When you’ve written and/or edited blog posts for going on 1430 consecutive days, it’s easy to forget some of the pieces you’ve written. It’s one reason why it’s so foolish to crucify public intellectuals and other personalities for misguided tweets or ancient blog posts. The nature of the medium is to produce, produce, produce—a constant churning of content. That doesn’t mean we should be irresponsible with our words, but that it’s easy to forget old posts and arguments.
What brought this post to mind was a comment from the Quora contributor whose answer to a question inspired this post. He commented over Thanksgiving and asked that I remove his name from the post, which I did.
Here was his comment in full:
I’m the one you’re quoting in this piece, and the connection you’re trying to make is utter nonsense. If you’d like me to explain the difference between trying to drink the ocean and altering the CO2 content of the atmosphere, I’d be happy to do so, but given the utter lack of scientific understanding displayed here, I’m guessing you wouldn’t care.
As a scientist, I’m offended that you’re peddling this kind of misinformation, and using my name to do it. As a Christian, I’m offended that you’re invoking the name of deity (and a diametrically wrong reading of scripture), to argue in favor of ignorance and lack of responsibility.
If you’re going to sell this kind of garbage, kindly leave my name out of it.
I respectfully disagree. I think the poster missed the point of my piece. Obviously, drinking from the ocean is not perfectly analogous to pumping carbon dioxide into the atrmosphere, but the two do seem related: if we meaningfully affect sea levels by taking a collective drink from the ocean, it seems unlikely that we can meaningfully affect the ozone layer.
But the comment proves my point: here’s a man so enslaved to the dogmatism of scientific materialism, he’s spending his Thanksgiving calling people stupid online.
I mean, I’m no scientist, and I probably am stupid about a lot of things, but I also didn’t shut down the global economy and civil society for two years and demand people trust my authority because I wear a lab coat. My whole life I’ve heard that “science is our religion now” (probably true) and that “scientists are the new high priests of society.”
Well, they’re doing a pretty lousy job of it. I wonder how many Westerners will freeze to death this winter because our priestly caste demands we bow obsequiously to Mother Gaia? If questioning their dogmatic faith is “misinformation,” then I am proud spreader of the same.
With that, here is “TBT: Climate Hysteria Robs Us of Joy“:
In casting about for a good TBT this week, I stumbled upon this post—which really should have ended up in one of my “Forgotten Posts” editions of Lazy Sunday—about the foolishness of climate hysteria, and the arrogance of thinking we can really have a concrete impact on the environment at the macro-level.
Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy God’s Creation, and I think stewardship of His Creation is incredibly important. We shouldn’t go around adopting baby sea turtles. But driving to work everyday isn’t going to affect the environment or the climate in any discernible way.
In fact, it’s funny—climate change doesn’t even seem like a serious issue anymore (who even remembers Greta Thunberg now?). As soon as the elites went hard for The Virus hysteria, they immediately had us using disposable plastic crap and Styrofoam containers again. Even the whole message of The Age of The Virus was “Consume”—stay home, eat takeout, watch trash TV.
That puts the lie to the climate change nonsense. I’ll repeat my admonition from one year ago today: “Eat, drink, and be merry—and have lots of babies.”
Here is 22 October 2019’s “Climate Hysteria Robs Us of Joy“:
Growing up, I received my fair share of public school climate indoctrination. My generation cut its teeth on Captain Planet, the eco-propaganda cartoon that, among other things, scolded Americans for using too many resources and having too many babies. Fast forward to today, and those arguments are mainstream.
In fact, I remember my dad telling me that Captain Planet was Ted Turner‘s ham-fisted attempt at indoctrinating kids—one of the first times I vividly remember learning that the elites were lying to us. The finger-wagging, puritanical nagging of environmentalists further pushed me away from eco-hysteria.
A Quora user posed the question (to paraphrase): if everyone drank a glass of water from the ocean (let’s assume it’s been desalinated), how would it affect the sea level?
One poster’s answer goes through the math: if everyone—including babies! (around 7.7 billion people)—took a twelve-ounce glass of water from the ocean simultaneously, “the water level would drop by 0.0000000075 meters, or about 7.5 nanometers. That’s about 1/1000 the size of a red blood cell.” Another contributor, Vilmos Shepard, writes that this scenario “would lower the ocean by less than a wavelength of light.”
As the contributor writes in his response, “within a day or two, we’d all sweat, breathe and urinate that water back out, and it would eventually end up back in the oceans. The water cycle is a hard thing to beat.” Indeed.
The more I learn about Creation, the more I appreciate that there’s not much we can do to affect or alter the macro-level environment. We can make tweaks and marginal improvements—such as improving desalination of sea water, transporting water more efficiently, picking up trash, etc.—but it’s foolish to think we alone can break or fix the environment. Creation is incredibly abundant and robust.
Barring massive nuclear warfare, our everyday actions are not going to destroy the planet. I’m not saying we should casually throw our old tires into the river—we should be good stewards of Creation—but it’s wasted effort to agonize over our carbon footprint. If the enviro-cultists and eco-hipsters really cared, they’d live in the country, instead of cramming themselves into energy-guzzling urban hellscapes.
Eat, drink, and be merry—and have lots of babies. Don’t curtail your enjoyment of the bounty of God’s Creation just because Ted Turner and Greta Thunberg are insane and deluded. Yes, yes—dispose of your old electronics and used motor oil properly (we’re trying have a society here), but we shouldn’t lose sleep over eating a steak.