Perhaps you recall the Nobel Peace Prize being given as a group award a few years back to Al Gore and the 1,200 scientists who contributed to the IPCC climate change report (though, strangely, I know several people who were part of the IPCC process and whose names are in the report, but who never saw any of the Nobel cash—seems Al Gore and the IPCC top bureaucrats kept it all, surprise, surprise). Well, this week we are compelled to emulate the Nobel committee and give out Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award to . . . just about everybody in sight.
The only people who had a bigger meltdown than Chris Matthews last week were environmentalists everywhere who were shocked and appalled that the subject of climate change came up . . . not at all during the Republican convention. Hmmm, maybe Republican leaders have figured out what environmentalists haven’t—namely, that no one cares about this issue any more.
The New York Times huffs that the Republican platform has the gall to oppose the UN’s goofy Agenda 21, while the greenies at Grist.org are in a huff about the entire energy/environment section of the platform (They said what?—is Grist’s headline).
Worse, Romney treats climate change like a punchline! But rising sea levels are not funny, whines Steve Benen on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC blog, which is pretty funny in itself if you think about it. The New Republic‘s Tim Noah is aghast at Romney’s climate “nihilism.” Who knew environmentalists would come to replace feminists as the punch line in the old light bulb joke. (How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb? “That’s not funny!” Move over feminists—you’ve got company.)
Guardian columnist George Monbiot is clearly off his meds again, with his column the other day entitled “The Day The World Went Mad“: “Yesterday was August 28th 2012. Remember that date. It marks the day when the world went raving mad.” The ice caps are melting, and a hurricane just missed the Republican convention! “The Republican party’s leading lights either deny climate change altogether, or argue that people can adapt to whatever a changed climate may bring, so there’s nothing to worry about.”
The New York Times moans “What Will It Take” to get the United State to, you know, “wake up” on climate change? Thank God the League of Democratic Conservation Voters have stepped up with a petition drive: “So what will it take to start a debate on climate change and government efforts to address it? The League of Conservation voters has started a petition drive calling on PBS’s Jim Lehrer, the moderator of the first presidential debate, to force the candidates to answer questions about climate change.” That’s sure to do the trick.
My guess is that climate change will hardly come up at all from the podium at the Democratic National Convention this week. Perhaps I’ll have to get a second intern to run a clicker for mentions of the issue. The greens, being the cheap dates of the Democratic Party, will be bought off cheaply enough with lots of language in the platform.
Fortunately, we only have to put up with this drivel for another few months. Steven Goddard of the Real Science website reminds us that NASA’s James Hansen said back in January 2009 that President Obama only had four years to save the planet from global warming. So even if Obama is re-elected, I’m glad that we can look forward to Hansen and his like shutting up, since time will be up. . . What’s that? You mean I won’t be able to retire the Green Weenie?