Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The Gray After Tomorrow
I'll make this quick.
Two things happened today which relate to global climate change; both prove that the world is indeed getting hotter.
First, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change approved the latest in a series of reports on the issue -- this one concluding that the world will begin to face serious consequences with its food and water supply, along with the usual dire weather events, should nations fail to adapt in ways that will help alleviate the overall output of greenhouse gases.
The IPCC is made up of 2,500 of the world's best scientists.
Second, Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University added his own special brand of hot air to the atmosphere by once again claiming that global warming is hokum and that Al Gore in particular is nothing more than a "gross alarmist." Speaking at this year's National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans (I'll give you a second to let the irony, literally, sink in), Gray said about Gore:
"He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things. I think he's doing the world a great disservice and he doesn't know what he's talking about."
Chances are you're wondering just what qualifications Dr. Gray himself has to stand so defiantly and confidently against the collective opinion of the world's leading environmental experts, and so combatively against the man who brought much of that opinion to the masses.
Well, Dr. William Gray is considered America's most reliable Hurricane Forecaster.
And he most certainly is -- but there's one very big catch.
(Deus Ex Malcontent: Gray's Autonomy -- 8.8.06)
Needless to say, the 77-year-old Dr. Gray is the kind of antagonistic curmudgeon that dangerous idiots like Republican Senator James Inhofe latch onto like a life preserver when they claim that global warming is a hoax. (Inhofe himself has personally stated that the earth's environment could never go belly-up because Jesus simply wouldn't do that to his beloved children. I wish I were fucking kidding about this.) Once you read the link above though, you'll understand why having a guy like Dr. Gray in your corner during this fight is -- if you'll allow me to extend the analogy -- like criticizing someone's boxing technique and turning to Danny Bonaduce to back up your assessment.