April 23, 2006

Happy Earth Day (and why does it feel like April Fools Day?)


Gas prices aren't high enough to fix the ills that need to be fixed:

1) Foolish US homeowners driving 100 miles a day round trip in their Surburbans
2) Fools in power doing nothing to promote energy conservation
3) Foolish city planners designing miles and miles of new highways, but no public transportation
4) Fools who run GM building gas guzzling trucks, when Americans wanted energy-efficient cars
5) Fools on Fox News who state that global warming doesn't exist
6) A foolish compensation committe giving $400 million to ExxonMobile's fat fool
7) Foolish voters putting two oil fools into the White House

But alas, high gas prices sure did get us one thing:

A foolish war in the Mideast

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

high gas prices will cure many of these ills and chasten many of these fools -- just give it a little more time.

Richard said...

I agree with anon - when gas is $25-50/gallon only then will Co2 emmissions be reduced.

HOWEVER; global dimming then kicks in with the reduction in pollution an another 2 degrees C gets added to the 2 degrees already racked up by C02

Have a nice day!!

Anonymous said...

"Fools on Fox News who state that global warming doesn't exist"

Do YOU have any proof that global warming exists???

And I do not think pulling Saddam out of a hole, and locking him up is foolish at all. By the way, I live in NYC, and it sure is nice not having subway bombings here. Maybe kicking ass is not so foolish.

Anonymous said...

Global warming does not exist, do your reaserch. I guess our ancestor's campfires during in prehistoric times triggered the end of the ice age too!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a diverse set of opinions. Did you guys ever wonder what we actually know? Just ponder that for a while.

Opened Eyes said...

Global warming is just another myth and religion. Scientists and others use it to increase government control.

The earth has always had cycles of warming and cooling.

ksfq said...

Global warming, evolution, quantum mechanic, stem cell research, etc. are just another myth and religion.
These science things are just to increase government control.

Our school system definitely needs revamp. Maybe entire society.

BTW, is there any bestseller evangelising idea that if you go to school and learn you will be rich? Nope.

foobeca said...

Do you know what the biggest greenhouses gas is???? It's freaking water vapor!!!! It's responsable for about 80% of the greenhouse effect. Like it or not, but water and the oceans regulate the Earth's climate. It keeps the Earth from getting too hot or cold.

There are natural cycles. It was really hot with lots of CO2 when the dinosaurs were around, but there weren't any Slowburbans, Tawhores, or factories around. There was also a really cool period that followed, called the Ice Age where about half the Earth was covered in ice.

There's no doubt that there's some warming occuring. Geologically speaking, we're still coming out of the last ice age. Most of the warming that occurs is happening in the oceans and in urban areas. I not convinced that man is responsable for a significant portion of the warming that is occuring.

I'm not convinced that global warming would even be all that bad. It would create more deserts in some places and flood some places, but create more arable land in places like Canada and Russia. It would also make the Earth wetter by causing more evaporation from the oceans.

Richard said...

yepppers I am convinced we are FUCKED after reading past comment #2 - way too many morons - WAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! TOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Many!

Holy Shit we are so FUCKED!!!!!!!!

Govno said...

All this conversation here and simplistic argument about global warming reminds me of NASA report about Columbia accident.
The report from NASA basically emphasises that "Oversimplification of technical information could mislead decision-making".
www.eh.doe.gov/ll/sells/proceedings/proceedings0404/caib_em.pdf

Basically, one should not talk about rocket science (and other science in general including economic) without data, facts, ...

So you guys which make statements as "Do you know what the biggest greenhouses gas is???? " are just trying to simplify the problem and then make conclusion what ever you want. Unfortunately, the world is not simple: if that is true everybody would be rich.

Richard said...

Ok boyz and girlz - plz sit down - class is about to begin...oh wait what am I saying you fuckers who think GW/GD have always been around and that humans have nothing to do with our present situation NEVER WENT TO SCHOOL - so I will have to use words you understand - like YOU ARE FUCKING IDIOTS...now go out and get the Cliff Notes.

http://www.globalissues.org/EnvIssues/GlobalWarming/globaldimming.asp

Anonymous said...

"Holy Shit we are so FUCKED!!!!!!!! "

Richard (long name for DICK)...get a grip my man.

Anonymous said...

I could not believe what I was reading at the bottom of my TV screen yesterday. I was tuned in to Fox News and it read...
$4.00 dollar gas and $ 100 dollar oil will not hurt the economy and the markets....
What planet are these people from?
Did anyone see the picture of the $2.00 head of lettuce in New York City in 1974?
Gee , I wonder why that head of lettuce sat there in the produce section and rotted. And why was it so expensive? Hmmmmmm. Food for thought.
Anyone read parade today in your Sunday paper?
Real median income down 3% from '00 to '04
The percentage of households earning $25,000 to $90,000 (roughly middle class) shrank 1.5 % since '00
Last year , real average weekly earnings fell .04 %
Savings rate is lowest in 73 years.
Credit card debt is at $9,312.00 per household on AVG.
Tuition is through the roof. Public college (in state) $12,127.00 A 25% jump since 2001. A private university $ 29,026
And we won der why we are running out of Engineers and such. Hmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Whether global warming is a natural or a man made problem ....."prove" to me that it is not an issue since it is well debated! You cannot argue that weather patterns and geographical areas are under a change!

foobeca said...

Environmentalism is certainly a religion. Here's a good speech that Michael Crichton made about the subject.

http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote05.html

Here are some other good articles:

http://junkscience.com/

http://www.junkscience.com/july04/Daily_Mail-Bellamy.htm

But since Environmentalism is a religion to you envirowackos, you won't read views to the contrary to the beliefs of your religion.

Richard said...

hey "anon" get a name pansy so I can beat the living crap outta you in front of your god and everyone -wake the fuck up bitch !!!!!!!

keith said...

I don't expect the mental midgets who watch fox news exclusively to understand this, since they didn't go to a good college either, but let's give it a shot:

Theory: a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; "theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses"; "true in fact and theory"

Anonymous said...

Keith, you sound like you didn't even finish your High School.
"...ExxonMobile's fat fool" - he made 400M, and created a good company. Get youself educated and check how much oil Exxon really controls. It's not even the biggest oil company in the world. Why should I explain this to such an idiot like you?

govno said...

Richard, we are not really fucked. A ton of Indians and Chines educated people are immigrating and they will run the cuntry. Fox News people will soon be melted with Mexican illegal immigrants. You know metling pot thing ...

Richard said...

yeah I think U2 sang, "all colors will bleed into one"...

maybe it was just bleed...

Anonymous said...

Is Michael Chrochtown a scientist? I thought he wrote legal suspese bores?

I like it simple for I have a simple mind.

Mother nature knows what to do when humans start to shit on it. It never fails.

Kneel before the one you serve.

:)

We so get off on the power of humans. How long can a human being go without air? Yes, let's chop all the trees and make beautiful coffee tables where we display our Michael Chrochtown books that set us straight about our environment.

Anonymous said...

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., celebrated Earth Day by issuing a global warming warning, extolling the virtues of fuel-efficient vehicles and blasting "outrageous" oil prices at the pumps in an exclusive interview on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

"The science is in," the actor-turned-politician claimed. "The facts are there that we have created, man has, a self-inflicted wound that man has created through global warming."

mitchjam44 said...

Michael Crichton is a fiction writer, his opinions about science are useless.

The vast majority of climatologists say that human induced global warming is real. These scientists have no incentive to lie, unlike oil companies that make huge profits from us burning oil.

Facts over past 150 yrs:
Fossil fuel burning - Huge increase!
CO2 in atmosphere - Huge Increase!
Global Average Temp - Consistent and accelerating increase with every passing year!

Global warming was a "theory" 20 yrs ago. Each passing year provides more evidence as things accelerate.

Here is the most simple way to understand global warming: millions of years of carbon stored beneath the earth's surface have been extracted, burned, and subsequently released to the atmosphere over a period of 150 yrs. It throws everything out of whack.

Oil/natural gas/coal are all derived from carbon sources from millions of years ago. The carbon sources are literally the decayed remains of algae, plants, and animals from a different era. Until the mid 19th century, all this carbon was trapped thousands of feet below the earth's surface, and it did not impact the atmosphere. However, burning these decayed remains (oil) releases all that carbon into the atmosphere, throwing the whole process out of balance, causing an unnatural heating process. The carbon should stay underground.

It is unfortunate that out society is so dependant on buring fossil fuels. We are all guilty in some capacity, but we were born into it. It is just unfortunate that so much unnecessary excess exists. We can do better and we all know it. Sorry to let everyone know the truth.

Anonymous said...

True the Earth does go in cycles:hot, cold, hot cold, hot cold etc. However, man's stupidity as usual refuses to understand that we affect our environment in a negative way and what used to take centuries now takes decades and what used to take decades now takes years etc etc. If you have common sense can't we just trace patterns and see it's getting worse?

skytrekker said...
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skytrekker said...

The earth has had warming and cooling cycles in the past-
however..........

The burning of coal and oil is creating a 'greenhouse' affect by retaining those gases and rising the planets temperatures. Since the dawn of the 'Age of Reason' some 600 or more years ago- the 'Scientific Method' has been used to split the atom, put people in space, find cures for polio, and a plethora of other diseases. Science has been used to better our lives in so many ways- That 'Science' is now telling us that the planets climate is changing- and that human beings are likely responsible- what seems to be the problem with this ? Seems the number of 'uniformed people' is larger then I suspect- all I can say you all better pray for you and your childrens future- things are going to be a changin - and not for the better. And those changes are happening even quicker then I ever imagined.

Ferromancer said...

I have to make a comment about "3) Foolish city planners designing miles and miles of new highways, but no public transportation". In reality, we are not designing new highways even! I was talking to a retired civil engineer recently, and he showed me one of the studies they had done for Chicago in the 1960's. In the study was a map they had created based on projections of driving patterns in the next few decades. They had filled in a bunch of sites for highways over the map. He pointed to the map and saw "What do you notice about the red lines that are dashed?". These were planned highways. Not a single one of the planned roadways was built. The solid red lines are still the current highways originally built in the 1950s. Our public transportation network mostly dates from before WWII.

What we are doing is building just more and more large public thorough fares with 5-minute stoplights, and maybe adding an occasional lane to the existing highways and tollways.

That's why I chose to live in the city. F*** the suburbs. Sprawl is the antithesis of urban planning. They didn't even follow the motor-vehicle powered urban design of the 1960's!!!! At least then we wouldn't have bumper-to-bumper traffic during rush-hour.

Anonymous said...

Govno as my black militant sociology teacher ranted, there is no such thing as a melting pot in America. It's a salad bowl. We all get mixed in together but we remain seperate.

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Anonymous said...

It is foolish to say that global warming does not exist, but its absolutely TRUE to say that there's no evidence that the activity of man contributes in any significant way to said warming.

Please, when you criticize, try not to give only HALF the information!

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