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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Sensible Shade of Red

Alexander Cockburn might, under ordinary circumstances, be the sort of crypto-communist who I'd like to have exiled to an Alaskan work-camp but even a stopped clock can be right once a day.

Cockburn joins the long list of people who've said perfectly sensible things about the hysteria over Climate Change and resultantly been subjected to a level of abuse ordinarily encountered only by someone wearing a yarmulke in Mecca.

Here in the West, the so-called ‘war on global warming’ is reminiscent of medieval madness. You can now buy Indulgences to offset your carbon guilt. If you fly, you give an extra 10 quid to British Airways; BA hands it on to some non-profit carbon-offsetting company which sticks the money in its pocket and goes off for lunch. This kind of behaviour is demented.

Of course, other people have said this all the time - but it's refreshing to hear an out-and-out red say it.  At least the whole world hasn't gone crazy.

Since I started writing essays challenging the global warming consensus, and seeking to put forward critical alternative arguments, I have felt almost witch-hunted. There has been an hysterical reaction. One individual, who was once on the board of the Sierra Club, has suggested I should be criminally prosecuted.

Indeed, if he could step back a step further, he might observe that this sort of derangement is a central part of the modern left.  Indeed, that the basic character of a good portion of his side is totalitarian at heart.

Just for the record - and in the interest of averting comments about my first comment in relation to my remarks about the left, my opening remark was a joke.  Cockburn's niece is way to hot for me to wish him any specific harm.

Posted by Adam T. Yoshida on January 30, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Twice a day, actually - and you're right about Olivia Wilde.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-01-30 1:02:52 PM

The true deniers seem to be on the Kyoto side of the fence. CNN is turning out to be the biggest denier of all. I posted a comment on the Cafferty file segment about Al Gore's chances of winning the Dem. nomination. It was polite, non abusive, and pointed out that he couldn't risk the spotlight of the position to reveal his true motives for pushing the Kyoto movement. There were dozens of poor grammar redneck responses, but mine was edited from the list. It seems CNN is not interested in any view opposing their best news story in decades. This issue scares more people than any war, terrorist attack, or economic condition. It touches everyone, everywhere.

Posted by: dp | 2008-01-30 1:28:11 PM

Matthew - re: clocks - yeah, that's why one shouldn't write too much after communting through the snow all day.

Posted by: Adam Yoshida | 2008-01-30 6:48:35 PM

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