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‘Carbon Is Most Frightening Stuff On Earth’

Even the Global Warming hysterics have glommed on to the “we are at the worst crisis in our nation’s history and Barack Obama is the new FDR” talking point.

From the 350.org “movement”:

Welcome to Reality, Mr. President

Fri, 11/07/2008

At the end of this historic week, we wanted to send you an essay by 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben on what’s ahead for our movement.

Welcome to Reality, Mr. President-Elect

by Bill McKibben

Our eight-year interlude from reality draws to a close, and the job of cleaning up begins. The trouble is, we’re not just cleaning up after a failed US presidency. We’re cleaning up after a two-century binge.

Barack Obama won an historic victory this week, and with it the right to take office under the most difficult circumstances since Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Maybe more difficult, because while both FDR and Obama had financial meltdowns to deal with, Obama also faces the meltdown meltdown – the rapid disintegration of the planet’s climate system that threatens to challenge the very foundations of our civilization.

Do you think that sounds melodramatic? Let me give it to you from the abstract of a scientific paper written earlier this year by one of the people who now work for Mr. Obama, NASA scientist James Hansen. “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleo-climate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 [in the atmosphere] will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm [parts per million] to at most 350 ppm.” In other words, if we keep increasing carbon any longer, the earth itself will make our efforts moot.

The world is meeting in Copenhagen in December of 2009 to come up with a successor to the Kyoto treaty, the modest first international effort that George W. Bush walked away from weeks after taking office. If Hansen and others are even close to right, this will represent the last legitimate shot the world has at putting itself on a new carbon regime in time to make any difference.

Any hope of succeeding will require Obama to grasp, deep in his guts, the fact that climate, energy, food, and the economy are now hopelessly intertwined, and that trying to solve any one of these problems without taking on the others simply makes all of them worse. More, he needs to understand, again viscerally, the single stark fact of our time: No matter how many votes, no matter how much lobbying, no matter how much pressure you apply, you can’t amend the laws of physics and chemistry. They aren’t like the laws that politicians are used to dealing with. They will be obeyed, like it or not. 350 is now the most important number on the planet, the red line that defines reality reality.

It doesn’t define political reality, however. The political reality goes like this: George W. Bush was so terrible on this issue that the bar has been set incredibly low – Obama will get all the political points he needs with fairly minimal effort. Doing what actually needs to be done will be politically…unpopular isn’t even the word. It might well wreck his political future, because it would involve – directly or indirectly – raising the cost of continuing to live as we do right now.

My guess, from the outside, is that all Obama’s instincts are centrist. Certainly in energy policy he’s offered nothing all that bold or interesting, though his sophistication and engagement have grown during the campaign, which is a good sign.

A better sign is simply that, by every testimony, he’s one of the smartest men ever to assume high political office in this country. Not just smarter than Bush. Really smart. Smart enough, if he sits down to really understand the scale of the problem he faces, that he might decide to take the gambles that the situation requires. He said, not long ago, “under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” – which is a sign of someone who is aware there may be a reality to come to grips with.

First sign to watch for: Does he go to Poland next month for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, and in so doing electrify the international talks over carbon?

All of us, you and I and all our partners, have been hard at work to collect over 44,000 invitations for President-elect Obama to attend that meeting.  We have heard him say he’s interested and will at the least send a high level representative next month.

Obama, and the rest of us, have a lot more to fear than fear itself. We’ve got carbon, and right now that’s the most frightening stuff on earth. Nonetheless, we’re feeling inspired and hopeful about the new possibilities that exist after this election – for the US and for the world. It’s now up to us to make sure the steps for Obama and for our global movement are laid out in rapid succession.  The next step is in Poland.

We’re in this together,

Bill McKibben

This is what passes for “reality” in the Climate Change circles. Carbon is the “most frightening stuff on earth.”

Do you think that sounds melodramatic?

No, not you Mr. McKibben.

Never.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 10th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “‘Carbon Is Most Frightening Stuff On Earth’”

  1. bill says:

    What will happen to the carbon life forms, trees, plants … all of us have to go. For the sake of Gaia …

  2. Helena says:

    “Our eight-year interlude from reality draws to a close, and the job of cleaning up begins. The trouble is, we’re not just cleaning up after a failed US presidency. We’re cleaning up after a two-century binge.”

    Is it really our wild and reckless abuse of the ozone that has their panties in a bunch? Something tells me there’s more to the hysteria than they’re saying. Two centuries is roughly the time AmeriKKa has been a sovereign country.

  3. The Redneck says:

    Naturally, Helena. Just watch how they work–the problem is ~always~ capitalism, the consequences are always catastrophic, and the solution is always more government.

  4. Gladius et Scutum says:

    I saw NASA scientist James Hansen on a PBS program entitlred “Dimming the Sun” earlier this year. Actually, I watched it twice. The idea was that particles of pollution had changed the nature of clouds, making them more reflective. The sunlight that would have hit the earth and become trapped, then wind up heating earth, was instead reflected back into space. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sun/

    NASA’s Hansen, the “rocket scientist” stated that this meant that the effect of antropogenic greenhouse gases was, in fact, three times worse than previously thought. I guess the fact that he is now saying that the ‘models’ we have had shoved down our throats for twenty years were off by 300% was supposed to slip by the viewership.Newton would be so proud!! Of course he only said anything because it increased alarmism among the innumerate (illiterate regarding basic math).

    The program claimed that sunlight striking earth over the last 40 years had been reduced by 22% over Europe, 10% over the United States and 9% over Antartica. Those of us familiar with basic weather pattterns know that Antartica rests in near isolation (at the level where clouds are) due to the circumpolar winds. I, anyway, am willing to sign a petition to shutdown the coal burning power plants in Antartica!

    We need to stop these Global Dimwits

  5. bill says:

    If the current solar trend continues, it will soon be cold enough that even the dumbest amongst us will realize Al Gore is a crack pot.

  6. proreason says:

    Isn’t it neat to have an enemy that can’t fight back.

    So much safer than say, Terrorism, or Communism. Those buys have a mean streak.

    Not that the fierce carbon fighters of the western world are cowards, or anything like that.

  7. gipper says:

    I like your new word, proreason–carbonfighter (C). These loons from 350.org are fighting the Global War on Carbon (GWOC) (C).

  8. GetBackJack says:

    Carbon???

    CARBON????

    Sweet Babbling Jesus. I knew this was the End Times, and I was prepared to hide in caves and eat grub worms and never ever renounce my faith … but I did not expect the End Times to be this STUPID.

  9. proreason says:

    While the carbon fighters bitch slap CO2, here is what people with brains are worried about:

    “Today, with faith-drunk fanatics pursuing nukes and old adversaries resharpening their atomic swords, we had best remember that peace is only preserved through evident strength.

    President Obama isn’t going to enjoy a honeymoon with terrorists, rogue states or opportunistic vultures around the globe. He’ll have to establish his leadership credentials immediately, to make it clear that he’s America’s president, not our liquidator-in-chief. ”

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/11102008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/the_vultures_circle_137964.htm?page=0

  10. wardmama4 says:

    -‘We’ve got carbon, and right now that’s the most frightening stuff on earth’-

    You know I was going to comment on how I would fall down on my knees to Thank God if the above statement was true in my life. . .Then I read this:

    -‘but I did not expect the End Times to be this STUPID’-

    and I realized that it was a barking moonbat type of Stupid. And since I left my mother’s basement at age 18 – I have actually experienced life and the world – and find a lot of it ‘wanting’ but not frightening. Most especially the Glowball Warning bunch of fools. In the old days they’d been locked up and experienced a bit of electrical shock to fix their thinking/brains. And a bit farther back in time – they’d have contributed to the Glowball Warning with the niffty little fire they were center piece of.

    Personally the killing of 3000 just going about their day simply because of where they live is the most frightening stuff on earth to me. And now that hot potato is about to land squarely in B. Hussein Obama’s lap. Should be interesting to see what he does at 3AM!

  11. Grassy Knoll says:

    “The political reality goes like this: George W. Bush was so terrible on this issue that the bar has been set incredibly low – Obama will get all the political points he needs with fairly minimal effort.”

    Well, let’s hope for our sake that Mr. Obama has a less-than minimal effort in store for us. Carbon, my ass. Bill McKibben and views like this are the most frightening stuff on Earth.

  12. BillK says:

    That’s the real way the shoe bomber was going to act!

    “Watch it – he’s got a match – it’s going to release carbon!”

    “We’ll do anything you say, just don’t release carbon!”

    Yeah.

    But really, how is this any different from AlGore’s claim that the biggest threat facing humanity is not the proliferation of nuclear weapons but rather is the internal combustion engine (from Earth in the Balance.)

    Note that there are plenty of other people who will be working for Mr. Obama who think Hansen’s an idiot and that Global Warming is not occurring.

    But they’re just “right-wing crackpots.”

  13. Professor_Repulso says:

    What he has done to stop global warming pt.2

    * He has a hybrid car he drives on weekends sometimes.
    * Instead of using toilet paper, he uses a special water spraying anus blaster. He invented it himself, though the Patent Office has yet to allow for him to license it due to its chafing tendencies.

    It is unknown to many that if Al Gore was to shut his mouth for 1 hour 1000 million tons of carbon would not be released into the atmosphere.

    http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Al_Gore

  14. sheehanjihad says:

    I am beginning to see the value of dumbing down the people of this country for the past thirty five years. How anyone with any brains can fall for this bunk is amazing to me. Nobody, well, not them anyway, understands that our climate is controlled by solar cycles, and that is in the geologic record for the past billion or so years. There isnt a damn thing we can do to stop it, there really isnt a damn thing we did to cause it. Our climate is cyclic, and as such it will continue to keep the levels of CO2 rising and falling whether we are here or not. We are carbon based life forms….how in the hell can we change that to suit this moron McKibblesandbits? He is a huckster of monumental proportions, and he deserves to have a fire extinguisher duct taped and emptied into his mouth and understand just how warm the climate isnt getting. He is a flat out nut job.

  15. Professor_Repulso says:

    SJ, here is something not about greenhouse gas, but CS gas. I learned that it is a racist weapon. A guy I work with was talking about training for riot duty with the National Guard back in the early 70’s. The story was that when the time came to experience the effects of the gas by removing your mask in a room filled with the stuff, these events transpired: “A black guy pulled off his mask to repeat his name, rank and serial number. The gas hit him and he bolted out the door hollering, ‘Hep me! Hep me! Hep me! Ah cain’t breethe!’ The drill instructor told him ‘Face the wind! – Face the wind!’. He kept on running and plowed into an oak tree. Instead of facing the wind, he wound up facing the sky.” Can you offer any insight?

  16. sheehanjihad says:

    Professor, you are a wicked man…….lol~

  17. JohnMG says:

    Professor_Repulso; ……”pulled off his mask to repeat his name, rank and serial number…..”

    That was a lot of rememberin’ to do, professor. All we had to do was sing the “Marine’s Hymn” and march out the door. ;-}

  18. Anonymoose says:

    The ultimate control of the climate is due to the sun. I’m more than a little concerned that the solar wind has fallen to it’s lowest level since measurements began over forty years ago. The sunspot cycle, an 11 year period of highs and lows in solar activity, should be starting into an upswing but is barely tottering along. The sun may be about to enter another “flicker” in activity akin to the Maunder Minimum, which coincided with the coldest part of the Little Ice Age from the 14th to the late 19th century..

    My local Obamabot, who challenges me to have intelligence and believe in global warming, gave me a blank stare when I asked him about this, or the Younger Dryas Event. Or the $64,000 question, why we even got into a series of ice ages in the first place. Earth is still in one of the coolest times in it’s history and yet the pinheads would have us believe that if not for the heroic intervention of Obama and the Democrats (soon a major motion picture!) the world will cook and turn into another Venus. I shake my head, and wish I could sell them a bridge or plots of land on the moon. I’d be a wealthy man.

  19. sheehanjihad says:

    The Obama administration has just announced an initiative that will require all citizens to stand outside at noon on Friday and give the sun the finger. It has been proven by climate scientists worldwide that the sun has feelings too, and if it gets our message, it will change it’s cycle immediately and our climate will cool as a result. Sweating has been outlawed in all states, and exhaling has now been made into a felony. All citizens are hereby required to hold their collective breath for ten hours a day, or have breathing rights taken from them. This collective effort will most assuredly lower global temperatures by not one damn degree, but neither will the appalling stupidity of our Climate Gurus either. Now go stand in the corner, and chant like we taught you.

  20. Professor_Repulso says:

    I can dig it, SJ. Do you have a fix for cow poots?

  21. bitterclinger says:

    The article says
    “My guess, from the outside, is that all Obama’s instincts are centrist. Certainly in energy policy he’s offered nothing all that bold or interesting, though his sophistication and engagement have grown during the campaign, which is a good sign. ”

    Is Barack Obama simply a hypnotist? That’s the easiest explanation.


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