetables “behind barred basement windows?”

It wasn’t just because of an increase in the number of extreme worldwide weather events, which is just as well since there hasn’t actually been an increase in the number of extreme worldwide weather events, but something much more personal:

We’ve had a few rain storms here in DC over the past year or so.

As Mr. Tidwell tells it:

“Suddenly, darkness overcame us, and it became midnight at 8 a.m. The street lamps flickered on. Cars turned on their headlights. And I saw the largest, darkest, windiest thunderstorm I'd ever seen, approaching from the west. I whipped out my cellphone and called my wife in Takoma Park. ‘Go to the basement now!’ I said. Inside the TV studio, I watched the anchors switch to a live report about apartment dwellers trapped by a massive fallen oak as the first of more than 100,000 homes began to lose power. Houses across the area were ripped open by wind and crashing tree trunks.”

We remember well that storm.

Okay, no we don’t, but we’re sure if we did, it would also be seared into our memory.  How could it not be, what with it getting dark and windy and a tree falling down.

It was like he lived through the apocalypse, only with good cell phone service.

So what does Tidwell's family think of his endeavors to keep them safe including raiding his young son’s college fund to purchase a $1000 generator?

And my wife, God bless her, accepts the truth about what's happening to our planet. She knows we have to prepare.”

(He might want to make sure her preparations don’t include a court order.)

Remember, we'll never convince people to believe in the Consensus just using facts, even if we had them.  We have to rely on hysterical retellings of routine events and childlike hyperbole if we're going to make any progress.

Or do you just want to keep behaving like a Neanderthal?

J.

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