Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This Weak in Ebell

Pretty much all activity has ceased from Myron Ebell, aside from his thin and pointless "This Week DC" postings at the Cold Head Blog on October 27 and October 16 lamenting the fact that "there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between McCain and Obama" on global warming and energy issues.

Like so many of Myron's comments, it's not true. What they say in words may be the same in terms of an admission of the obvious realities, but the policies will be quite different. One will cave-in completely to the reactionary elite who think they can buy themselves and their children places on the next rocketship to another planet, and the other is an old duffer who will die and be succeeded by a fundamentalist millenial wing-nut christian with an intellect not fit for the Kindergarden classroom.

It's beyond parody and out the other side ten times over. To pick on fruit flies... lord almighty. To actually have -- let alone display -- that level of ignorance of scientific practice takes your breath away. You couldn't make this up. I've tried. The best I can come up with is: "We've got to build super-weapons, and I don't see why any physics money should go on german refugee scientists and their silly theories about the constant speed of light."

It's just this kind of swamp of uneducated-and-do-not-know-it that Myron swims in.

Seeing as the public expression of climate change denial has no high level backing at present willing to hire Myron's voice -- as he admits -- he is no doubt doing evil stuff off-line, either by misleading powerful and scientifically ignorant plutocrats, or by doing the dirty policy work to undermine the chance that anything put in place will work.

I mean, even Newt Gingrich and Frank Luntz see the crisis. Between them, they give the usual excuse of "I'm not responsible because when I was doing the damage I didn't know then what I know now". This excuse doesn't apply to Myron, because he knew all along. He was the one responsible for ensuring that Luntz, Gingrich, and the rest of them didn't know then what they know now. It's a multiplier effect. That's why Myron is the evilest one, while the rest of them just don't seem to be angry enough with him for these years of lying.

So, anyway, lacking any meaty current material from Myron, it's necessary to dig into the archives. Back in February 2000, he wrote an article entitled: Does America Have the Energy to Weather $2-Per-Gallon gas Prices?, in which he mocked President Clinton for believing what he'd read in the book Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, because it was written by crackpots like Amory Lovins, whose ideas are suddenly looking pretty good. Shame we blew all the wealth on yachts for the super-rich, cocaine, and other deals that have no future.

So instead we've had ten years based on the policies espoused in the book of the same year, Dow 36,000, the author of which -- and indisputable crackpot -- is now economic advisor to the McCain campaign.

There are crackpots, and there are people whom crackpots say are crackpots. All those wasted years.


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