Everyone everywhere is totally stoked for the Copenhagen climate change summit. This bad boy is gonna draw 15,000 delegates and officials, 5,000 journalists and 98 world leaders — a pretty impressive testament to the size and scope of the problem and the future of the planet. Plus, against the backdrop of the so-called “Climategate” (or as we like to call it, Climategheyt), we figured the crazies would be out in droves. In other words, everyone would be happy! Some people get to talk about real issues, while others get to rant and rave that science is for pussies, Poindexter!
Today we were not let down as the “debate” officially began.
What will almost certainly be a treasure trove of nonsense by the end of the summit began today, the opening shot fired by the UK’s Telegraph, which ran this Drudge-ready headline:
“Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges”
We struggled for a few minutes to come up with an adequate response to the infantile insinuation that because the leaders are using cars and planes to get to Copenhagen (instead of walking?) they actually don’t care about climate change, but someone at Fark summed it up better than we could:
The Telegraph’s argument is retarded, and the fact that something like that is even used as an attack shows how flimsy the doubters’ argument is. What do summit attendees’ means of transportation and what they eat have to do with anything? Anything at all?
From the article:
On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen’s biggest limousine company, says her firm has twelve vehicles on the road. During the “summit to save the world”, which opens here tomorrow, she will have 200.
“We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention,” she says. “But it seems that somebody last week looked at the weather report.”
First of all, what does the fact that someone needs a car in a foreign city have to do with that person’s views on the environment? Believing in the scientific fact of climate change doesn’t allow one to walk faster or farther or across the ocean. Secondly, according to their own quote — one from someone at a limo company — it seems the cars weren’t even that in demand until the weather forecast became treacherous.
Not surprisingly, Drudge ran with the story, too, putting his own twist on the headline:
“Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes…”
Just kidding; he used the same headline. The thing, though, is that this whole denying-climate-change silliness has become a bit of a crusade for Drudge — along with boning a bunch of dudes, of course. Almost every day, his sites boasts a link like:
“Major winter storm to wallop central USA”
“Houston earliest snowfall — ever”
What bozos like Matt Drudge — or any other person who hears the words “global warming” and thinks that any instance of colder-than-usual temperatures debunks the years of science — have trouble understanding is that the issue is CLIMATE CHANGE. It means stronger than usual storms, changing tides, rising sea levels and other wild things.
It’s climate change, everyone; not global warming. It’s the reason it was 60 degrees in December in New York City, and it’s the reason for — wait for it — the earliest snowfall on record in Houston.
Oh, it’s also the reason the Maldives will probably end up completely underwater in the not-too-distant future, and why their president is looking for another place to relocate the island country’s entire population.
Is that real enough, or does it still matter that one scientist at one point used the word “trick” instead of something like “that thing that makes crunching complicated numbers easier”?