Earlier this week, I wrote and recorded my next commentary for Valley Public Radio’s “The Moral Is” series – this time about global warming / climate change, and the moral costs of denialism. Of course, I couldn’t help but keep up a “serious academic” professorial tone to the whole thing – sadly. What can I say? Its a professional constraint/hazard of being a staid old professor. Now I wish I had really done something more along these lines:
Having subjected you to my rant for this Earth Day, allow me to share my all-time favorite rant, by that maestro of all ranting, George Carlin, reminding us holier-than-thou environmentalists of our proper place in the grand scheme of things:
A deconstruction of the US’ attitude towards democracy:
“… er, so, if two speeches and a social media site is all we needed to spread democracy… er… why did we invade Iraq? Why didn’t we just, I don’t know, poke them?” – Jon Stewart.
Something to be grateful for this sorry season: the continuing sheer brilliance of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show crew… this must rank among their best works. Along with this entry in their new field guide for extraterrestrials visiting our planet, Earth – a Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race:
Religion. It’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion
Actually, its these guys who give me hope for humanity in this world torn apart by religion.
Trust the Onion to remind us of this nagging little planetary problem we were all worried about several years ago when that Al Gore made that Oscar winning movie. An Oscar that was but a stepping stone to the Nobel Prize too. I guess we thought we’d nailed it, by giving it those awards. After all, you can’t expect us to still be thinking about a movie from, like, 4 years ago now, however gripping it may have seemed then! Our technology is soo much better now – and that lame movie wasn’t even in 3D!! Besides, there hasn’t even been a single sequel or Bollywood remake! And where’s the killer game version for my Xbox/Wii/iPhone/Android/PSP/Kinect?! Bah…
But it still won’t go away, like a zombie, this global warming thing! What’re we gonna do? Well… didn’t the awesome Avatar show us there are other planets for us to plunder, once we’ve used up this one? Now there was a kick-ass movie that showed us how easy it is to blow up even huge alien-planet-spirit trees with our technology! In IMAX 3D! I can’t wait for that sequel…
Report: Global Warming Issue From 2 o 3 Years Ago May Still Be Problem
NOVEMBER 10, 2010 | ISSUE 46.45
WASHINGTON—According to a report released this week by the Center for Global Development, climate change, the popular mid-2000s issue that raised awareness of the fact that the earth’s continuous rise in temperature will have catastrophic ecological effects, has apparently not been resolved, and may still be a problem.
While several years have passed since global warming was considered the most pressing issue facing mankind, recent studies from the Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and basically any scientific report available on the issue confirmed that it is not only still happening, but might also be worth stopping.
“Global warming, if you remember correctly, was the single greatest problem of our lifetime back in 2007 and the early part of 2008,” CGD president Nancy Birdsall said. “But then the debates over Social Security reform and the World Trade Center mosque came up, and the government had to shift its focus away from the dramatic rise in sea levels, the rapid spread of deadly infectious diseases, and the imminent destruction of our entire planet.”