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That sky is falling
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, May 03, 2007

Poor David Horton. The gloom and doom is just too much:
I increasingly think my writing is somewhat futile. The threat from climate change is now a certainty, and writing blogs, or books, seems a bit like scribbling away in the bowels of the Titanic, hoping, in a year or two, to complete a magnum opus which the Captain will read, and, eventually, be convinced to think about reducing speed.

But I would like to be up on the bridge helping to wrestle the wheel from the Captain's hands, and advising the passengers where the baling tins are, while refusing to allow the band to play 'nearer my god to thee'.

But it is increasingly obvious that I am not going to be - the captains, around the world, are still ordering more coal to be shovelled into the boilers, demanding more and more speed even as the Arctic meltdown produces ever more icebergs. So what is the point of writing at all, meeting self-imposed deadlines each week, scanning the world's media for news, forming ideas that look at the news in, well, new ways, turning accepted wisdom on its head and seeing what falls out of its pockets? Am I just a blockhead, as Samuel Johnson, were he still alive, would say?

If even the lovely Sheryl can't effectively communicate with Karl then what hope do I have of influencing anyone?
Hopefully, not much ... thanks goodness. Not to worry though - with the "Arctic meltdown" well underway you won't have to worry about the Titanic hitting an iceberg, will you?
 
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Could someone please slip the blue-haired old lady a Valium and explain to her that this is a Caribbean cruise and there are no icebergs out there?
 
Written By: Phelps
URL: http://phelps.donotremove.net
"But I would like to be up on the bridge helping to wrestle the wheel from the Captain’s hands"

This comes to the heart of the matter. The real problem, for these folks, is democracy. They wish to be "enlightened tyrants" and nothing short of that will do.
 
Written By: Rich Horton
URL: http://www.iconicmidwest.blogspot.com
Certainly this person understands that at one point in the past, Antarctica was covered with rain forests, right? And that when humans showed up in North America New England was covered by a one mile thick sheet of ice, right? Today we’re not anywhere near either of these extremes and even under the crudest worst-case extrapolations it would take centuries to reach either of them. Yet we still get otherwise thoughtful people screeching like this.

And that bit about "the wheel" is telling in another way as well. It demonstrates the belief that there is a magic "wheel" in the form of the levers of political power that can control everything: economic outcomes, social outcomes—and now even the weather.

yours/
peter.
 
Written By: peter jackson
URL: www.liberalcapitalist.com
If even the lovely Sheryl can’t effectively communicate with Karl then what hope do I have of influencing anyone?
Maybe she should talk about things a little more important than toilet paper rationing to 1 square a day. Even Rosie isn’t buying it.
it would take centuries to reach either of them. Yet we still get otherwise thoughtful people screeching like this
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Well, the problem is that those people are confusing science with what they see in the film "Day after Tomorrow".

No matter what we do, the planet will survive and recover. The same cannot be said for us.
 
Written By: cap joe
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Another person whining because his "the world as you know it will remain the same" guarantee has run out.

Boo hoo.
Adopt, adapt, improve...grow up.
 
Written By: looker
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"Maybe she should talk about things a little more important than toilet paper rationing to 1 square a day. Even Rosie isn’t buying it."

She needs one square just for the map showing her how to find it.
 
Written By: timactual
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"Certainly this person understands that at one point in the past, Antarctica was covered with rain forests, right?"

Sure, the Lost Continent of Atlantis. They cut down all their forests to make toilet paper and look what happened to them! There is a lesson to be learned there for all you deniers.
 
Written By: timactual
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Speaking of toilet paper and Crow, and Rove.....

And people wonder why he didn’t want her to touch him?
 
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