Otherwise Not Dumb Chris Doesn’t Understand Climate Change


by Chris McGinty of AccordingToWhim.com Seen Here Wearing a Smart Making Device

Just a quick drop today to say
that these tornadoes that be going on every where is dumb. This will of course
have to lead into discussion about climate change (formerly known as global
warming, but I’m guessing the global temperature started going down? maybe? so
they started calling it climate change? maybe?). The only reason I say that is
because I usually don’t have trouble finding a year by year breakdown of things
doing a Google search, but I couldn’t find a year by year breakdown of the
global temperature. Let me try again.

Yeah, I found some list of
temperature anomalies, whatever that means, but not something that says this
was the average global temperature. I realize that this just shows ignorance on
my part, but maybe this is part of the problem. We don’t know what you’re fucking
talking about. As I understand it, global warming was a bad label to begin
with, because they predicted a global drop in temperatures as the oceanic ice
melted, much the same way that ice will melt in a glass of Dr. Pepper, and even
make the glass cold temporarily, but will eventually reach room temperature
again, unless a hero like me gets in there and drinks up all the tasty Dr.
Pepper as quickly as possible.
I’m an environmentalist. I
believe in taking care of Earth. I believe we should do whatever we can to
reduce, reuse, and recycle, so that we don’t use up all of our resources. I’m
also not entirely dumb. I get things. Science was my jam in grade school. I
watch lots of videos featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson. Yet I have a comprehension
weak spot. I don’t understand the evidence of climate change, and every time I
discuss it with others, I get the distinct feeling they don’t understand it
either. It’s almost like you’re supposed to just believe it because the
scientists say so.
I see a lot of people yelling
about the lawmakers being too dumb to understand climate change, and denying
climate change, and boy are you people stupid because you don’t understand
climate change. Maybe you could try to explain it better? Just a thought.
Here’s why I say this. In the
1980s, there was talk about Styrofoam, CO2 in hairspray, and recycling paper to
save the rain forests. Over the next three decades we reduced the Styrofoam and
CO2, and increased recycling programs. It feels like the majority of people are
good with protecting the environment, so it feels like there should be great
support for the proposed protections. Let me show you how simple it is to
explain concepts.
Styrofoam doesn’t breakdown well,
and doesn’t recycle well. It may also interact badly with sea life. Got it.
CO2 in hairspray is causing the
ozone layer to deplete. Without the ozone layer we all die of radiation from
space. Got it.
No trees, no oxygen. Got it.
Electric cars will reduce oil
usage, saving oil for other needs, and it’ll be cheaper to operate vehicles in
the long term. Got it.
No, you just don’t get climate
change. Why won’t you just trust the scientists who say this is what’s going
on? Um, what?
Corporations and investors don’t
want to lose money in the short term, so they don’t want to put these measures
in place at their own expense. Got it.
It seems to me that we shouldn’t
be trying to give everybody a free college education if we’re not going to be
around to use it. It seems like we could instead use the money that would put
everybody through college to subsidize businesses to go green. This creates a
problem for the Democrats. It would be the most direct way for the US to do their
part in the global changes that those smart scientists say we need to make, but
it gets into the realm of corporate welfare, which is the only kind of welfare
that Republicans are good with.
It also creates the problem that
the left leaning are ok with raising taxes to help our culture to never have to
take jobs they don’t like, but they probably wouldn’t support paying higher
taxes to give corporations money, even if it’s to save the planet. Since that’s
where the money would have to come from, we have to cross our fingers that the
corporations will do the right thing, even though that only seems to happen
with regulation.
Here’s my short term solution.
Give us information we can easily understand about what needs to change and
why. Start with the changes that have clear long term savings for the
corporations, because they’d be fools not to. Quit saying things that make
people defensive, like suggesting that people are dumb for not blindly
believing a group of scientists about something that hasn’t really been clearly
explained to the world. You should especially pay attention to that last one.
I’m on your side here, and I don’t even really understand what you’re saying.
If I don’t understand it, how can I explain it to others?
Provided anyone reads this, I
understand that you might be tempted to get into the comments sections and call
me dumb, or blame the current problem on the shortcomings of people like me. It
won’t help. I’m being very open about the fact that I’m just as confused as
everybody else seems to be, and I’m actually for saving the environment. I want
to understand. Good links to good information would be helpful.
Chris McGinty is a blogger who would
be just fine with people just fixing the problem before he needs to understand
the problem. Is that really too much to ask?

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