Great News: We're All Doomed!

Thursday, January 25, 2007
Reuters is reporting the imminent unveiling of a new U.N. report on climate change (suspiciously timed to coincide with Al Gore’s bid for an Oscar?) "that will provide the most credible evidence yet of a human link to global warming and hopefully shock the world into taking more action, the panel's chairman said on Thursday."

Apparently “The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due for release on Feb. 2 in Paris, draws on research by 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries and has taken six years to compile.”

What caught my attention, however, was the following quote from the panel’s chairman, R.K. Pachauri, (who, by the way, is “director of India's top environment centre, the Energy and Research Institute.”):

"I think the sceptics on climate change will continue, but the good news is that their numbers and their effectiveness is on the decline."

I don't mean to be overly picky, but wouldn’t “good news” be that the skeptics were right after all?

34 comments:

chuck said...

Six years? Isn't that, like, prehistoric in a field that still hasn't found predictive models, let alone tested them. Seems to me that the rate of change of a science based on computer models should be measured in internet years. In other words, this report is already something like 30 years old.

ex-democrat said...

careful, chuck - that's getting awfully close to being Prohibited Speech.

Rick Ballard said...

I'm sure the UN will handle this with all the skill shown in dealing with Oil for Food.

Skookumchuk said...

Chuck

Predictive models, using the methodologies of dead white Europeans?

Fresh Air said...

What horseshit. These clowns still can't explain the rise in temperatures during the early part of the 20th century before internal combusion engines were in widespread use. They can't prove (1) that they can even measure accurately long-term temperature change (2) prove if the planet is warming that man is responsible; (3) prove that that wouldn't be a bad thing; (4) assign proximate cause and propose an ameliorative solution; (5) propose a solution that is both cost-effective and equitable among nations and peoples.

Until they do all of that, they can stuff their statistical noise in their pieholes.

Rick Ballard said...

But FA, they've reached a consensus. Everyone knows that's the main objective of science - to reach a political agreement.

Especially one that guarantees the scientists a living (vide AIDS).

Morgan said...

Oh sure, laugh now. Just wait a few hundred years, when the temprerature will have risen by at least two, and possibly three, degrees CENTIGRADE, and coastal peoples all over the world will have been inconvenienced by having to move several inches inland per year.

Plus, everyone will have cholera, or malaria, or whatever that tropical disease is that kills everyone if the temperature gets two degrees warmer.

And it will be colder, too. So we'll all be desperately trying to swat bugs while inching our way inland and freezing at the same time.

Laugh while you can, neocon warmmongerers.

Rick Ballard said...

Geez, Morgan, I had no idea it was that serious. Do you suppose if we dragged Agore up Kilauea and....

well, do you think there's any chance that Mother Gaia might be propitiated by umm.. gifts?

Morgan said...

Worth a try, Rick. Desparate times and all that.

Rick Ballard said...

Well, shoot, Algore's always talking about the need for everyone to make sacrifices.. he should go for it in a heartbeat.

Buddy Larsen said...

Global Watermelon--green outside, red inside.

Buddy Larsen said...

I heard a snip of a news report that the National Academy of Science has officially dumped all over Al's Oeuvre.

Fresh Air said...

Al should keep his Ouevre covered. Exposing that thing could really scare some people. Hillary, too.

Buddy Larsen said...

Oh, mercy, yes. A Burka for that visage--it's come terribly unglued.

Skookumchuk said...

Morgan:

neocon warmmongerers

That's nice. I may have to steal that one.

ex-democrat said...

There was a young man named Algore
Who everyone thought quite a bore
Then an idea started forming:
"I'll champion global warming!
Then they'll all love me, for sure!"

Fresh Air said...

And think of all the money Al saved.

Oops! Wrong limerick.

Buddy Larsen said...

Said Al it'll be Earth First

or else you'll see all my worst;

I'll whine like a puppy
and make shit uppy,

And eat til I practically burst.

Rick Ballard said...

Algore, on the outside quite green, gave vent to great ecospleen, but a look in his head, reveals it bright red - and a brain has yet to be seen.

Buddy Larsen said...

ha ha ha--love limericks.

Old Al, without the Eco gig, would have to hang out a shingle. And I can't see this near-president actually representing me in traffic court. No empathy. Judge'd hit me for the maximum $100.

ex-democrat said...

"er, well, your honor, i propose that we put Mr. larsen here's driver's license in what I like to refer to ads a Lock Box..."

terrye said...

You guys are so disrectful. For shame.

I think Rick is onto something here with his oil for food reference. Want to bet there is not some wonderful program out there that only the UN can administer. Like say something that requires the corrupt dictator of some poor little third world country to keep his people living in pristine poverty while he sells his emission quota to China or Russia? via the UN of course.

Buddy Larsen said...

Terrye, that reminded me of this.

Buddy Larsen said...

"Green Fakers"
"Green Ache-ers"
"Green Nay-Curs"

(apologies to Eva Gabor, Eddie Albert, and Arnold the Pig)

Barry Dauphin said...

UN Department of Global Climate Regulation.
Chief Administrator: Benon Sevan

Buddy Larsen said...

...because Al Capone is no longer interested in the position.

Syl said...

Didn't I read (here perhaps) that temperature readings from below the earth's surface have risen in the northern hemisphere but not the southern during the last century?

How would carbon emissions possibly account for that?

Syl said...

Okay. This is my theory. The northern hemisphere is warming due to changes in the earth's core. This warming affects ocean temperatures and currents and thus affects climate.

The change in the distribution of heat in the earth's core is due to fluctuations in magnetism and is a precursor to the periodic reversal of the magnetic poles.

I think my theory is as good as any put forward by al Gore.

Except there is nothing we can do about it.

Buddy Larsen said...

syl--search 'carbon cycle' and look at Himalaya effect.

also, since time is linear, you can pick your own start/end point for any agenda. measure temp from dawn until noon and then extrapolate (whew, we're cooked!). OK, now measure temp from sunset til midnight (whew, we're froze!).

Buddy Larsen said...

It's just as bogus an issue as "income Inequality", another lefty "feel-bad" ploy which it is--now that congress is Dem--already coming off of.

Look for same on "global warming".

The idea is, if you want any peace, you must let the Dems rule.

Syl said...

buddy..okay read on the Himalaya thingie (interesting--fills in a gap in knowledge about how carbon is naturally taken out of the atmosphere. Must admit that's one gap among many. Only 537 gaps to go!)

Sooooo, what's gonna be cheaper: putting caps on carbon emissions or raising the Himalayas? :)

Buddy Larsen said...

Syl--having recently bought a few shares of Caterpillar, i'm now absolutely certain that it would be cheaper to raise the Himalayas. Or maybe lower them, one or the other--but, LET'S GET STARTED!

Syl said...

Buddy

LET'S GET STARTED!

::grin::

Sounds good to me!

Really, all the ideas for 'solutions' involve lessening the carbon going into the atmosphere. Nobody speaks of solutions involving getting the carbon out.

Buddy Larsen said...

This angle, too, needs be borne in mind:

Green Goblins

"hey, wait, before you put me back to hunting & gathering, could I get a hamburger or something?"

(translated from third-world language)