In the meantime, we have weather

A semi-elegant thought experiment on the question of carbon dioxide:

[I]f one goes back to (say) 1850 and spawns a parallel universe in which one instantly and without pollution kills all the humans, then runs the clock forward to today, is there more CO2 in our universe than in that parallel universe’s 2014? In that case, my even-money bet would be “yes”. But I don’t feel hugely strongly about that. I also don’t care or think it is germane to much of anything.

We would like to disclaim, expressly and in full, any responsibility should some farking maniac transport himself back to 1850 and destroy all of mankind. If we wait long enough, we can do it ourselves, thank you very much. And we’ll probably do it with financial derivatives and similar bogus constructs. This is the way the world ends, not with a whim, but a banker.


  1. Joe »

    17 June 2014 · 6:49 am

    insert rim shot here

  2. fillyjonk »

    17 June 2014 · 7:19 am

    Except, all those decaying human bodies would surely have an effect on global CO2. And all the food decaying in the houses, and and and.

    I’m actually (sadly) expecting some madman getting access to either nukes or a deadly virus as how the human species bows itself out.

  3. McGehee »

    17 June 2014 · 9:13 am

    The way things are going I think it’ll be G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate.

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