Sunday, January 07, 2007

"Restore the climate you fucking asshole"

Today's search string of the day, that is.

i mean, while it is strangely lovely to be able to walk about in short sleeves in New ork City -in fucking January,- it is also just a tad creepy. especially what with y'know huge ass freak blizzards in CO, (and no, you fucking morons, unusual cold does NOT disprove "global warming," it is CLIMATE. CHANGE), reports of snow in southern new Mexico, cherry blossoms already blossoming in D.C., reports of unseasonably hot or cold weather from all over the damn planet, and that there ancient ice shelf snapping off the Arctic...

so, the only question is: which fucking asshole do we address this to? and what do we do if (when) he can't or won't do anything to restore?

11 comments:

idoru345 said...

Sadly, we are well past the point of restoration. Like a star grasping for hydrogen, the system has reached runaway.


Our best options are redesign (as in, away from fossil fuels) and retrofit - hardening and smartening our housing, power, telecommunications and transportation infrastructure for the beating it's unavoidably going to take.

This would (should) be a planet-wide project, Star Trekian in scale, Napoleonic in audacity.

I would happily sign-on and don the sleek black jumpsuit of the Civilization Redesign Corps.


Bruce Sterling wrote:


Climate change is not gonna be combatted through voluntary acts of individual charity. It's gonna be combatted through some kind of colossal, global-scaled, multilateral, hectic, catch-as-catch-can effort to stop burning stuff, suck the burnt smoke out of the sky, and put the smoke back into the ground. That's not gonna get done a little green teacup at a time, because we've been doing it for two centuries and we don't have two centuries to undo it.

"Reducing emissions" is a wrongheaded way to approach it. If "reducing emissions" is the goal, then the best technique available is to drop dead. The second-best technique is to go around killing a lot of people. Nobody's got a lighter eco-footprint than a dead and buried guy. He's not walking around leaving footprints: the Earth is piled on top of him.

We're past the point where reduction helps much; we will have to invent and deploy active means of remediation of the damage. But from another, deeper perspective: we shouldn't involve outselves in lines of development where the ultimate victory condition is emulating dead
people. There's no appeal in that. It's bad for us. That kind of inherent mournfulness is just not a good way to be human. We're not footprint-generating organisms whose presence on the planet is inherently toxic and hurtful. We need better handprints, not lighter footprints. We need better stuff, not less stuff. We need to think it through and take effective action, not curl up in a corner stricken with guilt and breathe shallowly.

Jessica Dreadful said...

Gotta love Fox News. "Northeast bias?"

d. monroe said...

fox news? northeast bias?

I don't understand.

donna said...

Weird. Last time I was in NY in January it was snowing and freezing. Go fig....

Unsane said...

Perth weather is strangely subtropical now, rather than Mediterranean. I reather like it, although lots of trees and animals are dying on the continent.

Mike B) said...

The people who run things now are not able to change the way they run the means of production: it's just not profitable. By the time it is profitable, it'll be way too late for your kids or the children of your children. There's nobody to adress this question to except ourselves and we're afraid of answering it, because it implies taking the means of production out of the hands of the incompetent and greedy and putting them under our own social ownership and democratic control. The psychopathology involved with the profit motive has to be disgarded in favour of production for use and need while living in harmony with the Earth. I'm afraid, were incapable of exercising THAT much freedom.

There is no Godot. No sense in waiting for the fucker. The authority is all yours to give away or assert for yourselves.

FUNKYBROWNCHICK said...

It's all scary stuff indeed. :(

Amber said...

I don't know what I'm supposed to do about this other than be scared. And I don't like being scared.

super des said...

Not to mention the allergies that are killing me. And my big coat & boots are slowly disintegrating from disuse.

Rosie said...

I have to agree that we are too late. Very sad, but this should have been jumped on thirty years ago at least.

And it is a good argument for the
Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.


If we could control our population numbers better we could solve so many problems, but it looks like we are in for a bumpy ride.

The Scarlet Pervygirl said...

"Global climate change" is the scariest phrase I can think of. I literally get physically nauseated whenever I hear it.

If it makes you feel any better, I live in Colorado, and do not feel that these blizzards and the startling, unprecedented cold spell we're currently experiencing are in any way evidence against global warming--rather, they are evidence of climate change as a result of global warming. I've heard rumors that there are two other non-conservative people in my city, and they probably believe the same thing. So, you know. We're keeping the flame alive.

When we're not hiding in attics, I mean.