Global Warming Follies


Fear-mongering on steroids

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on February 5, 2009

This blog was first created to expose and have a good laugh at the funniest claims by the most extreme elements of those who say that global warming is not only happening but its causing all sorts of bad things to happen.

We found most of those “caused by global warming” claims to be hilarious and so absurd that we didn’t think that serious people could believe them.  We’ve chronicled a host of absurd claims from the global warming true believers but never really thought that responsible people in the government of the United States would govern as if they were true.

Well now, my fellow Americans, in an object lesson that elections have consequences, I present you with President Obama’s Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu.

In a burst of intellectual clarity only he can appreciate, this is what he had to say the other day:

California’s farms and vineyards could vanish by the end of the century, and its major cities could be in jeopardy, if Americans do not act to slow the advance of global warming, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said Tuesday.

Chu warned of water shortages plaguing the West and Upper Midwest and particularly dire consequences for California, his home state, the nation’s leading agricultural producer.

In a worst case, Chu said, up to 90% of the Sierra snowpack could disappear, all but eliminating a natural storage system for water vital to agriculture.

“I don’t think the American public has gripped in its gut what could happen,” he said. “We’re looking at a scenario where there’s no more agriculture in California.” And, he added, “I don’t actually see how they can keep their cities going” either.

In a decade that has seen an absolute decrease in global temperatures we now have a high level official in the government of the United States telling us that California won’t be able to “keep their cities going” because of “global warming”. The Global Warming Follies have become today’s absurd reality.

Lest you forget who the smart people are in this dialogue, pay attention to who Chu thinks needs to be “educated”:

In the course of a half-hour interview, Chu made clear that he sees public education as a key part of the administration’s strategy to fight global warming — along with billions of dollars for alternative energy research and infrastructure, a national standard for electricity from renewable sources and cap-and-trade legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

He said the threat of warming is keeping policymakers focused on alternatives to fossil fuel, even though gasoline prices have fallen over the last six months from historic highs. But he said public awareness needs to catch up. He compared the situation to a family buying an old house and being told by an inspector that it must pay a hefty sum to rewire it or risk an electrical fire that could burn everything down.

“I’m hoping that the American people will wake up,” Chu said, and pay the cost of rewiring.

Wake up America! You poor stupid fools. If you could only see the truth we could save the “Planet”!

What arrogance.

But these are now the people that set American policy. Welcome to the alternate universe.

So who is this person predicting our doom? Surely he’s credentialed at the highest level in the science he’s discussing. After all he talks so confidently and authoritatively about the dire consequences we will soon experience as a result of “global warming”. He also controls the levers of power in government to force you to bend to his will.

Well, I don’t want to disappoint you but he’s just parroting someone else’s thoughts because:

Chu is not a climate scientist. He won his Nobel for work trapping atoms with laser light.

Ok. He is a REALLY smart guy. (Who among your friends could trap atoms with laser light?) I think I’m a smart guy. Maybe not as smart as Chu.  But just like him, I am not a climate scientist.

What does that mean? It means he doesn’t know more than any well read person knows on the topic. Maybe less. And yet he is predicting the end of life as we know it in California and he’s in a position to direct public policy to implement changes in our government to reflect those bizarre views.

We are supposed to believe this stuff? Of course.  Its “change you can believe in”.       …..Heaven help us!

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