Tuesday, November 13, 2007

V'ger, having learned everything, on its way to Earth

Earth Day, Global Cooling and Vladimir Lenin

Quick what do the above have in common?

I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s (assuming I was a full-fledged adult when I turned 18 in 1980, and put the freaking calculator away!). I remember that in the 1970s all the environmentalists, and I do mean all of them, were concerned about global cooling. Peer-reviewed scientific studies (which are the holy writ of the Church of Global Warming) of the time predicted that the Earth was heading into a new ice age. Why, in a few years, the consensus was, we'd be wearing parkas to the beach. Some, like the late Carl Sagan (one of my personal heroes), even warned of "Nuclear Winter." Predictably, the left demanded that something be done to stop this global cooling or "we would all die!" On April 22, 1970, a band of pioneering climate crusaders banded together to stop global cooling. They called it Earth Day.

Jump forward 30 years and we find out that Earth Day worked! The earth has stopped cooling and is warming.

Before anyone complains that we didn't know as much then as we know now, allow me to ask: Do we know everything?

Global Warming (Praise Gaia and her anointed profits [sic] the Goreacle and Tom Brokaw. Hah-men!) faithful believe that we have learned all that is learnable, know all that is knowable. Their holy writ, peer-reviewed studies (even if paid for by ADM who profits from biodiesel) are to be accepted without question as if from above, and anyone who disagrees with the slightest tenet of the faith must be a fascist motherfucker who cares nothing for the planet and uses the n-word a lot, and must be silenced--they have to no Right to Free Speech. And any peer-reviewed studies that disagree with the divine prophecy of the Goreacle are to be ridiculed and ignored.

The faithful seem to forget that science always progresses from less knowledge to more knowledge, and believe that we have achieved the ultimate knowledge as of the release of "An Inconvenient Truth."

Oh, and the Lenin thing? While the first Earth Day was observed on the 98th birthday of the founder of Arbor Day, conspiracy theorists (like those who believe that GWB is simultaneously the stupidest man on the face of the planet and the greatest criminal genius to ever walk the Earth should love that it was also Lenin's 100th birthday.

For the record. I believe that Global Warming is basically right. Climate change occurs all the time, and that to assume that it is all the fault of human activity and that we won't learn any more about climate change is scaremongering at its finest.

Here's my prediction: In 2009, shortly after Hillary takes the oath of office, Global Warming will drop off the radar in much the same way homelessness dropped off the radar when Bill was sworn in. The homeless just disappeared. The folks begging for money for "food" are still out there begging, but homelessness stopped being a problem when Reagan left office, since Reaganomics was responsible for them.

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