Smug idiots

They’re everywhere:

I have seen a couple of instances on social media of people pointing out, “See, all this is happening right after the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement!”

Sure, but even if you believe the Agreement is funding some sort of Captain Planet-type corps of superheroes pushing back against the cruel thermometer of Wicked Industrial Mankind (it isn’t), there’s one tiny problem: “The Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris), Paris climate accord or Paris climate agreement, is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.”

Catch that last? Twenty-twenty. So far, Paris hasn’t produced anything but fancy talk and high-falutin’ plans.

In fact, though President Trump most certainly has announced the U. S. would withdraw from the Agreement, it works out that the very earliest date by which this country could be out would be 4 November 2020, which just happens to be the day after the next Presidential elections, making this one of those safest of Presidential promises, slated to occur after the promiser’s term of office has ended.*

“But … but … CLIMATE CHANGE! Look at all these hurricanes!”

Um, no:

Looking back, the short-term “noise” of weather is huge compared to the long-term trendlines of climate: there’s a lot of jitter. On the scale of geologic time, the climate shows lovely rising and falling curves, Ice Age to Warm Period and back again, a bit sawtooth-y; zoom in to the span of a single human lifetime and the big curve vanishes under warm spells and cold snaps, floods and droughts. At no time has the planet been entirely Edenic: it’s a tough place for individual naked apes and it’s not all that great for the other critters, either: mortality is 100%.

I am persuaded that the single factor leading most people down the rabbit hole of “climate change” these days is the presence of a Ford F-250 truck with a Trump sticker on 35-inch wheels, two doors down.

The person who’s going to take this worst, you may be sure, is the guy who insists “See! It’s already proven!” Were that so, there’d be no reason to spend another 50 cents on research. So they’ll wait for the UN to fluff up some new way to pry dollars or euros out of working economies and then lavish them on Third World hellholes. It never takes long.


  1. McG »

    11 September 2017 · 12:31 pm

    No no no no no no no!

    Trump’s term expires at noon on January 20, 2021. If he seeks re-election and his main November opponent is a Democrat, he could be president until January 20, 2025.

    Why do people keep confusing Election Day with Inauguration Day? Don’t they teach civics anymore!?

    What? Ohhhhhh.

    Never mind.

  2. McG »

    11 September 2017 · 12:37 pm

    By the way, the real reason climate isn’t weather, is that climate is statistics. Weather is rain and wind and sun and clouds. It’s present tense.

    Climate exists solely as a concept because people started writing down what the weather was, and other people read it years later and — as people do — saw patterns.

    Weather is present tense. Climate is past tense. The future? In the future there will be weather, and people will write about it, and other people someday will call it climate.

  3. Holly H »

    12 September 2017 · 10:35 am

    This debate got me to wondering what Floridians think about climate change? Here’s an article from a Miami newspaper, in March 2017, that says:
    1. Most Floridians DO believe global warming is real.
    2. Most Floridians outside of Miami, don’t think it will affect them personally.

    I wonder what they think now?

  4. John Salmon »

    12 September 2017 · 11:01 am

    Conflating “global warming”-temperatures are higher today than in 1880, say, for debatable reasons-with Hal Lindsey-style gloom and doom is pretty sloppy stuff, in all honesty.

  5. L. Beau Macaroni »

    12 September 2017 · 6:44 pm

    TO: John Salmon – It’s been a few years since I’ve seen name “Hal Lindsey” mentioned in print, although I am told that he was quite the rage in the decade of my nativity, the 1970s. All-in-all, Mr. Lindsey and his The Late, Great Planet Earth make for a more accurate, if more obscure literary reference to the “pass my revenue-enhancing legislation or we’ll all die from climate change” bunch than my go-to, Chicken Little.

    Well done, sir.

  6. Jack Baruth »

    13 September 2017 · 9:04 am

    Scott Adams pointed out that the media continually brays “climate is not weather” during any cold spell but then maintains a dignified silence during hurricanes and whatnot. His theory is that this is a situation where the one-party state would prefer you to make some ridiculous unscientific assumptions and then vote based on those assumptions.

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