At least once each year, the president flies to Seattle, drives all over the region in a gas-guzzling motorcade, then flies back out. Sometimes he’s here overnight, sometimes for just a few hours, but the amount of pollution left in his wake is substantial.
A local meteorologist I respect a great deal, Cliff Mass, often writes about global warming on his blog, yet, he doesn’t seem shy about traveling to weather conferences, and his book (which is excellent, BTW) is published in tree-killing, CO2-causing, paper-only form.
Al Gore, the man who brought global warming to the forefront of American consciousness, travels the world speaking about the perils of climate change, which is the new preferred term for global warming. As if this were not hypocritical enough, Mr. Gore also lives in a home which consumes 20X the national average in energy. Twenty times.
Last night, I was watching the local news, when I noticed that another local meteorologist, Jeff Renner, was in Washington DC, where he spoke with the president about, what else, global warming.
My fellow Americans, suffice to say that if these are the guys in charge of saving the earth, we can all collectively kiss the planet goodbye.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I respect Mr. Renner. He’s definitely in the top tier of Pacific Northwest meteorologists. That said, I simply cannot sit and watch this hypocrisy year after year after year without saying something every now and again.
I am one of the least polluting individuals in the state, in one of the least polluting families in the state. Mine is a moderately-large family, with a sum total of 0 automobiles between us. My lone transgression against the planet is a 125cc Yamaha Vino which consumes 1 gallon of fuel per month.
I have not flown in 5 years, nor have any of us been out of Washington State in roughly 4 years.
Yet, when the subject of global warming comes up, I’m generally the pariah, while the auto-driving, airplane-taking members of the discussion are always the heroes.
Because nobody really cares about climate change, that’s why. They’re concerned with talking about climate change, and having people see them talk about climate change, and snarksulting those that don’t talk about climate change.
I’ll personally start worrying about climate change when people like Jeff Renner and Cliff Mass are so concerned about climate change, that they sacrifice trips like this in its name. When meteorologists forgo trips to meet the president, because they care just that much about global warming. That is the point at which I will sit up, take notice, and start thinking about how I can help too.
It’s like I teach my kids, if you want to know what people believe, and I mean really and truly believe … pay absolutely no attention to what they say. The average human lies far more often than she tells the truth. The vast majority of what people say, is to make them look better in the eyes of others. People instinctively want to be in the popular group, and they’ll say most anything to make that happen. We’ve seen the videos of people circulating petitions to ban things like Dihydrogen monoxide (water), and we’ve seen the number of signatures those petitions garner.
So, if people want other people to approve of them, and will say anything to make that happen, how can we know when they’re telling the truth?
It’s simple. Watch what they do.
The average climate change proponent is white, well educated, and relatively affluent. Ironically, this is also the demographic which routinely consumes the most energy. Were this group of people to stop flying, stop driving, and seriously sacrifice in order to “save” the planet, even if no one else followed suit, the effect would be overwhelming. If climate change is man made, that is.
They don’t do this, though. Instead, they talk, talk, buy pollution credits, and talk some more.
And so, the fact of the matter is, whether man-made climate change is real or not, few people are honestly and truly worried about it.
This does make some logical sense.
Earth is a planet with a limited lifespan, and thus cannot be “saved”. One day, the sun will burn out, and the earth will be spun off into eternal frozen darkness. At the point that this happens, any natural resources remaining will be wasted. Much like honoring an animal by using its entire carcass, using all of the earth is just the respectful thing to do.
Whether this sun-burnout thing happens in 10 million years, or 1,000 years, really doesn’t make a huge amount of difference. After all, who’s to say prolonging the planet would be an absolutely good thing? I mean, what if 50,000 years from now, an evil dictator would cause unprecedented human suffering, if not for a massive glacial melt killing off all humans in 49,000 years?
In that case, I say bring on climate change!
Who are we to say which generation deserves to be plunged into eternal darkness, and which generation deserves to see completion?
And so, since the planet is doomed anyway, it’s just a matter of when, all of these hysterics about “saving the earth” are just something for people to worry about when they don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from. As I wrote about not long ago, it’s a problem which is largely confined to a very specific demographic.
Assuming that man-made climate change is real, though, I would like to respectfully request that the rest of you either ignore it, or plan for Armageddon quietly.
Your raising of awareness is, quite frankly, expediting the planet’s demise.