Here’s a 4th of July message from Joe Bastardi of WeatherBell regarding this idiotic piece in the NYT. Click the image at left for the story. He’ll be on Fox News tomorrow morning to talk more about it.
Then there’s the always dependably irrational Brad Johnson of ThinkProgress.org (you know, the guy that shamelessly and without anything other than his own irrational thought processes blamed tornadoes on “climate pollution deniers -voting states who challenged climate legislation) who writes:
Firework shows from Texas to Massachusetts have been canceled because of the deadly climate conditions…
Oh noes! Deadly climate conditions. Lock your doors, bar your windows, don’t let your children look at the sky! Yeah, I guess Brad has never heard colloquialism “hot as a firecracker on the Fourth of July”. Of course what is missing is historical context. How many Forth of July fireworks displays were canceled in 1934 during the drought, or 1988 during the California drought? Or has the trend in fireworks cancellation been accelerating (cuz it’s the trend that is important you know) with CO2 increase? But I digress, they aren’t interested in anything but the politically expedient moment.
Here’s one for Brad:
Climate doesn’t kill people, weather does.
But enough of the defective thinking over at TP.
Joe writes via email:
I will be on Fox and Friends tomorrow morning (6:52AM ET) to debunk the notion that outdoor grilling is a cause of global warming.
First of all, mans yearly contribution to the atmosphere of CO2 results in an increase the size of a hair on a 1km bridge. If we take the whole atmosphere, ocean system together, and realize most of the energy is in the oceans anyway, the amount man contributes is so small, its probably the width of a hair on a trip to a galaxy light years away. In addition CO2 is loved by plants, so I have a new motto for the fourth, Grill a steak, Help a Tree!!!!
But there is something more behind this. Not only is this another foolish global warming idea, but it’s an attack on a cherished 4th of July American ritual (summer too) and an American tradition that lasts into other season (tailgating) but its targeting meat eaters too. And when one looks at that, one sees why this should be interesting tomorrow morning since I am supposed to be on a set where we are grilling up some meat and I am going to make darn sure the adage bulk up or leave town is applied. I will bulk up, then leave town.
Now if you want to eat something different, be my guest. I am not going to stop you. But if you want to help green the planet, there is probably some tree out there that would take the greenhouse gasses that your grilling is adding and use them for its own purpose… so go on you red blooded American.
Grill that steak and help that Tree. Its the patriotic thing to do.
ciao for now