The Watering Hole; Thursday June 12 2014; Climatic Idiocy

Climatic Idiocy. Where to begin? There is, in case anyone’s missed it, yet one more emerging Obama atrocity: his War on Coal. Actually, it’s one of the best ideas in recent memory, the concept of drastically reducing carbon emissions by drastically reducing the use of coal in power generation; it’s the wingnut reaction to same that’s idiotic. Here are a couple of grand headlines which come close to describing the . . . ermmm . . . the idiocy — yeah, there’s the word! — that forever drives Wingnuttistanians everywhere.

First, there’s this li’l gem: Coal Company CEO Threatens To Sue EPA For ‘Lying’ About Climate Change

Next, to demonstrate that not all wingnut idiots are Republican, there’s this one: West Virginia Democrat Unveils Bill To Let Coal Plants Emit Unlimited Carbon Pollution

And of course, implied in the coal industry’s resistance to the ‘War on Coal’, there’s the task of bought-and-paid-for and/or idiot politicians to do all they can to diminish the progress of clean energy alternatives. Starting here at home, there’s this: House Republican Budget Would Cut $113 Million From Renewable Energy

And from Down Under (where one might think politicians might oughtta be urging every possible means to reduce carbon emissions to zero), there comes word that Australian PM Tony Abbott Travels The World To Drum Up Anti-Climate Action Coalition

I could go on, and on, and on, and . . . well, OK, one more. We should definitely not ignore the idea put forward by an idiot (Republican) Florida Congressman: If Humans Cause Climate Change, Then ‘Why Did The Dinosaurs Go Extinct’?

Indeed. I mean really, why didn’t I think of that?

There are, however, in a small handful of spots on the globe, evidences of cognitive thought on climate change, followed by action mandates designed to attack the problem head on, action mandates that are clearly NOT designed by idiots, NOT driven by idiocy. Example: Finland Sets New, Ambitious Goal For Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, wherein:

Last week, Finland became the latest European country to set itself a new and newly ambitious goal for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Climate Change Act legally commits the country to reducing its emissions 80 percent below their 1990 levels by 2050, and enters into legal force in 2015.

Imagine it. A land with no wingnuts, a land free of Climatic — make that Climactic Idiocy!

Rant over. For now, at least. Whew.



32 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday June 12 2014; Climatic Idiocy

  1. (do hope the groups does updates on this – it will be extremely interesting to see how this turns out)
    Southwest England:


      I enjoy surf fishing.
      I used to fish Pescadero whenever I could.
      I am now on the Southern East Coast which is nothing but a suburb of New York, New Jersey, and outlying areas.
      Cruise ships come and go from Cape Canaveral daily.
      The Gulfstream combined with offshore winds bring garbage to the beach.
      I don’t care what the law says, plastic doesn’t break down and people still throw crap overboard.
      Plastics gets smaller and smaller or fades from the sunlight but it doesn’t go away.
      The garbage that washes up here is enough to make me pack up and go home.
      I have done this more than once.
      I carry a few trash bags with me and pick up what I can.
      The real kicker is: Game wardens stopping me demanding to see what I have in the bag.
      I don’t poach, I take what I can eat and try to enjoy a day at the beach watching pasty white people from up north run up and down the beach in their banana hammocks getting skin cancer from a UV index of 12.
      I could rant about this for many more paragraphs but the problem isn’t going away until fundamental changes take place in attitudes and packaging.

  2. And don’t get me started on those god dammed Lance Armstrong wrist bracelets.
    Nothing goes with a nice outfit like a cheesy plastic token of misguided concern.

  3. When people say that humans can’t be causing climate change, I like to ask why we don’t use lead in gasoline anymore. Lead levels were clearly shown, and accepted, to be higher everywhere in the world due to the addition of lead in gasoline yet somehow the CO2 from the same source, and of course others, is not?

    The pale blue dot can be seen from the moon to have a fairly thin skin. It does not go up forever.

  4. “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that.” I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” — Rick Perry, comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. Of all places, in San Francisco.

  5. Libertarian pundit Adam Kokesh defends Las Vegas shooters for “not necessarily unjustified violence”

    Speaking on his Internet show on Wednesday, libertarian pundit, gun rights activist, and former resident of a D.C. prison Adam Kokesh partially defended the actions of Jerad and Amanda Miller, the far-right extremists who recently killed two police officers, a civilian and themselves in a Las Vegas public shooting.

    Railing against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and USA Today for acknowledging how the Millers were influenced by Kokesh, the host swore vengeance, saying that the SPLC and USA Today are “not going to get away with it this time.”

    He also argued that because America’s political institutions — including the police — have become “homicidal … against freedom,” it was wrong to see the Millers unprovoked killing spree as acts of murder rather than self-defense.

    “Let’s say someone is going around stabbing people, like, just stabbing people,” Kokesh said. “It’s not murder to kill someone in that situation. And [as] has been pointed out about the Vegas shooting, when you have police officers that are going around and doing violent things all day long, and then they take a break for lunch, well, it doesn’t mean all of the sudden they’re innocent or they’re being peaceful because they’re taking a break from all of their other anti-freedom, rights-violating violence,” he continued.

    Kokesh argued next that the Millers had, if anything, saved lives by murdering two police. “Think of how many lives might have been saved by this incident,” he urged his audience. “How many people would these cops have killed had they not been killed?”

    “We can only hope that some of the officers in America are listening — if you care about your own safety — to understand that you are hurting people,” Kokesh threatened, “and you can only push them so far before they hit a breaking point.”

    Ultimately calling the attack an example of “not necessarily unjustified violence,” Kokesh insinuated that the Millers’ killing spree was the government’s fault.

  6. Boehner was on TV today, to paraphrase, that we should have military involvement in Syria, Libya, and Egypt. And of course, now in Iraq. I would bet that the Republicans will push this to the point where the US will have troops on the ground again in some, if not all of these areas.

    Gosh, I wonder what McCain will advocate. I wonder….

  7. Meet Dave Brat:

    Molly Redden and David Corn unpack Brat’s ideology:

    “A quick review of his public statements reveals a fellow who is about as tea party as can be. He appears to endorse slashing Social Security payouts to seniors by two-thirds. He wants to dissolve the IRS. And he has called for drastic cuts to education funding, explaining, “My hero Socrates trained in Plato on a rock. How much did that cost? So the greatest minds in history became the greatest minds in history without spending a lot of money.” An economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in central Virginia, Brat frequently has repeated the conservative canard that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae brought down the housing market by handling the vast majority of subprime mortgages. That is, he absolves Big Finance and the banks of responsibility for the financial crisis that triggered the recession, which hammered middle-class and low-income families across the country. (In fact, as the housing bubble grew, Freddie and Fannie shed their subprime holdings, while banks grabbed more.)”|+Mother+Jones%29

    Brat is a climate change skeptic:

    In a recent campaign event video, Brat explains his free-marketeer perspective on environmental and energy problems. Naturally, he believes that American ingenuity will lead the way to a cleaner environment. But he also hints at a disbelief in the science of global warming, and alludes to a well-worn myth that has been widely used on the right to undermine trust in climate scientists – the idea that just a few decades ago, in the 1970s, climate experts all thought we were headed into “another Ice Age.”

    • I would think the solution is really simple. The Maliki government should simply unearth all those WMDs that Bush and Cheney couldn’t find there and use them to wipe out the opposition. Or maybe, if they kept some of Saddam’s DNA they could put him back together and let him handle the details?

      It’s so simple. 😯

      • Thanks babyboyBush and evil incarnate the Dick.

        Oh, what a tangled web we weave
        When first we practise to deceive!
        Walter Scott

        • Dubious is easy to picture. Playing with his paints in a fantasy of world leaders, oblivious to their contempt while he waits for the grass to grow high enough to mow again. Bored with the canvas he may wander into the bedroom to rub Saddam’s pistol some more, then go shower to rinse his self portrait away.
          Too bad about the shortage of ammunition these days…
          Oily Dick is likely in a bunker, either fiddling with his flies and fuming about the trout streams drying up, cursing his luck; or rubbing hands gleefully across his chest dreaming of the next transplant, plotting whose heart to next rip out.

  8. Climate change here today, on a lot of levels. It’s raining after a long stretch of sunny weather, and it’s been requested I take 2 days off. Seems I’ve been getting a little wiggy after a month or so of straight hard at it.
    Changed my display name to something everyone here may be familiar with, and more reflective of my persona both here and in the real world. Storm Crow came to mind, Saruman’s nickname for Gandalf as he tired of the Grey One’s constant warnings of doom, but no, too gloomy. Personally I feel less wise and more like Radagast the Brown mushing rabbits… -chuckle-
    Domestic duties and continued blog reconstruction today, put on a little Enya and let it all go. Low tide is at sunset, heading down the beach to that special little perch. Clouds may occlude a view of the sun smoldering into the sea, but I’ll find something there to burn… raawk on…

    • Hoping his future is bright . . . bright enough that he — one day in the not too distant future — runs for and is elected POTUS. Imagine it: a descendant of aboriginal America in the White House!

      That’s assuming we last into “the not too distant future,” of course.

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