Monday, March 12, 2007

Adeptly Adapting to the New Middle

Somewhere down there in the comments, anonymuse mused

Adeptly adapting to mitigation,
Now seems a form of recreation,
Among a few who can't deny,
That AGW's real and pigs can't fly.
We took this with a bowl of carrot chips, but were amazed to see how prescient our little grey guy (well we assume he is a guy, although she may not be) was when we listened to our friend Pat Michaels on the O'Reilly factor (O'Reilly for non-American types is a blotard on steroids). You remember Pat, the Virginia Holiday Inn Express State Climatologist, courtesy of Kevin Lynch and the Kaine shuffle. How the Earth has moved:
I think human beings are warming the planet and they have been doing so for several decades and they are responsible for a substantial part of the warming since 1975, but there are people out there that are very bright and very good scientists that will argue otherwise.
and
Look this new UN report comes out and it says human beings are warming the surface temperature. To me that is like a breathless announcement that there is gambling in Las Vegas. We know that because greenhouse theory predicts that winters should warm more that summers which they have, that the coldest air of the winter should warm preferentially, which it has, ....and finally that the global stratosphere should cool and all of these things have been observed for decades. Fine, so that's nothing new, lets establish that, let's stipulate that.

Now ask what on earth do you want to do about that, what can you do about it, what's feasible, what don't you want to do about it. That's where the reasoned discussion should go.
But it is O'Reilly who breaks the hearts over at Channel 4 and climate audit:
The world is getting warmer...So that's true, so everyone agrees on that unless you are a crank or a nut.
Michaels nods

Eli kids you not

PS: Michaels' solution is to give money to industry to innovate and get out of the way.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"O'Reilly for non-American types is a blotard on steroids). "

I believe there's a typo, though I can't be sure, since "blotard" -- "retarded blotoad" -- also makes sense in this case.

Anonymous said...

We sing a song of cranks and nuts,
And wipe up bloody blotoad guts,
The world is getting warmer.

We know O'Reilley is a putz,
And also note how much he struts,
But he's smarter than the former.

Fergus Brown said...

Professor Michaels
once championed cycles;
now he's changing his habits
will he soon join the Rabetts?

In the words of a celebrated UK TV sports commentator: 'Quite remarkable!'

Regards,

Adam said...

From the 90's music scene:

"There's always been an element of global warming acceptance in my denialism."

Anonymous said...

"well we assume he is a guy, although she may not be"

Can't tell with these transpestmice types.

Anonymous said...

"Michaels' solution is to give money to industry to innovate and get out of the way."

Don't you mean "come up with innovative ways of giving money to him"?

Anonymous said...

"I think human beings are warming the planet and they have been doing so for several decades and they are responsible for a substantial part of the warming since 1975, but there are people out there that are very bright and very good scientists that will argue otherwise."

There are smart people who will argue that grass is red if you pay them enough (I would: cash only), but do they actually believe it?

Too warm or not too warm? That is the question.