Excellent News From Earth Day

Much to my surprise, another reprieve for the planet was announced at Earth Day. They gave us 15 more years to solve the carbon pollution problem. This surprised me, because I thought we had already run out of climate reprieves – going back to at least 1939.

The event was a bust. Far fewer people showed up than what they prepared for.

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I was also surprised to hear that the planet was falling apart, as I rode up from Mt Vernon, and was thinking that the planet appeared perfect.


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24 Responses to Excellent News From Earth Day

  1. gator69 says:

    Can I assume that is not pixie dust I see at the base of the Washington Monument?

    That is certainly one beautiful ride. I must admit that the DC area has awesome trails and scenery, and for a history buff it is a goldmine. Mt Vernon should be on every real American’s bucket list, but I can only deal with DC as a tourist. I hate traffic and congestion almost as much as the Progressive agenda.

    BTW – I see you are driving a hybrid now. 😉

    • I use a hybrid out here because the trails generally are rough and very hilly. Though it would have been nice to had my road bike on the Mt. Vernon trail.

      • rah says:

        you need to educate Bill Maher. If that is possible! I know it probably isn’t but it might be fun to try.

      • gator69 says:

        My only bike is a hybrid, the trails around here go from glass smoothe to dirt, then gravel, back to paved and then broken pavement from tree roots. That same trail follows what has been called one of America’s top ten most scenic drives, and tourists who bring their lightweight street bikes will often opt for the very narrow shoulder of the road instead, which is extremely stupid.

        On weekends that road is filled with rubberneckers checking out the scenery, some having visited our many local wineries, and they are not looking for bicyclists, who have their own trail 15 feet to the left. I am surprised there are not more fatalities.

        BTW – Nice bike!

  2. Streetcred says:

    How embarrassing for the econuts … and in their heartland too boot !

  3. darrylb says:

    One time about six years ago, I was walking through a school and saw an earth day poster on the
    wall. It pictured a polar bear climbing a pole on a small iceberg, as if it might drown.

    Seeing that poster was one of several stimulus’ to get me into the investigation of climate science mode. I hate deliberate misinformation. I know polar bears can swim for hundreds of miles and tagged bears have been known to swim over a hundred miles with a cub on their back.

    I have watched a short clip of a bear swimming under an iceberg to surprise a seal on the other side. Polar bears do not drown!!!

    • Here is the problem, Darryl. They don’t drown but they starve to death. Before global warming melted the ice and opened never before existing water escape routes, hungry old polar bears were fine and well fed. They could outrun polar bear cubs on ice and kill them. Now these old polar bears can’t catch the other family’s cubs because they escape to open water and they are faster swimmers. We have upset the natural order and the majestic old bears are going to die because they can’t have the yearling cubs for breakfast.

      Younger polar bears and their mothers can outswim old bears chasing them

      The old male polar bear was not fast enough to catch the family and kill them

      See the whole story here:

      • nigelf says:

        So you think it’s better for an old male who’s going to die of old age anyway, to be able to commit cannibalism and take out a young member of the group who could live for decades?
        Are you trying to be serious?

        • rah says:

          Hey they’re Polar Bears. That’s what they do! Just like when a male Lion fights and wins to become leader of a pride. He kills the cubs from the former male. But he doesn’t even eat them generally.

          It is what it is and assigning human emotions or trying to elicit them because of such behavior is just silly. That is unless your trying to sway the opinions of those that don’t think but emote.

        • darrylb says:

          The population today is about five times what it was 50 years ago, the population then was down to about 5,000 due to over hunting.
          Now, they have become a nuisance in some areas.

          Colorado, very interesting story with some terrific pictures, thanks.

        • Nigel, here is the rest of the story:

          The polar bear Darryl saw at his school climbing a pole was the hungry old male. He was not trying to save himself from drowning. He was embarrassed about not catching those cubs and really pissed about the one that was rubbing it in:

          From the pole he noticed for the first time the sightseeing tourists on the Russian icebreaker. They were cheering and laughing. Some children were yelling at him, “Can’t catch me, can’t catch me!” and he started shaking with rage. He didn’t like people; he ate a Greenpeace activist when he was younger. Then he looked across the ice floes and saw something much worse. The three bears were snacking on a fat seal he killed in the morning and saved for later. He lost it. He slipped down the pole and started sobbing. After a while he fell asleep and dreamed about being young again and eating that smelly man.

          That night the mother with her two cubs came back and killed him. The three bears gorged themselves before falling asleep by the carcass. When the cubs woke up in the morning, their mother was snoring and there was nothing left of the mean old bear. The birds were cleaning up remaining tiny bits. The cubs laughed but their mother turned and growled at them angrily so they left to play in nearby water.

          I’m sorry I didn’t tell the whole story last night. I was so upset about our collective guilt I fell asleep and dreamed about being young again.

  4. Perfect planet, current infestation of socialist greenies and climate modellers notwithstanding.

  5. Eric Simpson says:

    the planet appeared perfect
    Yup. The planet is fine. There’s nothing wrong with the planet.
    The planet is not “slowly dying.”
    I heard this song that I kind of liked and you know how sometimes you don’t quite hear the lyrics completely, and it took me a bit to realize she was singing “our world is slowly dying.” And: “when seas will cover lands.” It’s amazing that how many people believe this baloney, still I kind of liked the song:

    • AndyG55 says:

      As the great Fats Waller once sang.. “its the tune that counts”.

      And “you got to have rhythm”….. no. that was someone else., I think.

      Ellison?.. someone help me out here. ! 🙂

  6. AndyG55 says:

    A bit OT, but ..

    Paul has an excellent pair of photos comparing Rhone Glacier in 1950 to 2009.


  7. ralphcramdo says:

    The “tipping point” seems to be where ever it’s most convenient. Isn’t 15 years when China is SUPPOSED to cut back on CO2?

  8. smamarver says:

    No offence, but CO2 emissions seems to be a “fashion” subject for many years. There have been many debates on this issue and I’m sure that there will be more. We all talk about reducing carbon emissions, but we just started to invest in this field and try to develop technologies. Still, I think that many people do not see the main issue here. The climate is more affected by the oceans and not by carbon emissions in the atmosphere. It would be better if we could study the influence of oceans on climate change. I’ve found some of the most interesting analysis on this topic on http://www.seaclimate.com.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Earth has been near CO2 starvation for plants for millions of years because the plants and the oceans took CO2 out of the atmosphere and sequestered it as rock (Coal, limestone….)

      Carbon starvation in glacial trees recovered from the La Brea tar pits, southern California.

      The royal Society: Carbon dioxide starvation, the development of C4 ecosystems, and mammalian evolution.

      The decline of atmospheric carbon dioxide over the last 65 million years (Ma) resulted in the ‘carbon dioxide–starvation’ of terrestrial ecosystems and led to the widespread distribution of C4 plants, which are less sensitive to carbon dioxide levels than are C3 plants.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Some interesting Ocean/Moon interactions:

      …Each saros series starts with a partial eclipse (Sun first enters the end of the node), and each successive saros the path of the Moon is shifted either northward (when near the descending node) or southward (when near the ascending node)….

      It takes between 1226 and 1550 years for the members of a saros series to traverse the Earth’s surface from north to south (or vice-versa).

      Gee… where have I seen a 1500 ish year cycle before… Can you say “Bond Event”? Could there be a mode where, for just a little while in geologic time, the shift of tidal forces cause the Gulf Stream to dramatically slow while things ‘readjust’? Yes, it’s speculative, but say you spent 800 years getting the water moved into the Arctic / Atlantic and then the moon starts pulling it all back into the Pacific? It will take some time to equalize the global oceans and during that time I could easily see less pressure to push the Gulf Stream all the way up north. Yes, just a random speculation. Yet “water moves”… so something must happen….

      Jo Nova discusses a new paper along the same line here:
      Can the Moon change our climate? Can tides in the atmosphere solve the mystery of ENSO?

      Hot New Book: Steyn, Delingpole, Bolt, Carter, Plimer, Lindzen, Lawson, Watts, Nova

      An excerpt:

      Shh, don’t mention the water

      To state the bleeding obvious, Earth is a Water Planet. Water dominates everything and it’s infernally complicated. Water holds 90% of all the energy on the surface,[1] and both NASA[2] and the IPCC[3] admit water is the most important greenhouse gas there is, they just don’t seem inclined to produce posters telling us this is a humidity crisis, or that water is pollution.

      And another though provoking essay:

  9. Pathway says:

    There’s no money in studying oceans and no way to enslave people because the ocean is too hot or too cold.

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