This is actually a relief! I thought the end of the world was like next year, or something.
“There is nothing radical in what we’re discussing,” journalist and climate change activist Bill McKibben said before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at the University of California Los Angeles last night. “The radicals work for the oil companies.”
Yes, those radical working stiffs trying to power the world with the necessary fuel for all of us to survive.
Taken as on its own, a statement like that would likely sound hyperbolic to most Americans—fodder for a sound bite on Fox News. Anyone who saw McKibben’s lecture in full, however, would know he was not being hyperbolic.
Continuing on with the non-hyperbolic messaging….
….the event is essentially a lecture circuit based on a single premise: climate change is simple math—and the numbers do not look good. If immediate action isn’t taken by global leaders: “It’s game-over for the planet.”
After the non-hyperbolic prognostication of the end of the world, McKibben and apparently, the author of the article continue….
To prevent the end of the world as we know it, it will require no less than the death of the most profitable industry in the history of humankind.
“As of tonight,” McKibben said, “we’re going after the fossil fuel industry.”
As of tonight? Bill, what in the world, have you been doing all these years? You lunatic! This is probably the most pathetic part. It’s a statement to the life of Bill McKibben and his futile advocacy. I’ve stated this before, I’ll state it again. Even if the world suddenly decided these lunatics were correct, there’s nothing to be done about it. With much of the world in a recession, and the economic activity of the rest being very much depressed, we still broke a record for CO2 emissions. Yesterday, I linked to an article which proclaimed that we released 34 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions. Do the simple math, Bill.
The article then includes the obligatory proclamation of consensus…….
However, there are some numbers on McKibben’s side. Recent polling data shows 74 percent of Americans now believe in climate change…….
Still on that meme? We all believe in climate change. The climate is in a constant state of flux. Who are the 26% who don’t believe in day and night or the seasons? Then the article proceeds to the delusional……..
Between renewable energy and more efficient engineering, the technology already exists to stave off catastrophic global warming. Though its application is lagging in the United States, it is being employed on a mass scale in other countries. In socially-stratified China, with its billion-plus population and tremendous wealth inequalities, 25 percent of the country still manages to use solar arrays to heat its water. Germany—Europe’s economic powerhouse—in less than a decade, has managed to get upwards of half of its energy from sustainable sources.
These people are a riot. China and Germany? From the same linked article from only yesterday……..
China led the table of emitters in 2011 with 8.9 billion tonnes, up from 8.3 billion a year earlier.
Well, which is it? Should we be more or less like China? As far as Germany goes, which is it? Sustainable or renewable sources? They’re building coal plants. Wild Bill and writer finish with this…..
To start, he’s calling for an immediate global divestment from fossil fuel companies. “We’re asking that people who believe in the problem of climate change to stop profiting from it. Just like with divestment movement in South Africa over apartheid, we need to eliminate the oil companies veneer of respectability.”
I know some of the radical totalitarians will never understand this, but, when discussing renewables, such as wind and solar energy, one shouldn’t conflate it with the oil industry. One has almost nothing to do with the other. Further, it has already been demonstrated, both in practical experience and in words, on this blog and thousands of others, that renewable energy can not sufficiently provide for the needs of the global population. How long must the world suffer from these delusional dolts?