June 25, 2013

“‘Power of ridicule’ – New weapon against climate deniers”

They shamed you with a racism that wasn’t yours but that nevertheless belonged to “your heritage”, so why shouldn’t they believe they can shame you into following the faux-scientific, global wealth redistribution plan cooked up by transnational progressivists and “enforced” but zealous, ill-informed true believers, liberal status seekers, and other various and sundry useful idiots?

SPI:

As President Obama readies his program to curb greenhouse gases, climate change action advocates are rolling out a new strategy for controlling verbal emissions by climate change deniers — turning allies of Big Oil and Big Coal into national laughingstocks.

“The power of ridicule should be deployed here,” said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. “You have to get to the point where a major candidate for public office is disqualified when he or she denies climate science.” Schatz was speaking to the annual Netroots Nation conference of progressive bloggers.

Jon Carson, head of Organizing for Action — the group formed as an issue-based successor to the Obama presidential campaign — put it this way: “When a Republican or a Democrat says something crazy on climate, we should be ready to hold them accountable as progressives did on human biology.”

The “War on Women” became a great 2012 selling point for Obama and the Democrats, helped in no part by Republican politicians’ intemperate remarks about rape.

Yes, it did. And why? Because Republicans tripped over each other in a mad rush to publicly distance themselves from the way they knew the Left and their media arm would portray certain comments — rather than laughing at what was clearly a cynical attempt to paint certain candidates as somehow “anti- women” by taking their comments either out of context or without allowing for elaboration, as if an utterance is fixed forever in the context they decide to grant it.

And now here you go. You reap what you sow, textualists, in the form of what to the left is now a proven strategy: separate out those who wish to be seen as the good ones, the intelligent ones, the nuanced ones, the reasonable ones by demonizing and ridiculing the rest. After all, who wants to be called anti-science?

Time after time we’ve had our chances to stand up to this tactic. And time after time we buckle and take counsel that suggests we monitor our words more solicitously, take care with our phrases, remain “realistic” about how the left will use our utterances and try to speak in the broadest, least controversial terms possible, speak only in bites that cannot possibly be misconstrued — almost always intentionally so.

Since this site’s inception I’ve preached the dangers of such a willingness to cede the moral / logical / political ground on language. For my troubles, I’m on the fringes these, while those who agreed to cede ground — it’s the pragmatic, realistic thing to do, you see — run our messaging and collect our awards and tributes.

How’s that working out for us?

But I digress:

Obama is likely to unveil a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, concentrating on cutting carbon emissions from power plants. Coal-burning power plants are America’s largest source of greenhouse gas releases into the atmosphere. The President will use his executive authority under the Clean Air Act.

“The President doesn’t just have the authority to regulate carbon under the Clean Air Act, he is required to,” said Sen. Schatz.

Still, opposition from the carbon economy and its defenders — e.g. the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — is expected to be intense. Climate change deniers have borrowed a page from Big Tobacco’s protracted, four-decade battle against the 1964 Surgeon General’s report that smoking causes cancer.

The tobacco companies pursued a three-pronged strategy: a) They created and and laundered money through groups with impressive names; b) The front groups were used to create doubt about evidence of a cancer-smoking link; c) Scientists, nicknamed “biostitutes,” were hired to make the industry’s arguments.

“Some of the very same scientists who are denying the human causes of climate change were denying health impacts of tobacco years ago,” said Dr. Michael Mann, who heads the Earth System Climate Center at Penn State University. Mann notes that R.J. Reynolds spent $70 million to create a cancer-questioning institute.

[...]

Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, and longtime defender of the Clean Air Act — and longtime advocate of curbs on tobacco advertising — has witnessed effectiveness of the climate deniers’ campaign.

“I’ve never seen such a disconnect in Congress between science and needed public policy,” Waxman said. “My colleagues argue things we used to hear in the tobacco debate, that the science is unclear. They are science deniers who are denying the opportunity to educate themselves.”

So, strategists and advocates for Obama’s climate program will be rolling out such gems as Sarah Palin’s declaration: “Those global warming studies are a bunch of snake oil science.” Or this from House Science Committee chairman Rep. Ralph Hall: “I’m really more fearful of freezing.”

Progressives have seen several of their movements “go viral” in the past year, same-sex marriage and the need for immigration reform as prime examples. It hasn’t happened — yet — with climate . . . despite global heat waves, “superstorms,” melting glaciers and shrinking snow packs, the shrinking Arctic ice pack, dying forests, and “drunken trees.”

“We have a congressional leadership in the House that denies climate exchange even exists,” said Mann.

Perhaps it will pay public dividends to humor them. Their attitudes are no laughing matter.

First, I can’t tell: is this supposed to be a news piece?

Secondly, and here’s the easy answer to this risible attempt to connect global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers, I don’t deny climate. That’s like denying air. Or gravity. Or progressive malfeasance. It’s nonsensical.

What I deny is that human exhalation is a carcinogen. Because the end point of that argument is that humans are the cause of cancer, that plants that produce oxygen from our CO2 exhalation are complicit in an attempt to keep us breathing so that we can produce the very carcinogen that will destroy the earth and its inhabitants.

That is, the whole of evolution, the biosphere, etc. is on a suicide mission, and only Obama and a bunch of progressives can save it from itself.

That’s what needs to be ridiculed.

And here’s how I propose doing it: answer every attempt at “ridicule” over your status as a “climate denier” with the following curt response: “If Obama really wants to put an end to global warming, maybe he should sic the IRS and the NSA on it.”

A “oh, and by the way, go fuck yourself with redwood stump, Commie” is entirely optional.

(h/t Darleen)

Because tell me: do you see the GOP standing up to this kind of organized pressure?

Yeah, me neither.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:04am
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Comments (96)

  1. A refresher on the Church of AGW’s idea of humor/ridicule: http://tinyurl.com/nhs5hbr

  2. - This from a Senator from a fucking tourist Island who depends on Jet travel for the majority of its transportation, and who’s active volcano’s spew more crap into the air on a daily basis than all the electric plants in America combined.

    – So of course he’s the expert to lead the charge.

  3. Check this out:

    Even if the catastrophic predictions came true, so what?

    THE EARTH ISN’T HARMED BY EXTREME CLIMATE. This planet was once swathed in ice from pole to equator, and lookee! Still spinning, still harboring life.

    Even if we were to go all nuclear and plunge the planet into Perpetual Winter, after awhile, the earth would shake it off and warm back up. Those species with the fortitude to survive will evolve to fill the new ecological niches, and the world goes on.

    Mass extinction? Mother Earth doesn’t care what lives or dies, given that she wipes out tons of critters all the time.

    You’re not saving the planet; you’re saving your own neck.

    Selfish.

  4. Senator Corker will be all for this, too. He was pushing for a carbon tax long ago.

  5. Because Republicans tripped over each other in a mad rush to publicly distance themselves from the way they knew the Left and their media arm would portray certain comments

    Not only Republicans, sadly. Lots of conservatives, too.

    Unfortunately I do not have the proper grasp of terminology to debate the linguistics, so I was stuck with arguing the practical: namely that a senator was unlikely to legislate much on the subject of rape, so why are we doing the progs job for them?

    The most common response was something along the lines of “No one cares, don’t ever talk about rape, especially if you’re a man!”

  6. How’s this for ridicule: Do you really think your choice in light bulb effects the weather?
    I know, climate vs. weather and all that, but every time we have a bad tornado, hurricane, or blizzard these people come out and blame it on AGW, i.e. mankind.

    Or maybe ask: How is allowing the estimated 30+ million immigrants into the US as a result of comprehensive immigration reform going to *help* us fight AGW? Won’t they, as Americans with access to opportunities and amenities not accessible in their country of origin, have a far greater carbon footprint/increased energy consumption?

  7. “The power of ridicule should be deployed here,”

    <snicker>

    Yes. Yes it should.

  8. Sigh. Well, at least the American experiment will still be worth studying once it’s in the history books.

    What a weird, suicidal people we are.

  9. Perhaps it will pay public dividends to humor them. Their attitudes are no laughing matter.

    Also see “Firearm Owners”.

  10. The Wan was just on the teevee explaining SCIENCE! to us. Man, it was pathetic. We used to be such a great country.

  11. At day camp, the older one has been getting the whole green indoctrination thing and was upset that our car made “pollution”. So we had a discussion about how the internal combustion engine makes the environment cleaner.

    I had her think about all the people and things that we move from here to there, and how that used to happen with actual horse power before cars and trucks and airplanes. I then had her think about the difference between the exhaust from all of the cars we saw, and the exhaust from that many horses.

    She agreed with me that she’d rather have some fumes that migrate skyward than have to navigate never-ending puddles of horse poo, along with the attendant flies and stench.

  12. Poo is the great persuader with young’uns.

  13. Rolling Stone said recently that Miami was sinking into the sea, with the implication that human-caused Global Warming was sole root cause.

    What they didn’t say is that sea levels have been rising for thousands of years, and are now rising relatively slowly.

    Also what they didn’t say is the recent sea level rise (no source cited; surprise, surprise!) of one foot per decade is, if it’s even real, mostly due to subsidence. Which does in fact connect to human activity, but has nothing to do with CO2.

  14. You’d almost think that they’re unaware that Earth’s topography has been changing forever. But they can’t possibly be that stupid, right? Right?

  15. DarthLevin says June 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    As I told my wife: Petroleum saved the whales.

    Not Greenpeace, and not the government.

  16. Yes, mondamay. And you don’t need to worry about getting sperm all over while refilling the good lamps.

  17. Slartibartfast says June 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Now that’s a scene that would be difficult to explain…

  18. “We have a congressional leadership in the House that denies climate exchange even exists,” said Mann.

    Is this really what he said, or is some reporter cursing Autocorrect right now?

  19. Oooh good catch!

  20. My response to people asking what I think about climate change?

    “Change is good. I’ve been told that I should embrace change, so bring on the climate change.”

  21. mondamay,

    Is that the very same Dr. Micheal Mann, whose infamous “hockey stick” graph has been proven utterly bogus; it’s creation either an example of his incompetence or deliberate fraud? The politically-motivated “research” that is the basis for much of the lurid claims that human activity is “destroying the climate”, and yet no longer appears in the latest IPCC reports? That Dr Michael Mann?

  22. Poo is the great persuader with young’uns.

    Hike down into the Grand Canyon on foot, in the middle of the summer. The mule caravans stop only in certain places to relieve themselves. A finer example of Why We Shouldn’t Return To Nature you’ll never find.

    “Change is good. I’ve been told that I should embrace change, so bring on the climate change.”

    Given that climate is always changing, warmer is far better than colder. We’re still emerging from the last ice age, as evidenced by the glaciers and polar ice caps, which aren’t usually there.

    And the poley bears? They’ll melt back into the brown bear population, whence they came.

  23. But they can’t possibly be that stupid, right? Right?

    It’s not about stupid or smart but about hip and square.

    That should clear things right up for the baffled.

  24. My response to people asking what I think about climate change?

    That comes with climate hope, right?

  25. Spiny Norman says June 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    Dr. Micheal Mann

    Yes. He’s a big government thumping climate zealot; I would have thought he would have basic communication skills, though.

  26. Yeah. Dr. Michael “Will Demagogue For Grant Money” Mann.

    Pfffft.

  27. When we start building 300 more nuclear reactors to supply the requisite electricity necessary for our modern society I will know there are serious about combatting anthropomorphic global warming, or AGW as it used to be known until the warming part became suspect so it rebranded as climate change, or, you know, weather.

  28. Because if the empirical data doesn’t square with the Almighty Computer Models, then fudge the data! Science!

  29. “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” — Richard Feynman, who was not a pompous ass.

  30. Ah, the “Carbon pollution” meme! A Classic!

    They mean carbon dioxide, of course. An essential trace gas for life. NOT a pollutant, by any sane measure. Or, if they DO mean “carbon”, then they better be ready to give up their diamonds. Them things are PURE carbon, you Gaia hater!

    Can’t wait for the diatribe against “oxygen pollution”…

  31. keep those polar bears and their white bear privilege away from me.

  32. I was thinking ” sideways with a frozen swordfish ” Jeff, but redwood stump will work.

  33. More evidence that the real goal is to destroy constitutional conservatives/ independent thinkers.

    They (the left) doesn’t care any more about “climate change” than they do “gay rights” or any other patch of cloth in their crazy quilt. Take an issue, hijack it, milk it for money and votes. If they eventually succeed, their concern for the environment will be about a keen as China’s.

  34. When we start building 300 more nuclear reactors to supply the requisite electricity necessary for our modern society

    I’m thinking it’s going to be more along the lines of getting Americans accustomed to only having 4-6 hours of electricity per day.

    You know, for the planet. And fairness.

  35. Feynmann hated bullshit. He was only interested in the truth. It’s too bad more scientists aren’t like him.

  36. Has to be said: “The power of ridicule should be deployed here,” said Sen. Brain Schatz, D-Hawaii.

  37. Are the “climate scientists” interested in explaining how during the time of the dinosaurs the climate was a lot hotter, and the earth a lot greener, than it is now? And how that could be when there were no humans around to muck it up?

    Life flourished under those conditions.

    We’d be a lot better off if it warmed up a bit, though it actually looks like we’re heading into another mini ice age, which is of course also the fault of human activity because Look, Squirrel!

  38. Michael Crichton was right: belief in AGW/Climate Change is a religion. And the deniers are heretics.

  39. Which brings us too; if Stanley Lipshitz, what does his ass do?

  40. “belief in AGW/Climate Change is a religion”

    And a stupid one, at that.

  41. Cranky, I love that squirrel! Oh wait, I was thinking about the movie ‘Ice Age”
    Never mind.

  42. Thing is, most of us knew this was BS from the beginning, and WE didn’t back off. The gutless media and repukes kowtowed to PC. The IPCC? Bullshit. Hockey stick? Bullshit.

    I could go on, but I’d need a thesaurus for the word Bullshit.

  43. Curmudgeon,

    Because if the empirical data doesn’t square with the Almighty Computer Models, then fudge the data! Science!

    Hence, Dr Phil Jones’ great contribution to Science, “Hide the Decline”.

    mojo,

    Can’t wait for the diatribe against “oxygen pollution”…

    Or worse, dihydrogen monoxide. o_O

  44. shame and ridicule, working for teenage girls for over 10,000 years

  45. I just saw that Obama wants to totally destroy coal-power generation in this country as soon as possible, after already making it impossible to build new coal-fired power plants.

    Yay us.

  46. “Hide the Decline”

    I’ve got the tee-shirt.

  47. Don’t you idiots realize because of Climate Change we are being hit by the power of over 4 1/2 ATOMIC BOMBS every second!! 60 seconds a minute!!! 60 minutes an hour!!!! 24/7/365!!!!!!!

    We’re dieing here man. Gaia has the fever, we have to cool her down, NOW!!! It’s SCIENCE man, Science, TRUUTH!!

  48. How do you ridicule the ridiculous? They, the Greenie Left, are a self-ridiculing system of “thought.” feelings.

  49. Hike down into the Grand Canyon on foot, in the middle of the summer. The mule caravans stop only in certain places to relieve themselves. A finer example of Why We Shouldn’t Return To Nature you’ll never find.

    ‘sides which, if the tv commercials of my youth taught me anything, it’s this: “Ride a mule down the Grand Canyon, and you will have diarrhea.”

    All the more reason.

  50. Gaia has the fever, we have to cool her down give her more cowbell

  51. “We’re dieing here man.”

    Five to one, baby
    One in five
    No one here gets out alive

  52. Obazm needs impeaching.

    Now. Or yesterday would have done.

  53. The Telegraph: Barack Obama to cut emissions in vow to save planet

    *** In sweeping proposals released after four years of frustrated efforts, Mr Obama ordered new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants and called for America to ready its defences against an already-changing climate. ***

    *** Article II, Sec. 1, in part:

    The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. [...]

    Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    Sec. 2:

    The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

    He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

    The President shall have power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

    Section 3:

    He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

    Section 4:

    The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. ***

    Nothing there grants the Executive powers to arbitrarily control carbon emissions, or unilaterally declare global climate change. Nothing. Not one thing.

    But tyrants have no limits.

    Save those limits imposed upon them by others.

  54. But tyrants have no limits.

    Save those limits imposed upon them by others.

    This.

    There will be no limits except those Obama imposes upon himself, as no one else will do it. So far, it’s more a matter of where he wants to spend his energy, and not whether what he’s doing is good or even sane.

  55. bumper sticker – co2= plant food O!

  56. Someone needs to wax the steps on Air Force One. Next time he comes barreling down them, he can take a header like Chevy Chase.

  57. Are mobile airline embarkation stairs racist? We ask Chris Matthews and whatever he drank at his long lunch, coming up next on MSNBC.

  58. The secret service will be visiting you soon, leigh.

  59. But hey, how many millions are thinking it all the same right now?

  60. Think of it as a helpful hint to staff, cranky.

  61. Or as M. de C. Saavedra put it: “. . . y sabes lo que comúnmente se dice: que debajo de mi manto, al rey mato“.

  62. Don’t you idiots realize because of Climate Change we are being hit by the power of over 4 1/2 ATOMIC BOMBS every second!!

    It takes a special kind of person to panic at that whilst ignoring the giant thermonuclear reaction in the sky.

  63. sdferr,

    The Constitution is all well and good, for something that was written, like, over a hundred years ago an’ stuff, but according to the TOTUS, and the Environut Lobby and their supporters, the Clean Air Act not only gives Lord Barry Obysmal the authority to act in this manner, it requires he do so.

  64. the sun? never heard of it.

  65. the bird be ok

  66. Bird is the word, nr.

  67. orioles watch

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  69. Ridicule. For when you can’t use facts.

    There’s even a logical fallacy describing that action, right?

  70. “5 “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.””

    link

  71. Massachusetts staves off Maryland’s climb to the top of the moron heap, elects Markey to replace outgone dimwit Kerry.

  72. It takes a special kind of person to panic at that whilst ignoring the giant thermonuclear reaction in the sky.

    Sun, ~1.25 trillion kilos of hydrogen fused per second.

    4.5 Hiroshima nukes per second will fission 100 kilograms per second.

    It’s like comparing my charging dinner for two and the National Obama Deficit and freaking out over my profligate ways.

    It’s Gorescience.

  73. yea massholes

  74. Obazm’s sense of science is a lot like his sense of victory in Afghanistan — y’all remember? the legitimate war from which Obazm is buggin’ out jes as fast as his lil tricycle will pedal!

    Deep, that is. So deep no one else can recognize it when they see it.

  75. Or: Yay! Massholes! — holding the moron crown for over half a century!

    They’re setting a record that may never be topped! Like Cy Young’s W’s.

  76. [T]he President has ushered in “The Age of American Impotence”.Pezident Flaccid overseas is our Acid refluxing at home.

    President Obama declared War on Coal because it’s the only war he can win. … he needs to remind the base there’s something he can actually do. Elsewhere it’s been hard luck.

  77. Html fail.
    Pezident Flaccid overseas is our Acid refluxing at home, is mine not the quote.
    I must be too tired tonight.

  78. Now the U.S. finds itself in an amazing position. Merely to get the Taliban to the table for a bogus peace process, the administration agreed at Pakistan’s urging to let Mullah Omar come to the table on his owns terms: no acceptance of the Afghan Constitution, no cease-fire with international forces, not even a formal pledge to never again allow Afghanistan to become a haven for international terrorism. The U.S. also agreed, according to Pakistani sources, to allow the terrorist Haqqani network—whose exploits include the 2011 siege of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul—a seat at the table.

    Yet having legitimized Haqqani and given the Taliban everything it wanted in exchange for nothing, the U.S. finds itself being dumped by its own client government in Kabul, which can always turn to Iran as a substitute patron. Incredible: no peace, no peace process, no ally, no leverage and no moral standing, all in a single stroke. John Kerry is off to quite a start.

    Massholes f.u. the world. Yes, he can.

  79. When do we get to line them up against a wall somewhere?

    Just to throw rotten fruit at them, of course.

  80. @cranky-d: What? We’re not going to make them dance the Macarena?

  81. Oooh! Make them dance the Macarena and film it, then put that up on youtube.

  82. Seconded!

  83. We’ve already seen this, Arrrggghhh. 1996 Chicago.

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  85. So Food Stamp can just waggle his executive figure and poof, everybody’s energy costs go up ?

  86. What happened in the Massachusetts Senate Election is not what you think.

    The Republican Gabriel Gomez made it quite clear that he didn’t want to be associated with the conservatives and TEA Party people. Also, he even ran to the Left of Scott Brown.

    So the conservatives said, ‘Okay, you don’t want us…well then, we’ll stay away…FU Gabriel Gomez’.

    Hopefully, conservatives across the country will be inspired by this to say FU to all compromises with the GOP and RINO Establishments.

  87. The Republican Gabriel Gomez made it quite clear that he didn’t want to be associated with the conservatives and TEA Party people. Also, he even ran to the Left of Scott Brown.
    So the conservatives said, ‘Okay, you don’t want us…well then, we’ll stay away…FU Gabriel Gomez’.

    You see, this is why hispanics hate us, and always will, until we pass comprehensive immigration reform.

    /Lindsey Grahamnesty

  88. Repeal the 17th amendment.

  89. Masshole here, and Bob has the right of it. I could not vote for Gomez as he was running as a leftist in repuke clothing.

    So I stayed home and prayed Markey would have a stroke or something.

  90. Blitz.

    In real-estate it’s “location, location, location”, but in the massholery system of measurement location is only the first cut, and I’m afraid you are never going to get past the second cut. No masshole for you sir.

  91. 4.5 Hiroshima nukes per second will fission 100 kilograms per second

    quibble

    Actually, Little Boy only fissioned about 1% of its Uranium, which means we’re really talking about maybe 3kg Uranium per second.

    /quibble

    The problem with people making analogies of this type is that they’re counting on people being generally ignorant of how much energy the Earth receives every second from the Sun, and of how big a ball of rock and water and gas the Earth really is, that a few atomic bombs per second can make only a ripple’s worth of difference in an already-warming climate.

    And there’s some evidence that they have good reason to count on such ignorance. It just pisses me off that they think I am one such ignorant person.

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