"“When we write a joke, we never ask, ‘Who’s gonna get this?’ We always say, ‘The right people will get this’.” - Joel Hodgson"
This guy will be a that place. Doing the stuff. Westercon? No, wait.
Emerald City Con. (Wish I could go. It would be my second con ever.)
I often feel the future of our country, and even our species, is at stake whenever I see these debates happen. And right now, it appears to be in the hands of people who don’t think climate change is happening, or, worse, think the changes will be exclusively beneficial. They see the cost of doing something now on the balance sheet of the short term, and imagine it larger than doing nothing. But the cost of doing nothing will be far far greater. Their solution? Don’t be poor. Nice.
This is a threat to our stability greater than any that could be conceived or concocted by Al Qaida, but it’s not being taken very seriously by folk who should, frankly, know better. I wonder if our descendants won’t ask why those who ignored this threat weren’t rejected more thoroughly and castigated, or even treated as perpetrators of treason. Blackburn should count herself as fortunate if no one remembers her name alongside other, higher-profile denialists.
But that’s not what I hope for. Denialists should be remembered and held accountable for doing nothing. Ignorance is no excuse, here. If we must be fair, then let’s see their mendacity be treated as such.
We cannot ignore these facts: the globe is warming, the arctic is broken, human-made CO2 plays an immense role, and it’s not going to fix itself, if even it can be fixed, which is possibly too optimistic at this point.
So we forget optimism. Mitigation and survival is up next. Doing nothing should be rejected as a course or remedy; indeed, even regarded as an unnecessary evil.
One more thing: I reject arguments that dispute reality, and I no longer entertain the ideas of those who believe that this is up for discussion. Those who really want to effectively refute what we’re seeing need to change the content of this chart in the scientific literature. No evidence, no acceptance.