If We Could Convert Stupid To Electricity,  We’d Be Set [Updated]

Given how much energy the Breitbartians are devoting at the moment to stretching the bounds of idiocy (no links or I’d just fill the page) while still keeping a hand free for the old racebaiting, the rest of the pack is having to up its game.

Bob Cesca just nominated Town Hall’s David Hoyt (“Hoyt?! I’ll show you Hoyt!”) for “Stupid Quote of the Day” thanks to a little gem I’ll share in a minute that deserves wider celebration, but first there’s the rest of Hoyt’s screed that isn’t much less daft.

David sets out to review Sen. Jim Inhofe’s new book, The Greatest Hoax. If I tell you it’s a diatribe about environmentalism, you can probably imagine its gist just from the title. And it certainly seems to have fired young David up. Kermie’s comin’ for ya, gas-guzzlin’ Americans:

... the greenies on the left are relentless in their pursuit of global control of everything related to the environment. Which is to say, everything.

Well, yeah. The thing about the environment is its kind of everythingness, David. You’re surrounded.

David’s obviously easily impressed:

It features no less than 408 footnotes and a useful index.

Woo—408 footnotes! That’s almost as impressive as that time Al Franken demolished Ann Coulter for her “extensive footnoting” onstage via the dastardly liberal ploy of actually checking them out, then illustrating that “never mind the quality, feel the width” is a maxim that applies to mendacious rightwing demagogic screeds as much as tailoring.

I’ll cherrypick some more:

Admittedly, the debate over climate change should focus on data, not anecdotal evidence such as a day of snowfall. However, the priestly knights of the green temple get extra fussy on hot days, and Inhofe cites numerous examples of greenies arguing that a hot day is evidence of global warming.

I’ll bear that in mind next time there’s an unseasonal cold snap and the TownHallitariat start chortling “Huh, global warming, eh? Nyuk nyuk.” In fact, as a closet “greenie,” I’m more exercised about climate change, and if I was to get “extra fussy,” I might with some justification cite the eight months or so of near-relentless high (and I mean HIGH) winds and unprecedented sustained rainfall my own neck of the woods has recently been through, but yadayadayada, anecdotal evidence and all that.

The green movement goes back over a century, but it saw jumps in activity in the seventies, nineties, and two thousands. The green movement of the seventies presumably dressed poorly, had a bad haircut, and it was mostly relegated to academic discussion. Inhofe takes great joy in pointing out that climate change alarmism of the seventies ironically foretold global cooling disasters.

Well, now. I was around in the 1970s, and my sartorial shortcomings aside, since they’re entirely fucking irrelevant (though from the look of him, I suspect young David wasn’t even a glimmer in his daddy’s eye at the time, let alone in a position to serve as fashion police, though he may be preternaturally youthful-looking, in which case I’m sure he rocked a fine pair of diapers), there were all sorts of effects we were alarmed about at the time. See, climate change is unpredictable in its effects in a highly complex interconnected system like that there environment that’s creepin’ up on ya, David. You may fry while I freeze. Sorry, I’m fantasizing here. Anyway, that “alarmism” saw a few things happen, like addressing the issue of ozone depletion once it became obvious that it really was happening. And what do you know? Governments across the world eventually took concerted action to ban CFCs etc., and the rate of depletion has been slowing over the last decade or two, so that’s one I’ll chalk up to us and our “academic discussion” for now.

More cherries:

The green movement of the nineties had more angst, flannel, and grassroots activism than in the seventies, but it wasn’t until the two thousands that the army of obnoxious do-gooders canvassed America. Inhofe rightly attributes this rise of modern green fascism to Al Gore.

Yeah, those fascists tried to come for your lightbulbs, didn’t they David? Never did like that Bush the younger much myself. Turn another light on for me.

Ugh. There’s a lot more of this and it’s not really worth reading, let alone poking with a pointy stick, so I’ll cut to that Stupid Quote of the Day Bob picked out, then you can decide for yourselves if David “Mr. Science” Hoyt is a man with his finger on the pulse of the sci-zeitgeist. Here it comes, hope you feel it’s been worth the wait:

An international carbon tax program is one of the most hideous ideas forged in the minds of men. Since all known life forms are carbon-based, it is a proposal to control all life.

“Stupid Quote of the Day”? I dunno, Bob. It’s early in the century, but that’ll take some beating.

Late Update

MikeJ in the comments points us to this excellent article from Jeffrey Masters that I think deserves a wider airing. Masters gives a neat overview of the struggle between deniers and “greenies” over the issue of depletion of the ozone layer, and the concerted efforts by rightwingers and lobbyists to discredit and suppress the science and thwart efforts to address the problem:

The Skeptics vs. the Ozone Hole

... Unfortunately, it appears that we have not learned our lesson from the past 30 years’ experience with the ozone-CFC debate. Once again, we find a theory that has wide support in the scientific community being attacked by a handful of skeptics, publishing outside of the peer-reviewed scientific literature, their voices greatly amplified by the public relations machines of powerful corporations and politicians sympathetic to them. The skeptics have trotted out the same bag of tricks used in the CFC-ozone depletion debate, this time to delay any response to the threat of global warming. And once again, it will likely take a disaster to change things—unless we wise up to their tricks.

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Yes, I always go with the biased writing of a politician with an axe to grind and a pocket full of Exxon bucks when I need some scientificatin’.  Who wouldn’t?

Well, when you then get the Director of Development from the Paulite Young Americans for Liberty  to review the damn thing, what could possibly go wrong?

I’ll bear that in mind next time there’s an unseasonal cold snap and the TownHallitariat start chortling “Huh, global warming, eh? Nyuk nyuk.”

That really gets on my nerves.  I’ve tried to tell people the point is where once it was hot, it will now be cooler, where once it was cooler it will now be hot.  They don’t get it.  They’ll just moan when they have to dig their car out of unseasonal twenty feet of snow.

Currently in my back garden “summer” has been thus: rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, normal sun (26 deg C or roundabouts), normal sun, rain, rain rain, boiling sun for a week (which ruined my veges!), more rain etc etc.  Now the rain we had we’ve had a lot in the last ten years but it’s the warm type stuff.  This summer’s rain was fuckin’ cold.  Hence my veges getting ruined with a sudden heat blast after three weeks of cold rain.  I was hoping that would mean summer would be late but no such luck, although it is sunny right now (after raining overnight) so I’m off to mow the lawn which I’ve been waiting a two weeks to do.

I’ll bear that in mind next time there’s an unseasonal cold snap and the TownHallitariat start chortling “Huh, global warming, eh? Nyuk nyuk.”

It’s simple, really, to explain that there is a difference between climate and weather. You just say that weather is a fluid set of events so complex that no computer ever built will be able to predict…

Ha ha! Welcome to my fantasy!

The green movement of the seventies presumably dressed poorly, had a bad haircut, and it was mostly relegated to academic discussion.

Wait, the movement had a bad haircut? I ought to meet this Green Movement fellow. Maybe he can introduce me to Gay Agenda.

I suspect the only green movement Mr. Hoyt has ever witnessed in person disappeared with a couple of flushes.

Speaking of ozone, didja catch Jeff Master’s post on “what if the climate deniers had been around when we learned of the ozone hole?”

Comment by MikeJ on 03/26/12 at 12:18 PM

No, I hadn’t seen that, Mike, and it’s a good read, so thanks. He points out that they were around (and much the same suspects are still at it), and did their best to hamper efforts to address the problem (hence my little dig in the post up there):

Critics and skeptics—primarily industry spokespeople and scientists from conservative think tanks—immediately attacked the theory. Despite the fact that Molina and Rowland’s theory had wide support in the scientific community, a handful of skeptics, their voices greatly amplified by the public relations machines of powerful corporations and politicians sympathetic to them, succeeded in delaying imposition of controls on CFCs for many years. However, the stunning discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole in 1985 proved the skeptics wrong. Human-generated CFCs were indeed destroying Earth’s protective ozone layer. In fact, the ozone depletion was far worse than Molina and Roland had predicted. No one had imagined that ozone depletions like the 50% losses being observed by 1987 over Antarctica were possible so soon. Despite the continued opposition of many of the skeptics, the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to phase out ozone-destroying chemicals, was hurriedly approved in 1987 to address the threat.

I wonder what Master’s fashion sense is like? He probably has countertops, too. Anyway, he’s a PhD, so what does he know? He’d probably tax the carbon out of yer ass.

I thought that article was worth running an update. Thanks, Mike.

I was just wondering if the anti-curly-lightbulb brigade was still pissing and moaning about not being able to use CFC-based aerosol deodorants.

An electrical company is one of the most hideous ideas forged in the minds of men.  Since all known brain activity is electricity-based, it is a proposal to control all thoughts.  Unless you’re wearing a foil helmet!

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