Saturday, February 14, 2009

Feeding The Hand That BItes you

There's been a lot of debate lately about whether this or that extreme weather event - from China to Australia - is a symptom of Global Warming or merely a surprisingly large cluster of normal freak events. Are these disasters the last of the rare disasters or the first of the common disasters? This seems to me to be like asking - whilst under violent assault - whether one's assailant is the familiar local nutter or a scout for the rampaging army of zombie psychopaths that are on their way to ravage your neighbourhood but at present are still some miles away enjoying a breakfast of griddled brains in a nearby town. The fact of imminent zombie invasion should surely be focusing our minds rather better than it is. But the general consensus seems to be that, untill our shopping malls are actually being over run with slavering mutants, there is no need for any action that might interfere with the day's business.

Changing the lightbulbs in the mall isn't going to stop an army of zombies. We may need to choose a different battlefield

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At 2:47 PM, Blogger JC said...

The distribution of these kind of events is a question that we have all of the necessary data for.

As long as we examine long-term data, not just get over-excited about recent events, we'll be able to make a sound judgement as to whether we're in danger or not.

Why not use the actual distribution of these events to make your point instead of using zombies? Some of your audience are adults.


Imagine? a cartoonist using zombies as metaphor? Whatever next? Scientists using a vast body of peer-reviewed data to prove the (extremely likely) dangers of AGW beyond all reasonable doubt? What's the world coming to?

At 5:12 PM, Blogger JC said...

So that's a no then?

You're going to use a zombie metaphor to convince people that AGW is a reality, whilst (in this case) the skeptics are using the data to show it's not?

That's much scarier than zombies, no?

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UN IPCC is a political body spitting out reports that are designed to support a predetermined political agenda.

As for Al Gore:
Gores film An Inconvenient Truth is full of lies. Not exaggerations. Not errors.

Al Gore air brushed out the little ice age and the medieval warming periods from his graphs in AIT. We wouldn't want people knowing that the earth was two degrees celsius warmer than it is now during the medieval warming period. Somehow man survived without the use of central cooling. Gore left off the little ice age because he wouldn't want to demonstrate that the warming trend he talks about began at the end of an ice age.

He also stated that sea lever would rise by 20 feet by the end of the century. Even the UN IPCC (harldy conservative on this issue) estimates only 4 to 36 inches.

Gore also suggested that the Aral Sea has dried up because of global warming. In actuality it has been drained for the irrigation of cotton crops.

Gore claims that for the first time ever, a significant number of polar bears had drowned. First of all, they can swim around fifty miles. Secondly, the researchers at one of America's most respected think tanks the Competitive Enterprise Institute tracked down the study Gore was quoting and found that only four polar bears had drowned during severe storm conditions.

Furthermore, he quotes a quickly debunked paper suggesting there is a 100% consenus among scientists that athropogenic global warming is real. Here are a few scientists who must have missed the memo:

It is worth noting that a UK Court ruled that AIT contained many errors and should not be shown in public schools without a warning about the errors.

I find it interesting that Al Gore talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk. He jets around the world in his private plane. He rides around in gas guzzling limousines, and has a compound so wasteful of energy that it needs its own power grid. His houseboat more than likely isn't that energy efficient either.
I suppose conserving energy and fighting global warming is for the little people. Let the peasants drive the small dangerous energy efficient cars, I'll drive what I want.

Al Gore was worth about $2 Million Dollars when leaving office and is worth over $100 Million now. He's laughing all the way to the global warming bank. It's a pity some are too gullible to see it. As one of my favorite SNL characters might have said "global warming has been bery bery good to him."

By the way, the flat earthers were the ones who refused to debate. "The debates over, we have a consensus." Sound familiar? If anyone is a flat earther, it's Al Gore.

Everyone who has seen An Inconvenient Truth should view The Great Global Warming Swindle in order to get a more balanced view of the true state of the science on this issue.
You may view it by visiting:

It is the first video listed.

Happy Viewing,


First of all I would like to point out that I am guest posting here, so please don't take this as a response from ClimateChangeAction. It's just from me.
I take your point. The Zombie metaphor is not going to turn a culture on its head. It's a joke to be shared amongst activists. It would indeed be daft to rely on it in an argument. My contributions are the contributions of a cartoonist, and my mind works that way. Sorry about that.
Of course nobody is relying on humour alone. There are a number of very fine sites that exhaustively go through the data, - RealClimate springs to mind and I would encourage everyone to work through the very dense material there (it isn't easy); also Climate Progress, Climatico and others - and I link to all these on my Throbgoblins site and point to them in posts via embedded links. All the sites mentioned find the cartoons amusing enough to publish from time to time, as do DotEarth, ClimateArk and many other respectable and data driven organs. I fully realise that these cartoons, and my accompanying rants, are not to everyone's tastes and you're not the first to hint that I am preaching to the choir. There is always a danger that in-jokes might alienate outsiders, and I try to keep this in mind - but they have their place in the campaign.
Of course these are serious issues that require the serious application of science, but the old addage also holds true - Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke


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