April 20, 2009

Earth Without People, Hurray!

Dinocrat quotes:
“We need to be doing a lot more to reverse the global trend toward fatness, and recognize it as a key factor in the battle to reduce (carbon) emissions and slow climate change”…
The underlying attitude here is totalitarian. This guy pretty much nails it, IMO:
What they want is a a command-and-control economy based on scarcity of resources. And of course, once widespread scarcity is established, THEY will be in control of the scarce resources, so WE will OBEY.
Somewhere, Mencken is not surprised:
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and thus clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
And then there are the Earth Without People people:
The environazis are not interested in renewable energy because they are not interested in renewable people. These are anti-human…opposed to our very existence.

You have to wonder what induced the level of self-loathing required to make some people hate absolutely everything associated with their species. But there you have it.
I'm baffled. I have no idea of how to communicate with someone who thinks this way.
I don't know if the climate is warming, cooling or trendlessly fluctuating, or whether anthropogenic warming and natural cooling are offsetting each other. IMHO the proper long-term recourse is geoengineering--reversible geoengingeering, thank you very much--, and I support research into such proposals even when the motivation seems half-cocked.

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