Well, we have had bit of nasty weather and I have already heard that the snow and cold is caused by climate change caused by manmade global warming... I got to thinking and remembered a letter in the Tennessean I responded to last summer.... said summer was dry and very hot so naturally it was caused by manmade global warming.
I have long felt that the best way to understand what people are writing is to carefully deconstruct something they have published. Such is the case of Pam Jones who has a lengthy opinion piece in the Tennessean.First, let me note that we have no knowledge of Ms Jones’ background. She may be a highly educated scientist or she may be just another person with a cause and time to spare.
Jones writes: The atmosphere is changing — not just the one that creates our weather, but the one in which we’re talking about climate change. For years, fossil fuel interests made global warming such a charged political issue that people avoided the topic. But as the effects of a warming planet multiply, the freeze on climate conversation is thawing as fast as the glaciers.
As for her erroneous claim that people have avoided the subject I guess she has never heard of Google. Well, I have. I Googled “global warming” and received 270,000,000 hits. Perhaps someone will call and tell her. Perhaps not.
And then we have this:
“The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming. ……….
In its most recent report, it stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming, citing two papers as the source of the information.
However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them”
Jones writes: This summer, I’ve overheard more people discussing climate change than ever before — in restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery store lines. You can see a change in the media coverage, too. Stories aren’t just reporting weather catastrophes; they’re making the connection to our fossil fuel addiction. The June Associated Press story entitled “This U.S. summer is ‘what global warming looks like’” actually ran in a newspaper in tiny Cullman, Ala. You wouldn’t have seen that a year ago.
I suppose if the Culman News reported the Second Coming Ms Jones would be on I65 heading south.
But that aside, she makes the mistake of thinking something in the popular press is actually real.
Jones writes: The reason for the shift, of course, is that the dramatic effects of CO2 emissions have become part of everyone’s personal experience. Here in Nashville, we’re still talking about the searing 109 degrees we hit on June 29 — along with 3,214 other U.S. communities that broke or tied their high-temperature records that month. The conversation among Tennessee’s farmers is about the devastation of this year’s corn crop from the drought that has now spread to two-thirds of the country.
Uh, Ms Jones. We now know that global warming isn’t caused by CO2.
Jones writes: This is what a 1-degree Centigrade increase in global temperatures feels like. As the climate conversation develops, we need to focus on how to avoid even hotter temperatures in the future. Scientist warn that we must act now to keep the increase to only 2 degrees — beyond which we would be facing conditions we don’t want to think, much less talk, about. This is what a 1-degree Centigrade increase in global temperatures feels like. As the climate conversation develops, we need to focus on how to avoid even hotter temperatures in the future. Scientist warn that we must act now to keep the increase to only 2 degrees — beyond which we would be facing conditions we don’t want to think, much less talk, about.
Jim replies: No, what is being talked about is called weather. Anecdotal observations that it is hot and dry. Wow. What powers of observation we do have here. James Taylor says it better:
Jim replies: Best I can tell McKibben is a prolific contributor to the magazine, “Rolling Stone.” Now that is a source that I am sure we would like to use for something like… say.. What pop culture hoodoo is interesting…. But not the life and or death of modern civilization.Jones writes:ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson has admitted the reality of global warming and what’s causing it, but glibly says we just need to adapt. He said this the very week Nashville cooked at 109 degrees and Colorado Springs lost hundreds of homes to a fire fueled by drought- and insect-ravaged trees.
Maybe he can explain that to Tennessee farmers whose corn has been ruined. That’s a conversation I’d love to hear.Jim replies: I know some farmers and the ones I know are very intelligent hardworking people. They’d laugh at the nonsense Ms Jones is spewing. But I digress.
The fact is that Tillerson is not an expert and he is news worthy now because of whom he is, not what he knows or his education. And that he agrees with the hoaxers.Jones writes: What I’m talking about now — at work, in the bookstore, and over the fence when it’s finally cool enough in the evening to water my surviving tomato plants — is how putting a price on carbon can stop global warming. A carbon fee and dividend that returns revenue to the public would wean us off fossil fuels without damaging our economy.
It’s an idea that’s gaining support even among conservatives, notably former Reagan economic adviser Arthur Laffer and former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis. Perhaps our senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, should have a chat with them about this common-sense solution.And what of the fossil-fuel companies who will howl that a carbon fee will hurt them? Maybe they should start their own conversation about how to adapt
Jim writes: Ah, now we come to the real reason for her claims. Like most Left wingers she want s a tax to modify behavior. And like all Left wingers she thinks that you can take money from the economy, give it to government, etc….The question is, how much should we take and what will it cost?? Should we increase the tax on gasoline by a dollar?? That would sure slow down drivers. Should we charge a 30% tax on our utility bills? Well, that would cause to be hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
But, would it stop global warming? No. That is not something we can do.As I started this deconstruction I noted that I did not know anything about Ms Jones. What I do know is that she is the President of the local chapter of an organization that 99.999% of Americans know nothing or little about yet she thinks she should lecture us?
I don’t think so Ms Jones. Please “fly away home.” Your children are overheating and shouldn’t be alone.
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