February 28, 2007

I'M SORRY, ARE YOU A SCIENTIST?

I'm sure by now you've heard that Al Gore uses twenty times as much power as the rest of us do. In his defense, the blog ThinkProgress explains Gore's consumption and ends with this statement:

There is no meaningful debate within the scientific community, so the right-wing busies itself with talk about how much electricity Al Gore’s house uses — and even then they distort the truth.

I found this link at Jim Treacher's blog, where he makes the following hilarious post:

Not to mention that if I can barely afford my electric bill when I keep my thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter and only turn on the lights at night to keep from tripping and breaking my neck when I get up to take a piss, how am I supposed to afford "carbon offsets"?

It's great that he's using solar panels and all that, but notice he's not disputing how huge his electric bill still is. What the hell is he doing in there? Is he a Terminator from the future and requires constant recharging? (That would explain pretty much everything.)

Which led me to his comments section and to this astute thought from Mark V:

By the way, that bit about there being no meaningful debate WITHIN the scientific community is bullshit. The ONLY meaningful debate out there is WITHIN the scientific community. And then it's among only some members of the scientific community.

The problem is there is no meaningful debate among the public at large. Thanks Hollywood and MSM!

Something that people across the globe need to remind themselves of every single day. I'm not even convinced that we have enough knowledge and technology to accurately predict global weather trends, but the only people remotely approaching this level of knowledge are climate scientists. Not Al Gore, not Hollywood actors, not granola kids on college campuses. Let's all stop acting like we're outside with thermometers doing the research ourselves and stop talking in absolutes.

Now excuse me while I go put on a sweater. We can't afford to heat our house above 65.

Posted by: Sarah at 04:36 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 Am I a scientist? No, but I’m close to a Holiday Inn Express so... Seriously, I know at least one absolute; where I am, back in the day there use to be hundreds if not thousands of feet of ice. It all melted but not due to man. Mmm...how did that happen Mr. Gore?

Posted by: tim at March 02, 2007 11:20 AM (nno0f)

2 "There is no meaningful debate within the scientific community, so the right-wing busies itself with talk about howmuch electricity Al Gore’s house uses — and even then they distort the truth." If you defend overwhelming hypocrisy with overwhelming hypocrisy does that make it OK? Is it like a double negative? Since when has been acceptable to question and debate the Consensus of the Holy Church of Global Warming? Since when is it OK to be a Global Warming Denier? The environmentalists don't want debate. They don't want to be questioned on anything. What they want is obedience. They want you to live your live according to their rules and in manner they deem acceptable. You see they know the right way because they are smarter than you. And if in order to convince the world to live according to their wishes, a few Global Warming Evangelists have to ignore those rules, you are not too question. It would be best if you didn't even notice. Because if you did you might point out everyone that the Environmental Emperors have no clothes.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at March 02, 2007 03:01 PM (Z3kjO)

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