Wild Bill Gives Us 16 Years To Live — HuffPo Says It Isn’t "Hyperbolic"



This is actually a relief!  I thought the end of the world was like next year, or something. 

Bill McKibben’s ‘Do The Math’ Tour Points To 2028 As The Year Of Catastrophic Climate Change

“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? 

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12 Responses to Wild Bill Gives Us 16 Years To Live — HuffPo Says It Isn’t "Hyperbolic"

  1. gator69 says:

    “We’re asking that people who believe in the problem of climate change to stop profiting from it.”

    I could not have said it better myself.

  2. leftinbrooklyn says:

    Is it me or does Bill look more an more like Laurence Olivier about to perform his dentistry in ‘Marathon Man.”

    ‘Is it safe?’ is it SAFE!’

  3. miked1947 says:

    It is next month that the Myan calendar ends.
    The next tid bit is the shutting down of the most profitable industry of man kind; Depending on your point of view it should be either politics or the sex industry ( entertainment, in all its forms).
    Maybe tat was being a tad redundant! 😉

  4. DirkH says:

    “25 percent of the country [China] still manages to use solar arrays to heat its water.”

    What? Never heard of that.

    ” Germany—Europe’s economic powerhouse—in less than a decade, has managed to get upwards of half of its energy from sustainable sources.”

    What? Not even our greens would say that. I’ll be generous and give wind, solar and biogas 1.5%; and large scale hydro about 3 %. Of energy, not of electricity. And I’m unsure about the amount of wood used for heating so add another percent. And that’s it, at least what McKibben would define as “sustainable”.

    • suyts says:

      Yeh, I think the coal imports are sustainable for quite some time. And the nat gas, as well. What’s with the Czech and Germany dustup?

      • DirkH says:

        The problems is that East Germany is chock full of wind turbines and has no use for the electricity. And there are only 3 or 4 small interconnects to the West German grid by now. So we frequently have electricity overproduction in East Germany and at the same time a dearth of electricity in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg where several nukes have been phased out.

        So what do we do – we send the power into the polish and czech grid from East Germany and from Czechia into Bavaria. Which wreaks havoc with the grid stability of the two countries.

        They’ve been on the edge of overload several times since Fukushima and the German nuke phaseout. Germany of course gets loads of Green protests against any new grid infrastructure project. Each local green group does its NIMBY dance. So it’ll take years until the situation is resolved. Of course they want every high voltage line to be underground, which costs 10 times as much as on pylons. To be paid for from the giant profits of the evil nuclear industry.

        They are a lot like American progressives. And watermelons all the same. At least our watermelons don’t have the power ATM.

      • suyts says:

        I figured it was along those lines. Hope it doesn’t get bad this winter.

  5. philjourdan says:

    Well, at least he is getting smarter. He now has 16 years to equivocate or be dead. I am betting on the latter.

  6. Bruce says:

    We all disappeared in a cloud of blue steam 23 years ago. Paul Ehrlich has now taken to Twitter which I conceed can be blue and steamy, so perhaps that is what he meant.

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