Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Climate change makes me right

We have become accustomed to reading about all the things caused by climate change:

Agricultural land increase, Africa evastated, African aid threatened, Africa hit hardest, air pressure changes, Alaska
, allergies increase, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream endamphibians breeding earlier (or not)ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, Antarctic grass flourishes, anxietyalgal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic lakes disappear, asthma, Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty, atmospheric defianceatmospheric
circulation modified
, avalanches reduced, avalanches increasedbananas destroyed, bananas grow, beetle nfestation, bet for $10,000,  better beer, big melt faster, billion dollar research projects, billions of deaths, bird distributions change, bird visitors drop, birds return early, blackbirds stop singing, blizzards
And so on.

A new, but depressingly inevitable, development is the use of climate change to prove a previously held opinion right, and there's a glint of serious fanaticism in this. Two examples:

A subscription-only piece in the WSJ, reproduced here quotes Clare Short, from a recent UN Israel hate-fest:
Claiming that Israel is actually "much worse than the original apartheid state" and accusing it of "killing (Palestinian) political leaders," Ms. Short charged the Jewish state with the ultimate crime: Israel "undermines the international community's reaction to global warming." According to Ms. Short, the Middle East conflict distracts the world from the real problem: man-made climate change. If extreme weather will lead to the "end of the human race," as Ms. Short warned it could, add this to the list of the crimes of Israel.
And in a comment on this blog, David Wildgoose tells us this:
I play Go on Sunday nights and we had a visit from an extremely left-wing Go player who claimed that the Taleban were, and I quote, "on the side of the Angels because they have a lower carbon footprint than the British Army".
Not only, it is being claimed, is the debate on climate change "over", but this can be extrapolated to other issues at random. The effect of another issue on climate change, even if that effect is merely to take the focus off it, renders the debate on that other issue "over" as well.

It's the perfect conversation stopper. For a maniac.

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