Climate Donkey

February 16, 2009

Global warming death trains due to coal plants, more James Hansen crematorium talk

Unbelievable and indefensible rhetoric.  Alas, never let a good crisis go to waste… “Rahm Emanuel”

James Hansen commentary in the Guardian

Headline and byline:

Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them

The government is expected to give the go-ahead to the coal-burning Kingsnorth power plant. Here, one of the world’s foremost climate experts launches an excoriating attack on Britain’s long love affair with the most polluting fossil fuel of all

The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death. When I testified against the proposed Kingsnorth power plant, I estimated that in its lifetime it would be responsible for the extermination of about 400 species – its proportionate contribution to the number that would be committed to extinction if carbon dioxide rose another 100 ppm.

This is not the first time that James Hansen has used utterly indefensible and downright toxic language with Holocaust connotations.

Flashback:  from Dot Earth 11/26/07

The statement came in testimony Dr. Hansen gave on Oct. 22 [2007] before the utilities board of his native state, Iowa. He pressed the case for forbidding the construction of new coal-burning power plants unless and until technologies were developed to capture and store the heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions. The full text of the testimony is at Dr. Hansen’s Columbia University home page,

“Coal will determine whether we continue to increase climate change or slow the human impact. Increased fossil fuel CO2 in the air today, compared to the pre-industrial atmosphere, is due 50% to coal, 35% to oil and 15% to gas. As oil resources peak, coal will determine future CO2 levels. Recently, after giving a high school commencement talk in my hometown, Denison, Iowa, I drove from Denison to Dunlap, where my parents are buried. For most of 20 miles there were trains parked, engine to caboose, half of the cars being filled with coal. If we cannot stop the building of more coal-fired power plants, those coal trains will be death trains – no less gruesome than if they were boxcars headed to crematoria, loaded with uncountable irreplaceable species.


Bill Clinton sees global warming ending civilization, cratering

When questioned by Ann Curry on the Today Show (Feb 16), Clinton ruminated:

BILL CLINTON: In the short run. In the medium-term, because I think we’ll come out of the economic crisis, terror and the spread of weapons of mass destruction are. In the long term, the prospect that the climate will crater and we won’t be able to preserve civilization is.

Mark Finkelstein’s blog

Perhaps Bubba is angling for his own Nobel Peace Prize by threatening the end of civilization.

February 10, 2009

PETA plans outdoor showering to save planet from global warming.

Filed under: Climate Change,Global Warming,Media and Climate — climatedonkey @ 10:16 pm

Hard to argue with PETA’s advertising methods.  Now, the question is:  what will a PETA “babe” look like showering on the sidewalk?  Perhaps the cattle industry may need to send out a few ranch hands to rein in some of their lost herd…

Baton Rouge, La. — Naked behind a banner that reads, “1 lb. of Meat Equals 6 Months of Showers,” two PETA beauties will shower together in a busy Baton Rouge location to let consumers know that the best thing they can do for the environment is to go vegetarian.

When:  Wednesday, February 11, 1 p.m.
Where: Intersection of Third and Florida streets, Baton Rouge

U.N. scientists have determined that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, SUVs, trucks, and planes in the world combined. Researchers at the University of Chicago determined that switching to a vegan diet is more effective in countering climate change than switching from a standard car to a Toyota Prius.

“It’s impossible to ‘go green’ without going vegetarian,” says PETA beauty Colleen Higgins. “Just by changing their diets, concerned people can help protect the Earth, their own health, and countless animals.”

February 9, 2009

Climate Change Derangement Syndrome (CCDS)

It is time to add to the list of psychological conditions generated by the media and furthered in an attempt to increase awareness of a liberal agenda item, talking point, or group think revelation. Previously in 2003, Charles Krauthammer, columnist and Fox News regular analyst, coined a term known as “Bush Derangment Syndrome” or BDS for short. The terminology caught on because it sounded so similar to IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a malady foisted upon television watchers during commercials, typically of the View.

Krauthammer explains, ” Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”

Unfortunately there is no cure for BDS, and in the intervening years since, and one successful reelection of Bush, hundreds if not thousands of cases of BDS infection have taken place, especially in the leftist havens of Hollywood and network television newsrooms.

Yet today, we have a new syndrome, with potential legitimate medical implications called Climate Change Derangement Syndrome.  As reported in the Boston Herald, Feb. 9, 2009:

Last year, an anxious, depressed 17-year-old boy was admitted to the psychiatric unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He was refusing to drink water. Worried about drought related to climate change, the young man was convinced that if he drank, millions of people would die. The Australian doctors wrote the case up as the first known instance of “climate change delusion.”

“Climate change could have a real impact on our psyches,” says Paul Epstein, the associate director for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.

There is evidence [media generated conjecture] that extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, cyclones, and hurricanes, can lead to emotional distress, which can [maybe, who knows] trigger such things as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, in which the body’s fear and arousal system kicks into overdrive.

Of course, no one can predict what effect warming will have on our psyches.”

Sounds like we may need to expand our hospital emergency rooms with a special wing for CCDS sufferers!  But alas, the authors of the report have found a way to stave off the potentially crippling effects of CCDS:  liberal activism…

“In the long term, we may also derive some psychological benefit from banding together with other citizens to mitigate the effects of global warming. Taking action might not only give us back a sense of our own sense of efficacy against a powerful outside force, but also help us build community and social ties that offset stress, said Epstein and other specialists.

“Getting involved can be an antidote to the depression that can come from the overwhelming realizations that we have to face . . . ,” Epstein said. “It can be empowering to realize that what you do is effective.”

Thanks Paul Epstein for the wonderful suggestions on how to deal with CCDS — get involved in liberal environmental protests.  Take action.

So, in summary, here is the newly accepted definition of Climate Change Derangement Syndrome (CCDS):

An acute distancing from reality of gullible and oftentimes undereducated patients who demonstrate an extreme sensitivity to and empathy with media generated and hyped climate change doomsday scenarios.  The patient typically parrots left-wing talking points in an attempt to justify far-reaching, fascist reorganization of global economy and society.  To assuage guilt ridden consciences about the progress and prosperity of humanity at the expense of Mother Earth, a patient may waste money on carbon credits or flush otherwise useful assets down the toilet.  The overwhelming nature of the hysterical predictions in the media cause the patient to lose all sense of logic and rationality.

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