It is a hopelessly busy week for me, so blogging is going to be light the next couple of days, on top of which the coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award should only be given out once a week, but sometimes exceptions need to be made, and like Captain Kirk’s “supplemental” log entries, this is one of those moments. Herewith a letter to the editor of the current issue of Nature magazine, presented without comment, as no comment is necessary:
We are scientists recently arrested in Canada for blockading a 125-car train carrying coal destined to release 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We joined 11 other Canadians in this act, despite the personal risks and potential negative impact on our careers.
Time is running short and our dialogues on climate change with Canada’s conservative government have been futile, which is why we undertook this extreme action. We were following the example of NASA climatologist James Hansen, who has been arrested three times in the past three years for civil disobedience in protesting against the mining of coal or development of the Canadian oil sands.
There’s more, but you get the idea. Signed, Alejandro Frid and Lynne Quarmby. Yeah, I’ve never heard of them either, or the Canadian universities where they are no doubt tenured. But Nature, a prestige journal, saw fit to publish this drivel. For this, Nature and the two earnest professors earn a special “supplemental” Green Weenie, blackboard edition.
Oh what the heck, I’ll comment anyway: Losers.