2012



What Do You Do When Global Warming Strikes? Kick Someone’s Bee-hind
July 3, 2012

Massive storms struck the upper midwest, all the way to the Atlantic states, on Friday, June 29, the kind of storms that used to mostly hit Oklahoma, where I live. But weather zones have moved northward, and Oklahoma now mostly experiences a Mexican style semi-desert zone. The greenhouse effect holds in solar energy, making the atmosphere not gently warmer but tempestuously hotter. Don’t expect a smooth transition to spa conditions with global warming. The June 29 storms were followed by what the people in those states consider intolerably hot conditions, that is, temperatures that are normal in Oklahoma and Louisiana summers.

Utility companies are, we may suppose, working as hard as they can to restore power to the affected communities. Why? Because they need air conditioning. I’m not knocking air conditioning; I’m enjoying it, albeit frugally, right now. And I really do empathize with the storm victims. But they consider it a right. Maryland governor Martin O'Malley,
commented, regarding the utility company Pepco which promised to restore power within a few days, that this simply was not good enough. "There is no one who will have his boot further up Pepco's behind...than I will," he said. So that, I guess, is how we are supposed to deal with the storms that inevitably accompany global warming. Rather than to curb carbon emissions by reducing our use and increasing our efficiency of energy use, we just wait until something happens and then get mad. Oh, and then we forget all about it. Remember? There was a big storm the previous week in Florida. Now everyone’s attention is turned to the mid-Atlantic.

Hardest hit was Washington D. C. How about that. The storm hit right on the day that Congress finished up its work and went home. Now Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe from my state of Oklahoma can continue to pretend that global warming is not occurring. We have electricity in Oklahoma; what further evidence do we need that global warming is a hoax? This line of reasoning probably makes sense to Jim Inhofe.



What Do You Do When Global Warming Strikes? Kick Someoneís Bee-hind
July 3, 2012

Massive storms struck the upper midwest, all the way to the Atlantic states, on Friday, June 29, the kind of storms that used to mostly hit Oklahoma, where I live. But weather zones have moved northward, and Oklahoma now mostly experiences a Mexican style semi-desert zone. The greenhouse effect holds in solar energy, making the atmosphere not gently warmer but tempestuously hotter. Donít expect a smooth transition to spa conditions with global warming. The June 29 storms were followed by what the people in those states consider intolerably hot conditions, that is, temperatures that are normal in Oklahoma and Louisiana summers.

Utility companies are, we may suppose, working as hard as they can to restore power to the affected communities. Why? Because they need air conditioning. Iím not knocking air conditioning; Iím enjoying it, albeit frugally, right now. And I really do empathize with the storm victims. But they consider it a right. Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, commented, regarding the utility company Pepco which promised to restore power within a few days, that this simply was not good enough. "There is no one who will have his boot further up Pepco's behind...than I will," he said. So that, I guess, is how we are supposed to deal with the storms that inevitably accompany global warming. Rather than to curb carbon emissions by reducing our use and increasing our efficiency of energy use, we just wait until something happens and then get mad. Oh, and then we forget all about it. Remember? There was a big storm the previous week in Florida. Now everyoneís attention is turned to the mid-Atlantic.

Hardest hit was Washington D. C. How about that. The storm hit right on the day that Congress finished up its work and went home. Now Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe from my state of Oklahoma can continue to pretend that global warming is not occurring. We have electricity in Oklahoma; what further evidence do we need that global warming is a hoax? This line of reasoning probably makes sense to Jim Inhofe.



The Armageddon Mindset
August 21, 2012

According to a 1999 poll, which is the most recent data I could find, 40 percent of Americans believe the world will end in a battle of Armageddon. About 45 percent of these people believe that the Antichrist is on the Earth now, and that Armageddon will happen during their lifetimes. This means that 18 percent of Americans believe that there is no future to the world past the end of their lifetimes. This is a large enough segment of the population that it is politically important, especially within the Republican Party.

Two things are impossible if you really believe that the world is ending soon. First, it is impossible to take any serious action about any environmental issue. We environmentalists can explain all day long that environmental destruction, particularly global warming, will prove disastrous to people in the future-in fact, in the near future. People who believe there is no future find such concerns literally incomprehensible. They may, in principle, assert that God is the Creator and we have no right to destroy the creation, but they simply cannot convince themselves of this, no matter how hard they try.

Second, it is impossible to take any serious action about fiscal responsibility. People with the Armageddon mindset overwhelmingly want the government to spend less money. But the reason is not in order for the government to have a sustainable future-since there will be no future-but in order to not have to pay taxes. Evidence for this is that these people call for unlimited spending on defense, which just might hurry up the Armageddon that they anticipate. They talk about the future of their children-a future they believe will not exist on Earth-and may try hard to believe it, but they cannot convince themselves of this, no matter how hard they try.

The Armageddon mindset is totally incompatible with any kind of scientific thought. This website is about ecology and evolution, about the effects of evolution on humans and the relationship between humans and the global ecosystem. The Armageddon mindset cannot be touched by reason or evidence, or perhaps even by direct experience. The only thing that scientists or scientifically-minded citizens can do is to write off the Armageddon folks and not even try to talk with them. Unfortunately, they are a major political force.

What should thoughtful people do about this, if anything? You may send me your views at abutilongr@gmail.com. I hope you can enlighten me with some uplifting thoughts.


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