Sunday, September 05, 2010

Crying over spilt oil

A several person one-sided debate on NewsMax between Myron Ebell and other know-nothings from places like the Heritage Foundation produced the following lessons from the Gulf oil spill:

"Global warming is one prediction of doom after another," Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, tells Newsmax. "You know, we're all going to get malaria, or there will be hurricanes and tornadoes everywhere, or sea levels will rise drastically in a short period of time. It's just one claim of doom right around the corner after another."
No, Myron, it's about your great-grandchildren. It'll happen to them, but you don't care, do you? You think you'll be swept up to heaven with The Rapture before any of the consequences, don't you? That's because you don't believe in justice. There is no justice. Not from God. Not from nature. Only from society. And by the fact that you are still a free man shows there is very little of that yet to happen.
Ebell sees another parallel between the BP spill and global warming: The high costs associated with the government's response.

"The economic damage of the response is so much larger than the economic damage of the disaster," Ebell tells Newsmax. "It's many, many times the size, potentially. ... You certainly see this in global warming, where the medicine is so much worse than the disease.
Say what? Which part of the response caused more damage than the oil leak? Was it the government response of making BP pay to clean it up and the effect on its share price?

You're not even making sense here, Ebell.


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