Author Topic: Mark Steyn: Global warming's glorious ship of fools (Mark Steyn)  (Read 175 times)

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Offline happyg

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Has there ever been a better story? It's like a version of Titanic where first class cheers for the iceberg

Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain, America and continental Europe.

But still: you’d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ‘stuck in our own experiment’, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit. On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.

But alas, eating one’s shipmates and watching one’s extremities drop off one by one is not a part of today’s high-end eco-doom tourism. Instead, the ice-locked warmists uploaded chipper selfies to YouTube, as well as a self-composed New Year singalong of such hearty un-self-awareness that it enraged even such party-line climate alarmists as Andrew Revkin, the plonkingly earnest enviro-blogger of the New York Times. A mere six weeks ago, pumping out the usual boosterism, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that, had Captain Scott picked his team as carefully as Professor Chris Turney, he would have survived. Sadly, we’ll never know — although I’ll bet Captain Oates would have been doing his ‘I am going out. I may be some time’ line about eight bars into that New Year number.

Unlike Scott, Amundsen and Mawson, Professor Turney took his wife and kids along for the ride. And his scientists were outnumbered by wealthy tourists paying top dollar for the privilege of cruising the end of the world. In today’s niche-market travel industry, the Antarctic is a veritable Club Dread for upscale ecopalyptics: think globally, cruise icily. The year before the Akademik Shokalskiy set sail, as part of Al Gore’s ‘Living On Thin Ice’ campaign (please, no tittering; it’s so puerile; every professor of climatology knows that the thickest ice ever is a clear sign of thin ice, because as the oceans warm, glaciers break off the Himalayas and are carried by El Ninja down the Gore Stream past the Cape of Good Horn where they merge into the melting ice sheet, named after the awareness-raising rapper Ice Sheet…

More of article at link: http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9112201/ship-of-fools-2/

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Re: Mark Steyn: Global warming's glorious ship of fools (Mark Steyn)
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 12:42:34 PM »
We can laugh all we want, but the warmists will never give up. The believers will follow, in unquestioning fashion. And most troubling, is the warmists have one of their own in the White House, making rules for those of us who are so smart as to laugh, to follow.

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Re: Mark Steyn: Global warming's glorious ship of fools (Mark Steyn)
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 01:20:39 PM »
We can laugh all we want, but the warmists will never give up. The believers will follow, in unquestioning fashion. And most troubling, is the warmists have one of their own in the White House, making rules for those of us who are so smart as to laugh, to follow.

Marc Morano of Climatedepot.com is on with Pat and Stu right now - very long segment on this - he has been expounding on how these GW idiots want to have it both ways to shore up the lefts fight to put us into Kyoto and Cap and Trade because congressmen and senators are afraid to even bring them to a vote because they get so much push back at home so now they are going underground to do it around the American public by shutting down energy plants and increasing the cost of energy quietly and this will keep talk radio quiet about it and the people won't be screaming at their congressmen....  it was a very interesting 25 minute interview... which is why I like The Blaze  - no screaming over each other or yelling - long segments on their shows to go into details you don't get anywhere else.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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