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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Explain This To Me Like I'm Four....

"It's a simple fourth grade science lesson: the warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold."

Global warming. It's a phrase that still conjures up mixed emotions even though it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt by scientists all around the globe. It is a fact much the same as evolution is a fact - the parallels are as plain as the sight of Lake Bourbon Street.

Science is about understanding the world around us. One of the most powerful aspects of the scientific method is its ability to predict far better than, let's say, Miss Cleo or John Edward. Because global warming is a worldwide phenomenon (as the word "global" would indicate), scientists everywhere are privy to the data and results. An article recently noted that, "...worldwide, such downpours have been increasing markedly over recent decades — exactly as predicted by scientists."

So this thing is happening that a bunch of smart folks who specialize in that particular thing said was going to happen. Do you start to listen to them? Not, apparently, if you are the president and (more importantly) an oilman with richy rich friends in the Texas and worldwide oil business whose interest you have to protect. Said Bush:

"I have said consistently that global warming is a serious problem. There's a debate over whether it's manmade or naturally caused. We ought to get beyond that debate and start implementing the technologies necessary … to be good stewards of the environment, become less dependent on foreign sources of oil…" (emphasis mine) What a huge douchebag. The douchiness of that statement refects a level of douchedom that few even strive for, let alone attain. He ignores the specialists who have nothing to gain from being correct and he sits on the fence, patiently listening to the oil companies and their "scientists" who, as far as I can see, sit in their dank labs all day doing horrific experiments on puppies and orphans.

Again the article says:

"One small group of special interest businesses leaders — those of some fossil fuel companies — have been well documented by journalist Ross Gelbspan and others to have been fighting a PR campaign for 15 years to keep the American public confused about the wide and deep scientific consensus on this." Much like the few religious fuckhats with deep pockets who keep the "debate" over creation & evolution alive and squirming around like a worm on hot pavement.

There has to be a way to pass a law that says something to the effect of "if you stand to gain in any capacity from the outcome of this debate, you are immediately disqualified from any type of investigative efforts to find out the cause and/or solution to the problem." Poof! No religious douchenozzles in the creation/evolution "debate" and no oil company Scrooge McDuck/Puppy and Orphan killers in the global warming "debate". Wouldn't that be nice?

So to repeat, "It's a simple fourth grade science lesson: the warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold." The trouble is, Bush can't grasp fourth grade science.

4 Barbaric Yawps:

At 27/6/06 10:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just think i should point out that global warming is not "proven beyond a shadow of a doubt". Science doesn't do that. If there is any sacred concept in science, it is doubt. Ubi dubium ibi libertas, and all that. Please don't try to tell me about how strong the evidence in favour of global warming is. I agree with you on that. I merely wish to note that science doesn't aim to (nor is it able to) prove that X or Y is true beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Yes, I'm being pedantic:)

At 28/6/06 9:36 am, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

Fair enough. Point taken.

At 28/6/06 10:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That said, I would like to let you know that your blog is brilliant. A skeptic and atheist who is unapologetic, abrasive, and funny. About bloody time. I'll nitpick on the minor stuff, but keep up the good work...

At 29/6/06 7:42 am, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

Thanks, brother! I appreciate the time taken to read my stuff and, as wrangy as I can be at times, I certainly appreciate being corrected when I fly off the handle...

...or just say something retarded. ;)


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