Posts Tagged ‘climate change’

by baldilocks

School children went on strike in the name of climate change last week. I don’t even feel like checking to see which day it was because I know that the activists who put these kids up to skipping class don’t really care about the climate. If they did, the United States would be far down on the list for castigation.

But the activists are all over Americans and Europeans about climate change and pollution for simple reasons: they know that the West is capable of being shamed about it and that Westerners have money. Activists pretty much ignore the real problem nations, places like India

Twenty-two of the world’s 30 worst cities for air pollution are in India, according to a new report, with Delhi again ranked the world’s most polluted capital.

The Greenpeace and AirVisual analysis of air pollution readings from 3,000 cities around the world found that 64% exceed the World Health Organization’s annual exposure guideline for PM2.5 fine particulate matter – tiny airborne particles, about a 40th of the width of a human hair, that are linked to a wide range of health problems.

Every single measured city in the Middle East and Africa exceeds the WHO guidelines, as well as 99% of cities in south Asia and 89% in east Asia.

… and China.

According to search results, China and Pakistan compete for the most polluted countries in the world. Most of the other top polluters are in South Asia and Africa, as mentioned in the Guardian link.

Some of these lists of Top Ten Most Sh*tholiest Countries slide the United States and other First World countries into the mix, but I wonder, in spite of what we’ve seen lately in Baltimore and in Los Angeles.

Look at this video. It’s said to be from the Dominican Republic.

Look. I understand why none of the activists want to go bother the children of Middle Eastern Muslims, Africans, or the Chinese. I mean who wants to die or get arrested in, say, Nigeria?

But let’s stop pretending that America is the Devil in the religion of climate change.

(Video courtesy of Thomas Wictor)

UPDATE: Arthur Chrenkoff:

St Joan of Arc of the Children’s Crusade against Carbon, Greta Thunberg, should be going to Beijing or Bangalore and staging her protests there instead of, or at least in addition to, Sweden or New York. She should be hounding President Xi and Prime Minister Modi about their shameful emissions. She should be leading throngs of Asian kids out of schools for her Friday student strikes. She should be castigating the industries and the consumers of the developing world for destroying the planet and killing humanity in the process. She should be doing all this if she were serious about the global nature of the problem. But I won’t be holding my breath.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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I have the strange Habit in the morning (for a conservative) of watching Morning Joe on weekdays as I get ready to start my day.

Morning Joe is interesting for several reasons. It is the least bombastic show on MSNBC, and the only one where a conservative positions are occasionally introduced. It’s a great measure if a conservative story is actually going to break into the MSM, even if it is to simply be attacked. It is also the most entertaining morning show out there.

One and a while they have a guest that is so outrageous that I tend to change the channel. One of them is Dr. Jeffrey Sachs from the Earth institute of Columbia University. His most egregious batch of nonsense was referring to the great scholar Victor Davis Hanson as an “extremist” and excoriating Joe Scarborough for quoting a piece of his.

This morning just after coming home from taking my kid to school they brought Sachs on. I was busy writing bills so I only briefly registered him, but my jaw dropped because he started talking sensibly about nuclear power in the US. It was such a change, he pointed out that the US does have nuclear power now and it has been generally safe that I started to pay closer attention…then he went and spoiled it by making an incredible claim.

Just after Ed Rendell made the great point that no US trial lawyer has even won a death suit over nuclear power. Sacks followed up stating AS A FACT that thousands of people are dying all over the world from climate change, and calling those do disagree propagandists. He claimed this was due to droughts, floods and famine.

The sheer absurdity of this claim is breathtaking; anyone who has studied history of the world knows that droughts, floods and famine have been with us since time immemorial. To try to make such a connection is so egregious, so nonsensical that you would wonder that an educated person could say it, then again how much funding does Columbia’s “earth institute” from the Global Warming crowd?

Morning Joe Today hit Michelle Bachmann for incorrectly placing Lexington and Concord in New Hampshire but nobody challenged Sacks completely unprovable statement, even more incredible is the idea of making such a statement while people are pulling actual dead bodies out of cars and homes in Japan.

If you want to know why academics have lost the respect of the public in general, look no further.

Update: That’s Jeffrey Sachs btw, corrected

Running late again this month so let me give a found farewell to are blogs of the month for last month. Holysmoke, DaScienceGuy and SISU.

This month we have Katy’s conservative corner. She Joins into the debate on the Giffords shooting thus:

The Associated Press reported on Sunday morning that, despite the fact that this person had been turned down by the US Army for enlistment, had dropped out of high school, and been kicked out of his community college, somehow Sarah Palin was to be blamed.

Katy wishes congresswoman Giffords a speedy recovery.

Our next pick is Tim Blair who is always a pleasure to read he has spoken on the Giffords shooting but you will enjoy this global warming post more:

Doomstruck US scientist James Hansen essentially launched the modern global warming movement with his 1988 testimony before Congress. Batting on a friendly pitch and facing only the softest of attacks, Hansen scored easy runs and has remained in the opening slot ever since.

Against more probing questions, Hansen is prone to wild slogging. In 2009 he was forcibly removed from the crease during an anti-coal demonstration outside the White House and later that year called for a carbon tax equivalent to one dollar per US gallon of petrol.

Hansen’s opening partner, US panic merchant Bill McKibben, wrote one of the earliest books on global warming and continues writing books on the same subject, hoping that one day they’ll be read. Currently campaigning to have Earth re-named as Eaarth. Seriously.

He is using Cricket imagery and the whole post is a ton of fun.

Finally we bring on Dr. Sanity who has a gem on an e-mail he received in reaction to the Giffords shooting:

It takes a truly ‘sick’ person, in every philosophical/moral/spiritual and ethical sense of the word to say that such an ill person’s motivations are the exact motivations of those with whom they happen to disagree.

I have been treating schizophrenic patients for almost 35 years now. The point is that their illness impairs their cognitive functioning. Schizophrenics have a biological cause for their dysfunction.

I wonder what my emailer’s excuse for his behavior is?

I suspect it derives from the voluntary suspension of his cognitive functioning in order to maintain a certain worldview or ideology that explains a disturbing reality he does not want to face.

I think we can take the word “suspect” out of it.

…is Charles Johnson attacking those who don’t fall for this bunk.

Well tomorrow is another year and to my knowledge he still hasn’t changed sides on Israel so there is still a slight hope for him, but I wouldn’t want to make book on when that will change.