A Closer Look

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19 responses to “A Closer Look

  1. Sorry, no. This isn’t even close to funny.

    The bit about Ivanka is especially depressing because it is perfectly clear that her line to her father is, “Psst, Dad, there’s a way we can turn a few bucks on this climate thing. “

  2. They interviewed a clown called Anthony Scaramucci who claimed it was 100% scientific belief that the earth was flat at one time. He is repeating the “myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the Earth is flat”, and building up his own enhanced version of that myth by saying it was scientists.

    It’s compulsively ignorant clowns like Scaramucci who will be part of the US government.

    • Unfortunately Chris this is just the kind of comment that the uninformed public finds compelling. The ignorance on even the basic facts of climate change is quite high in the US even among those who accept the science.
      Deniers think “Al gore” and “It’s cold in winter” are valid talking points against climate scientist’s research and data from the last 40 or more years.

    • No real surprise that belief in flat-earthism is on the rise

  3. “When I’m president, there’ll be so much climate change, you may even get tired of climate change. And you’re going to say, Mr President, it’s too much climate change, we can’t take it any more. And I’ll say no, we have to have more”

  4. Any failure to address climate change will be in his presidential legacy –FOREVER. And, things like sea level rise will affect his family more than mine.

    Mother Nature does not post here, but she always has the last word.

  5. Your country is in such a sorry state. You are making the rest of us ( who are slacking badly) look good.

    One ray of hope is that the awfulness may be galvanising to normal, sensible, people who know something needs to be done but may not have been talking about it much, or actually doing much themselves (leaving it to government). People can now see that they really are going have to get off their butts and do something themselves, or at least agitate, as govt is clearly useless/crippled.

    I liked the way the interviewer in the clip wasn’t letting Scaramucci get away with nonsense about ‘there being scientists on both sides’. That’s a big improvement over the media a few years back. More of that please.

    • People can now see that they really are going have to get off their butts and do something themselves, or at least agitate, as govt is clearly useless/crippled.

      And the government is useless/crippled because that’s the government that a lot of people (at least somewhere near half of them) voted for. I won’t hold my breath waiting for the people who voted for the present government to get off their butts and do something themselves.

      • 20% of them, quite a bit less than half. Less than a third of eligible voters. So part of the story is that there are more people comfortable with racism, sexism, religious bigotry, fraud, and wanting to fuck your own 13-year-old daughter than the majority of (white) Americans thought was possible. But equally damaging to our (now terribly frail-appearing) democracy was the even larger group of people who didn’t bother to vote.

      • the even larger group of people who didn’t bother to vote

        I won’t be holding my breath waiting for those people to get off their butts and do something themselves either.

        By the way, I have a principle where those who don’t vote are effectively voting for the winner. They are effectively presented with the result from those who did vote and giving it a big tick.

      • “I won’t hold my breath waiting for the people who voted for the present government to get off their butts and do something themselves.”

        They aren’t the ones currently being “galvanized”.

      • So the question is if only one third of the population at most is “galvanized” and the other two thirds do SFA then what will the outcome be?

      • If it really were SFA, then the one-third would presumably have a lot of effect. But in reality, of course, it won’t be that simple. But I do expect a fair bit of Congressional-Administration infighting, and a fair bit of disillusionment on the part of many Trump voters. As usual, “we shall see.” Prediction is hard, especially where the future is concerned.

      • “the one-third would presumably have a lot of effect”

        In the extremely unlikely event* that the one third reduce the Carbon emissions they are responsible for to zero in the near future, that still leaves two thirds of Carbon emissions remaining.

        * An event like this would put Pollyanna to shame.

      • It’s not about individual mitigation primarily; it’s about vigorous and effective political action.

      • “it’s about vigorous and effective political action”

        So how’s that working out in the US?

  6. David B. Benson

    Merry Christmas, anyway.

  7. Merry Xmas Tamino and thanks for all your tireless work!

    Long time lurker and admirer.