It's a planetary emergency!

Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben joins Jennifer Granholm in Al Gore’s CURRENT TV  “The War Room” to talk about the impact that climate change will have during the president’s second term and just how much we’re affecting our planet. McKibben explains, “If 1 degree melts the Arctic, we’re in a world of hurt. This is an emergency now.”

Only one problem…..

Nobody is listening…zzzz. He’ll be lucky to get to 350 views on his own.

Now the views count of his YouTube video will be mostly from WUWT viewers. Oh the ironing!

 

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Lance Wallace

Ironing?

Edohiguma

Well, if it’s a planetary emergency, then maybe it’s time to call the whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance for Gore, McKibben and Mann?

Jimmy Haigh

Ironing takes a lot of energy. I don’t bother ironing my clothes – I put the planet first.

Lance Wallace

McKibben has a bully pulpit on New York Review of Books, where he has been tirelessly pushing his views for a couple of decades. Yesterday I put up on Tips and Notes an exchange of letters between him and Richard Muller that is amusing, particularly as Richard ridicules 350.org.

David Schofield

Ironing? turn off your auto complete! 😉

PaulH

Temperatures in the Arctic are currently 32F/0C and one more degree will melt it all? Okayyyy……

Jim Rusky

Anthony, your speech recognition software has reminded me that I have laundry to do.
“Oh the ironing!”

Ray

I’m not clicking on the video… he won’t get my view.

Stephen Wilde

Desperation.
The truth will be apparent before the conclusion of President Obama’s second term. Especially if he keeps borrowing to buy votes.
He will be more than somewhat displeased if, in the meantime, he hangs his hat on environmental climate alarmism.
There may have been a fiscally incontinent left / liberal drift since WW2 but the one advantage of democracy is that it can all be reversed when reality intrudes and those relying on state support realise that it isn’t really the government that supports them but the hitherto abused taxpayer who works hard and values self sufficiency.
A bumpy rise awaits us but truth cannot be suppressed forever and the responsible parties will be removed.
A pity, though, that so many of them will be able to retire with huge bank balances and secure pension funds.

focoloco

Dammit, I shouldn’t have clicked on the link… sorry, that’s one vote that stats will count on its favour when it really is AGAINST it. Stats, if they were true, I’d be dead many years ago from cancer, cholesterol and many other diseases…..

As I pointed out in the comments section at another article on the topic of the melting Arctic, such discussion is far more better suited for a time of the year when the Arctic is not freezing up. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4893&Itemid=189
“ …. This is an emergency now.” Umm, no. Perhaps sometime next April or May. Try getting back to us then, Bill.

Mike Bromley the Canucklehead

….and the rest of the dirty laundry…..

Not viewable from the UK 🙁

Looks like Nosferatu.

Chuck L

Anthony, by posting this on WUWT, you will at least double the views!

Richard M

Like all squirrels he is really looking for the nuts. He will find some.

Otter

Why did I immediately see him in priest’s robs, worshipping Cthulhu?

For the life of me, I can’t understand why any rational adult takes this charlatan seriously. He’s truly an embarrassment, but the gullible (and habitually lazy) “mainstream” presstitutes take him seriously. They were made for each other.
With sagging readership and audiences, the establishment media has latched onto the climate change bogeyman as a convenient way to boost their declining bottom lines.

Otter

Robes.

Am surprised it warrants posting on the site here…

mikemUK

Sadly, not this WUWT reader. Apparently the video is not available to the UK. I am devastated!
/sarc

pat

The elves in the trailer that preceded this ‘interview’ were more believable. And note that he has it every way. The interviewer virtually swooned at his brilliance in predicting a serious drought, or hurricane, or flood, or something. Sheeeesh. Obama voter for sure.

also, i managed to get it wrong about business week–the cover was in black letters, not yellow letters. and not even the makeup person could knock the shine off my forehead. you’re right, i’m not super good at this. thanks for the critique

RockyRoad

Never take advice from an idiot.
Never!
(Oh the ironing!)? Ok–I can see that–hot press, ice melts, we all die. *Snort*.

DJ

Why don’t we just have the submarine Seaview fix it? If Richard Branson would just call Admiral Nelson and have him shoot a nuke at the Van Allen belt, we could control the climate!
Assemble a team of crack scientists like Gore, Hansen, Mann, …and what’s the guy’s name with the accordion??
What do we have to do, draw ’em a picture? Hey Josh…!?!

J Martin

Raving religion.

Bloke down the pub

Otter says:
November 10, 2012 at 8:52 am
Why did I immediately see him in priest’s robs, worshipping Cthulhu?
I was thinking more like Vorbis worshipping the great God Om.

Chuck

I wonder how much further you can escalate the language beyond “emergency?” How much time do they spend figuring out a way to make it sound more dire than the last time? Will the day ever come that they run out of adjectives and they just give up?

well all and all bill you are nuts it’s -18 in central Alberta this morn and friends working up north have been in the -20 all month so really ? melting melting MELTING !!!! really you need help.

Wow -18 c in central Alberta this morning friend’s working up north where it has been no warmer then – 20 c for about 2 month’s and the ice is melting ? You are a full of B.S. Get out of you office and go look for yourself and after you come back out of the cold try again. ;>)

Kaboom

That piece could be used to explain to foreign language students how the term “boob tube” came into existence to describe the television.

Matt G

Since the 1960’s Arctic temperatures have risen 4c, yet we still have plenty of it around the minimum in early Autumn.
http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/7617/arctictempstrend.png
Note – Since the 1930’s Arctic temperatures declined 4c until the 1960’s.
Meanwhile Arctic temperatures are far below freezing expected at this time of year, so what ever happens during the summer will freeze always later. (even a ice free Arctic)
http://www.uni-koeln.de/math-nat-fak/geomet/meteo/winfos/arcisoTTPPWW.gif

For those, like me, in the U.K. it can be viewed here:
http://current.com/shows/the-war-room/videos/bill-mckibben-on-climate-change-its-a-planetary-emergency
Keep a sick bag handy for when you view it. Jennifer Granholm’s brown-nosing is truly nauseating.

u.k.(us)

I seem to have lost my iron, probably just as well, as it only adds to the heat.

Caleb

RE: Stephen Wilde says:
November 10, 2012 at 8:27 am
“…..A pity, though, that so many of them will be able to retire with huge bank balances and secure pension funds.”
That’s where their thought process goes, however what they fail to consider is what hyper-inflation will do to huge bank balances. The melt-down that hit Zimbabwe and resulted in billion-dollar bills can, in theory, become a world-wide phenomenom. Of course, governments will use the mess they have created as an excuse to dictate wage and price controls, however that tends to generate riots and revolutions. There is no such thing as a secure pension when the world is in chaos.
Hold onto your hats, boys. We are in for one heck of a ride.

Gail Combs

lorne50 says:
November 10, 2012 at 9:59 am
well all and all bill you are nuts it’s -18 in central Alberta this morn and friends working up north have been in the -20 all month so really ? melting melting MELTING !!!! really you need help.
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Yeah I am in the “warm” southeast (mid NC) and freezing! (28F for the last two mornings) I had to scrape the ice off the windshield in bloody OCTOBER! Normally the lows are around 42F this time of year.
It is a tad hard to sell the Arctic is melting when you are scraping ice in the mid-atlantic state of North Carolina. We would have broken several low temp records the last couple of weeks if the raw data I saw in the morning was used instead of the adjusted up by 3F final figure.
On and it is REAL hard to believe that adjustment, saying the temperature is ABOVE freezing, is correct when my waterbuckets are iced over.

Amr Marzouk

It was ironing that lead to the Mayan empires downfall.

I think I have explained before that Bill McKibben and his 350.org are affiliated with the New Economics Institute, formerly known as the Schumacher Society as in Small is Beautiful. For those of you wanting to appreciate what kind of economy we are talking about to go with these erased from facts temp models, here is a sample from one of NEI’s directors, Neva Goodwin.
http://neweconomicsinstitute.org/content/new-economics-21st-century
NEI’s affiliate in the UK, the new economics foundation, is heavily involved with helping to achieve the Club of Rome’s vision for a rather oligarchical future based on Green Energy.
Mostly it is a case of cha-ching at our expense to political insiders. Globally.

“Sceptic Tank (@sceptic_tank) says:
November 10, 2012 at 8:35 am
Not viewable from the UK :-(”
Nor Ireland… 🙁

Werner Brozek

If 1 degree melts the Arctic, we’re in a world of hurt.
Obviously all kinds of assumptions need to be made to calculate exactly how much ice will melt for a rise of 1 degree in air temperature, not the least of which is whether he was talking C or F. In addition, the wind and rate of ice melt need to be considered. I have done some rough calculations assuming we are using degrees C and that the density of air stays the same for 10 km. I asked myself how much ice will melt if we take a square meter of ice at 0 C and if the temperature of the air were to decrease by 1 degree C for a column of air 10 km high.
The heat in this much air is mct, so for 1 C, we get 1.29 kg/m3 x 1 m x 1 m x 10,000 m x 1.006 kJ/kgC x 1 C = 13,000 kJ.
The heat of fusion of ice is 334 kJ/kg, so 13,000 kJ would melt 39 kg of ice. With the density of ice being 920 kg/m3, that means 39 kg/920 kg/m3 = 0.042 m3 of ice will melt. So starting with our 1.00 m2 area of ice, 0.042 m or 4.2 cm would melt and thereby lower the air temperature by 1 C for 10 km above it.

boney

Well at least one of the views was mine…..

stephen richards

Chuck says:
November 10, 2012 at 9:57 am
I wonder how much further you can escalate the language beyond “emergency?” How much time do they spend figuring out a way to make it sound more dire than the last time? Will the day ever come that they run out of adjectives and they just give up?
Just wait for AR5 and we will see just how far they can go. !!!

Henry

He says, “This is the warmest year in American history, almost for sure….”
Almost, for sure?? What the heck is that?
These guys are so obviously jumping for every little blip on the weather screen to help their ’cause’ that it is plain to even the most causual observer that they are getting desperate,
Very sad indeed!

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

What will it be like when McKibben completely loses it?
Officer: Mr. McKibben, we need you to…
McKibben: No! Penn State awarded me a degree when I received the Michael E. Mann Award for Excellence in Climatological Communication. It’s Doctor McKibben!
O: Okay, Dr. McKibben. We need you to put that down now…
McK: No! They are using wasteful incandescent lighting! Either they install LED’s or the polar bear cub gets it!
O: Why would you want to hurt…
McK: Climate change will condemn all the polar bears to a miserable death from starvation once they lose their habitat. I’ll be doing this one a favor by making it quick!
O: Dr. McKibben, just put it back on the shelf and leave the toy store.
McK: No! The crisis is too great! The fate of the planet rests on my shoulders!
O: Look, you don’t even have a real weapon. You said you’ll let loose some gas.
McK: Yes! I have methane, twenty five times deadlier than carbon dioxide! Once I release it, the entire climate system will irrevocably tip over into runaway warming. Everyone will perish from the unimaginably horrific weather extremes to come! Do not test me, I am the instructor! I am serious!
O: Okay, Dr. McKibben, you win. I’m sending someone to find some small LED light bulbs for that display. Meanwhile I need you to first put the cub back on the shelf, then slowly hand me the bean burrito.

“Oh the ironing!” Ha ha ha ha ha ha love it!

If America were a foreign country, we’d level ourselves.

Mooloo

There may have been a fiscally incontinent left / liberal drift since WW2
Deficits tend to rise under Republicans, and drop under Democrats. Reagan and Bush Junior blew them out, but Clinton reduced them.
There has been both a drift to the left and towards unwise deficits, but they aren’t remotely linked.

Russ R.

I feel the need to remind some readers here that it’s never okay to make fun of people for the way they look.
Certainly laugh at them for what they say and do (or in certain instances, what they choose to wear), but ridiculing their physical appearance only makes you (and by extension, the rest of us) appear juvenile.

P Wilson

Send in Darth Vader! Send in the Daleks! send for Star Trek Enterprise! Planetary emergency!
Actually, sarcasm aside, there’s a great science fiction movie in the making there somewhere

This makes you wonder planet McKitten is from, with his melting Arctic scenario.
Checking the data from Summitt Camp, Central Greenland gives the present outside temperature of minus 52deg C, or minus 62 deg F, ,
Which I suppose proves to him, the new meme of “Cooling is the new Warming”.