Thursday, August 10, 2006

Those who adapt go to heaven

"You just don't understand," Myron would say as he mixed the Hemlock which killed Socrates. "I am doing you a favour. You are a good person right now and you will go to heaven to live in eternal life. It you lived for longer you might turn bad and go to hell forever. Anyway, this poison is probably not going to kill you because it's made from natural plant products. Actually, to put it another way, you have been dying from the day you were born, and this just rushes you forward towards your ultimate destination, old man."

I always liked the belief in heaven idea; the people who are giving you all the sh*t tell you that you will be rewarded after you die for the amount of sh*t you have taken from them. Bloody good that is!

Myron is busily spouting about is spiritual beliefs again.
Ebell does not believe global warming is a serious threat. But he says even if it were, the Kyoto Protocol is bad politics. He believes restricting energy use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will hurt national economies. "All of this effort is going for nothing. The reason I believe that is because the world cannot afford to go on the kind of energy diet that the Kyoto Protocol is the first step of."
There is a good analogy. Your doctor says you have to lose weight, stop smoking, and exercise or you will have a heart attack. Myron explains how uncomfortable and badly difficult that is, completely neglecting to remind you that the alternative is what will feel like being shot in the chest at close range with a similar chance of survival. Our psychology is flawed in that we are not frightened by that scenario as we are by a real gun, simply because it's not visible. Myron's job is easy because he explains how certain inconvenient things which you can't see now don't exist.

He continued:
Myron Ebell says glaciers have been melting since the end of the last ice age about 10,000 years ago, yet people have adapted.
Like war, famine, and pestilence, people have adapted to these phenomena by dying in large numbers. As long as Exxon's profits are safe, Myron is quite okay with that type of adaptation.
He argues that global warming has benefits, such as a longer growing season and hardier crops. "Carbon dioxide is necessary for plants to photosynthesize, so if there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, plants should grow more quickly, more vigorously and they should be more resistant to things like drought," says Ebell.
Here's a fact. Myron knows f*** all about economics. He knows less than f*** all about plant science, and talks like the child who believes that he can grow a boiled potato tree by planting boiled potatoes. I suppose the massive desertification across Africa and the rest of the world, coinciding with the years of a doubling of the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is evidence that plants do not do as they should. Maybe CO2 stimulated grown at a time of drought causes greater damage because the chemical balance they are evolved to handle is all cockeyed. If you give Myron a plate of high energy giving salty hamburgers to eat, maybe he gains the power to go without water.

Reality. Don't bug him about reality. I've changed my mind about the Exxon's policy of using Myron as a proxy for their lying lies. Now since everyone refers to him correctly as an Exxon-funded spokesman, while Exxon itself refuses to make any comments, this slug-face is now their de-facto official mouthpiece in the eyes of the public.

Elsewhere, Myron wrote a piece advising the President to:
[E]xplain that current high gas prices are the result of high economic growth (no apologies necessary), which increases demand, and continuing supply problems, some of which are caused by government.
in order to overcome the public anger and help re-elect his Republican friends to Congress.

Alternatively, the administration can stoke up a absolutely bloody war in the middle-east, blame the prices on that, let the oil companies add an extra spike for profits, and demand that America stand together united with their strong leader in a time of war (of their own making).

People will die in large numbers. As we know, Myron and his friends do not care as long as Exxon's profits remain safe. They are just adapting to the f***ed up real politics of the day.

The environment is not dying, it is being killed, and the people doing it have names and addresses.


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