Wednesday, March 21, 2007

It's Getting Hot In Herrrre . . . (I am getting so hot)

Is it really that far fetched to believe that global warming is ultimately going to bring about the extinction of humanity? It is so easy to just dismiss an idea of such magnitude and catastrophe, but if this were a Robert Zemeckis summer blockbuster about how the world was going to end, we would be about 15 minutes in to the film. After Al Gore's speech on Capitol Hill, the screen would go dark, and cut to a picture of some really desolate, desert area, and a caption at the bottom of the screen would come up that reads "New York City --- 50 years later." (side note: the film would almost certainly be called "Hazy, Hot, and Dead," and it would star Christian Bale as the hero who flies to the sun to drop an iceberg on it and save the world. Ving Rhames would also have a decent-sized part). Seriously, though, there is no reason to believe that this problem will get better given the fact that (a) our own country refuses to do much about it, and (b) the rest of the industrialized world, making up about 1/3 of the world's population (I'm looking at you, China and India) have basically said they can't or won't do anything about it. Yikes.

(Hey Al, here's another inconvenient truth: hypercolor went out a while ago. Nice shirt. Can't believe there were people not taking you seriously up on the Hill).

And by the way, while Holocaust deniers are still the worst, and they probably always will be, people who say that global warming is a "hoax" are gaining on them rapidly. (side note: just look at how Subway overtook McDonald's; I mean, that seemed unfathomable 10 years ago, but here were are. You can't stay on top forever).


Joe said...

Eh, if people deny Global Warming (I'm not one of them), it's partly because there have been similar instances of people "crying wolf" in the past.

Look at how many experts were wrong about Malthusian economics, a US-Soviet nuclear war, Y2K, Ghostbusters crossing the streams -- there is precedent for truly catastrophic, even world-ending, events not coming to fruition.

Then again, 59% of Americans believe in the fucking Rapture.

ChuckJerry said...

The fucking Rapture sounds better than the regular Rapture.

The people who interest me most are the ones who insist the moon landing never happened.

And lot of people did a lot of work for Y2K. Whether it would have been catastrophic if they hadn't, I can't really say. But lots of work was certainly done. Didn't you see Office Space?