Today is “Blog Action Day,” where we all are supposed to leave our energy sucking computers on a little longer in order to save the environment. Just like Al Gore, we can all cut the world’s emissions if only we use a lot more of them – for the right reasons, of course.
Laugh out loud at the absurdity of it all, of course. And so to help out with that, I share the inimitable Mark Steyn’s take on it all:
No matter how you raise the stakes (“It might take another 30 Kyotos”, says Jerry Mahlman of the National Centre for Atmospheric Research), Saint Al of the Ecopalypse can raise them higher. Climate change, he says, is the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced. Ever. And not just humankind, but alienkind, too. “We are,” warns Gore, “altering the balance of energy between our planet and the rest of the universe”.
Wow. It’s not just the Maldive Islands, but the balance of energy between Earth and the rest of the universe. You wouldn’t happen to have the stats on that, would you? Universal “balance of energy” graphs for 1940 and 1873? Gore is the logical reductio of what the popular Australian blogger Tim Blair calls global warm-mongering: Worst-case scenario, with all the zeroes you want on the end, and then a few more for holes in the ozone layer as yet undreamt of. Anyone can, as the environmentalists advise, think globally and act locally, but only Gore thinks cosmically and acts not at all.
Just don’t thank me, or all those other thousands of bloggers, for bravely speaking out. Just doin’ our part for the cosmos.