Ok, so I’m concerned about climate change. I’m more concerned about the politics of climate change.
I guess what started this post was when I went to a site called “campus reform,” and saw a video in which a college kid essentially blames “Republicans and big oil” for climate change. As if he didn’t drive there in a car. It’s a standard line, though. You know, conservatives don’t care and liberals drive a Prius.
The next paragraph is a short, un-researched perspective on climate change (The crack UFUF research team is off for the 4th).
Global cooling of the 70’s
In the seventies the concern was “global cooling” and magazines like Popular Science wrote articles about the “New Ice Age.” After Al Gore was unable to get elected president, he went into major depression, gained 40 pounds, then had someone write a book about “global warming” and toured around doing a presentation on it. Liberals everywhere were horrified. Some even cashed in their stock portfolios and partied hard, thinking that a rogue glacier would be leveling their place in the Hamptons any day. Their lack of faith in the stock market due to their thought that it was the end of the world was at least partially responsible for the market downturn and eventual recession.
Alright, silliness aside, global warming has now turned into climate change. The people who were so convinced that global warming was happening now don’t what to call it that. You know, broaden the terms and it reduces your chances of being wrong. Of course the climate’s changing, I suppose it has been since the earth started.
The kid who made the remark about republicans and big oil was holding a sign that said “It’s time to cut carbon fuels.” I mean, if you’re some shrill college kid horrified about carbon footprints, get rid of your own. The ramifications are enormous. Judging by an average lifespan, a twenty-year old college kid could save the planet 45-55 years of their crying, whining, wet-nosed little carbon footprint.
Latest census data estimates the population of the United States at 313 million, of which about 29%, or approximately 90 million, identify themselves as republican. Latest estimates put the world’s population 6.974 billion. So listen, college boy, might want to pull up your panties and go talk to the Chinese.
Another kid said “The sun produces enough energy in a day to power the planet without fossil fuels.” Hey kid, put down the damn sign and get busy. You’re in college. Or, just do what you’re probably going to do, become an accountant, wait for a conservative capitalist to figure it out and then whine like a baby over the money they’re making on it. Because, that’s what you’re doing now.
Look, for the time being, we all live here, could we not all just take a reasonable approach without reducing it to us versus them? You know, agree not to trash the place while recognizing that we all live here and need to use available resources to our benefit? No, because opposite sides of the fence might actually have to come to some agreement on something.
Perhaps the kid had never learned about the first ice age. I think that was climate change too. I don’t think big oil companies were around then, so I guess that dinosaurs were republicans.
Unfortunately, even our science has become politicized.
In the meantime, I wish they’d make up their minds, I’ve got wardrobe decisions to make. Hey, I recycle, I compost, I don’t litter. Let’s just be clear, though. I’m never jamming my ass into a Prius.
Here’s a current article in Forbes magazine about “Global cooling.”