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Everything posted by ReeferMadness

  1. Western European countries don't deserve to be lumped in with laggards like Australia and Canada.
  2. Tragically, people who are dumb enough to believe nonsense like this are allowed to cast a vote that is counted with the same weight of that of a normal sentient adult human.
  3. Twitter won't auto-ban Nazis because the AI can't reliably distinguish between them and Republican politicians. I wish I were making this up.
  4. "One would assume" incorrectly. The NDP's record on the environment is not much different from that of other parties.
  5. Here's a comment that hasn't aged well. Yesterday, Trump said on TV he'd never heard of a category 5 hurricane, a claim he has made 3 times during previous category 5 hurricanes. Today, he congratulated Poland on the 80th anniversary of it being overrun by Nazi Germany. Can he make a more idiotic comment tomorrow? It's impossible to say anymore.
  6. Americans, you should feel very comfortable with this guy in charge. He sounds so... competent. Trump has repeatedly said over the years he's never heard of a Category 5 hurricane.
  7. Anyone who thinks Bernie is a socialist should try and get a refund on their education. Same goes for anyone who thinks a socialist and a fascist or remotely similar concepts. It seems even here Trumpism has managed to dumb down the discourse. You're one step away from making your arguments using fart noises.
  8. Nice. I see that MLW is following Trump by descending into racist, delusional conspiracy mongering. Well, done.
  9. This statement is simply idiotic. AOC never said that and people who claim she did have zero credibility. Get your facts straight or stay out of the debate. The 12 year timeframe has been repeated in dozens of news stories such as this one which is quoting an IPCC report that says:
  10. Yes, but I hopefully we get a clue quickly. A Harvard study has shown that levels over 1000 ppm lower certain types of cognitive abilities - the very ones that we'll need to deal with climate change!
  11. Every time you get involved in a discussion, it culminates in the logical equivalent of you chanting U-S-A!! Find a new schtick so I don't have to block you.
  12. I think Dunning and Kruger might have been reading the nonsense you write when they had their insights.
  13. Well. We're all gonna die then. Let's just give up. Good thing you're not one of those "alarmists".
  14. It is pretty simple. The most difficult part is getting people to stop denying the change and looking for excuses why it shouldn't affect them. Stanford University Mark Jacobson has done research that finds: Stop obsessing over the problems and look for solutions.
  15. Sigh. Another example of the Kruger-Dunning effect. Do some research and post again.
  16. Europe has much higher gas prices. The last I checked, they hadn't degenerated to abject poverty. In Norway, over half of new vehicles sold are EVs. Maybe Norway is a total hellhole. Or maybe they're just smarter than we are. Maybe they've figured out that the higher one time costs of EV's is offset by much lower operating costs. What I'm advocating for is that people living today don't have the right to f*ck up the planet for people who are going to live 50 years from now. Regardless of whether it raises their cost of living. Do you have a problem with that? It's ironic that right wingers refer to people who listen to climate scientists as "climate alarmists" and then light their hair on fire at the thought of making changes that will improve everyone's life. Just a few years ago, there was a guy on here who insisted that using renewable energy would send us back to the stone age. Who are the real alarmists?
  17. Well, nobody suggested ceasing oil sands production right now but if it did, it would have a significant effect on CO2 reduction. Prices would spike and people would use less oil. It would take years to replace that production. Meanwhile, with every spike and gyration in the price of gasoline, more and more people are opting out by buying electric vehicles. People whine incessantly about the price of gasoline and then run out and buy the biggest fuel waster they can find. The problem isn't that gasoline is to expensive; it's that it has been way too cheap for way too long.
  18. It is part of human nature. Like any other flaw in human nature, humans with intelligence and self-awareness can recognize and compensate for it. I see a lot of statements that indicate that people are quite unaware of this tendency.
  19. I think that warming will continue for 50-100 years after the GHGs in the atmosphere stop increasing. I think that the more we change the climate, the greater the odds that we will trigger massive releases of CO2 or CH4 from permafrost, from the soil, from oceans or from forests that dry up and burn off. The massive amounts of stored carbon would dwarf our emission cuts and could result in runaway climate change. I think nobody can really predict how bad it's going to get but that scientists are in the best position to guess. So maybe we should start paying attention to them. Most of all, I think I'm worried about the Dunning-Kruger effect and how it it has prevented any effective measures on climate change to date.
  20. Then maybe you need to start paying attention. It is impossible to ascribe any one event to climate change but it is possible to consider the range of events and calculate the odds of it happening without climate change. This has been done and the odds against it are astronomical.
  21. And drugs? Good drugs? I'll bet all those scientists who wasted their time on degrees and research are gonna feel pretty silly when they realize that all they need is logic and reason.
  22. That's never stopped right wingers before. In fact, they probably view it as a plus.
  23. and you've come to this happy conclusion.... how?
  24. The idea that Canada is going to be some sort of "beneficiary" of climate change is a stupid and dangerous notion. As is the idea that the worst that will come of climate change is a "disaster relief" effort. Here is a short (and partial) list of what's potentially in store for us if we don't deal with climate change: Reduction/loss of the pacific rain forest Reduction/loss of boreal forests from drought and fires Decline/collapse of pacific salmon stocks Flooding of portions of our coastal cities (notably Vancouver) Loss of farm productivity due to drought and flooding Increase in precipitation extremes leading to periods of drought and flooding Increase in duration and intensity of heat waves I'm assuming you believe we will benefit due to warming of the arctic but I'm not clear what benefits you anticipate. It's not like the arctic consists of millions of acres of prime farmland buried under snow and ice. The most dangerously stupid idea is that Canada can somehow sit back and enjoy climate change while the rest of the world suffers. While we are in a fortunate position compared to say, Bangladesh, we now live in a global village and global problems make themselves felt everywhere. Again a short list of possible effects that will make themselves felt here: Effects on the global economy If there are global food shortages, it will be felt everywhere When effects start to become severe elsewhere, the inevitable effect is mass migration. And the effect of mass migration is a rise of racism and racial tensions in the world, Canada included. So look forward to white supremacy as being one of the effects of climate change. Southeast Asia has about half the world's population and 4 densely populated, nuclear armed countries who don't like each other very much. There are already strains in the relationships due to lack of water. What do you think is going to happen when glaciers start to disappear?
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