Love or Hate him, millions of people listen to him. And to get an unsolicited endorsement, was not only a surprise, but it caused quite a traffic spike here yesterday.
During the last hour of his radio program yesterday, he was talking about Bernie Sanders view of climate. He said:
Anyway, Bernie Sanders, he vows to offset all carbon emissions from travel. “2020 presidential campaign plans to offset all carbon emissions from travel, it announced Thursday morning.
‘Bernie Sanders is a champion in the fight for climate justice and, like him, we know we need to address our emissions through action, not just rhetoric,’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement. ‘We are proud to lead the way in the fight against climate change by acting boldly to move our energy system away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy sources.’”
Now, we shouldn’t let them get away with this. We’re not talking about offsets here. We’re not talking about offsetting carbon emissions. We’re talking about getting rid of air travel, Bernie. If you want to show allegiance to the Green New Deal, ground your airplane! This is about the elimination of fossil fuels, not offsetting your use of them.
And Bernie has endorsed the Green New Deal. This vow has nothing to do with a policy he would impose on everybody else. This business of trying to offset — we’re going to make sure that we offset all carbon. No, Bernie. No, Bernie, you ground that airplane. You ground everything that uses fossil fuels, and you get around, if you’re gonna be true to this.
But note they never do. They never actually live the stuff that they would make you and me live. But I’m now gonna violate one of my own rules. ‘Cause I’m gonna get into some science here. I found this at Watts Up With That? It’s a cool little website. It’s a long piece, but I can synthesize this with very little time.
“The effectiveness of CO2 as a greenhouse gas becomes ever more marginal with greater concentration. According to well understood physical parameters, the effectiveness of CO2 as a greenhouse gas diminishes logarithmically with increasing concentration,” in the atmosphere.
Meaning, you reach a point where the more CO2 you put up there, the less impact that it has, or greenhouse effect that it has.
“This inconvenient fact is well understood in the climate science community. It can be accurately modeled using the Modtran program maintained and supported at the University of Chicago.”
It’s like it has been discovered that, you know, when they were tearing up the Amazon rain forest, when they were clear cutting it down there, you know, when Juan Valdez needed more space for a house instead of coffee beans, they found that there was forestation in Europe as the earth itself was compensating!
Not that we had planted any new trees. They just were marveling at how we weren’t actually losing any net vegetation, despite Juan Valdez clear cutting in the Amazon rain forest. The Folger’s coffee guy. Juan Valdez, he was out there macheting. It was a disaster.