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April 03, 2008

E-mail Exchange on Global Warming

I sent a couple e-mails back and forth with a long time reader and friend Jon Wade at Steamboat Springs Blog about Climate Change. Just wanted to post the text of one of my e-mails to him for public view:

We can keep the world from heating by forcing gas prices to $10 a gallon with Carbon taxes, increasing the cost of every single thing that we consume, and putting the entire world into a recession. If the earth cools, that is great, but even if it doesn't, it is still good for the ski industry and for John Kerry, Algore, and the Kennedy families because the massive recession will not affect their billions and will simply provide less crowded slopes by getting rid of the riff raff like us from their billion dollar playgrounds.

Every time that some ski resort talks about how global warming will impact the sport by shutting down ski resorts that don't get enough snow, they are speculating on Climatologists not having their heads up their ass. But when they talk about the solutions they propose to global warming that are little more than rebranded collectivist ideas under the guise of "saving the environment", we need not speculate on how that will affect the sport. It will increase costs and decrease the number of people that can ski with absolute certainty. We are right at the price point that my wife and I can barely afford to ski with our kids and all the resorts are running round bragging about being "wind powered". How about bragging about being affordable for families?

Ted Turner had this to say about global warming:

Failure to address global warming will have us all dead or eating each other by mid-century.

So says Ted Turner, the restaurateur, environmentalist and former media mogul whose controversial comments have earned him the nickname "Mouth of the South."

If steps aren't taken to stem global warming, "We'll be eight degrees hotter in 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow," Turner said during a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with PBS's Charlie Rose that aired Tuesday.

"Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals," said Turner, 69. "Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state — like Somalia or Sudan — and living conditions will be intolerable."

One way to combat global warming, Turner said, is to stabilize the population.

"We're too many people; that's why we have global warming," he said. "Too many people are using too much stuff."

Turner suggested that "on a voluntary basis, everybody in the world's got to pledge to themselves that one or two children is it."

8 DEGREES! In light of this, I better stop skiing, driving, breathing CO2,... Or else get ready to start eating people. EATING PEOPLE! This Global Warming crap is just going beyond what can even be considered reasonable. Having to eat people sounds like a pretty inconvenient truth to me.

Posted by Justin at April 3, 2008 11:52 AM

Comments

Wow, I hadn't seen that. He has to be losing it as I don't think even Green Al would get even close to those statements. The points in your comments above are very well thought out and speak to how little connection some people have to reality in regards to both the "facts" they work from and the impacts they are destined to have and how (unproven) strategies to reduce the purported warming could be implemented.

Posted by: Steamboat Springs at April 3, 2008 12:21 PM

I am a frequent skiier, and I continually hear global warming, global warming this, and global warming that. Ok, as for eating people, it reminds me of that film Alive! where they crash in a plane in the mountains, do a bit of skiing on suitcases and end up eating their friends.

Global warming and skiing are not a good mix! Unless your skis are durable enough to hit the gorgeous rocky terrain!

I went on a ski holiday every year, and noticed the seasons have shifted in dates ever so slightly!

But ted turner? politics? and real snow crisis? makes little sense

Posted by: Ski Holiday at April 15, 2008 08:22 AM