August 2nd, 2017

Here comes (or goes) the sun

Trump the evildoer:

Democrat lawmakers and climate change scientists warn that Trump’s disastrous environmental policies will culminate in the destruction of the Sun on August 21, 2017.

Since taking office, Donald Trump has been rolling back Obama-era policies that curbed climate change on the pretense of liberating business owners from unnecessary job-killing regulations. However we now know that President Obama’s environmental regulations were the only thing keeping the world from being plunged into total darkness.

“Less than a year ago, none of us could imagine a President Trump …,” Nobel laureate Al Gore said while on a tour promoting his new movie An Inconvenient Squeal. “… Now imagine a world without a Sun!”

That’s satire, of course. But satire and reality come closer and closer together these days.

In the real world rather than the satirical one, the Boston Globe had a different and almost equally bizarre take on the coming solar eclipse:

The path of ideal viewing spots for this month’s highly-anticipated total solar eclipse cuts overwhelmingly through places that voted for President Trump in November.

There are about 240 counties roughly along the central path of the eclipse, a 70-mile-wide trail extending across the country where people will be able to see a total eclipse, meaning the sun will appear completely obscured by the moon.

And about 92 percent of those counties swung in Trump’s favor, while fewer than two dozen counties voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump won many of those counties by a wide margin, securing an average of 71 percent of the vote in counties he won along the path. Clinton, by comparison, got only about 56 percent of the vote in counties she won along the eclipse path.

The article has been widely mocked. But when I read it, I suspected it was written with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek mentality.

That’s what I prefer to think, anyway.

[NOTE: Hmmm, this is the second day in a row I’ve used riffs on Beatles songs to title posts. This probably has no significance whatsoever.

Let me add that, when I went to the movies this past weekend, I saw a coming attraction for Al Gore’s new film. At first I wondered what a political ad was doing in the theater, and then I realized what I was actually watching.]

15 Responses to “Here comes (or goes) the sun”

  1. AesopFan Says:

    “At first I wondered what a political ad was doing in the theater, and then I realized what I was actually watching.”

    Aren’t most of the Hollywood offerings political ads?

  2. huxley Says:

    neo: Well, you could mix it up with “Who” references.

    As to climate change and the Goracle — “Won’t Get Fooled Again!”

  3. J.J. Says:

    Goreacle was in Seattle a couple of days ago. Interviewed by the local news channel, which I watched with both a sense of dread and joy. Dread that his sort might actually gain power. Joy that he is not converting many to his religion.

    He is such a fundamentalist religious zealot. His God is Gaia and his mortal sin is CO2. At least that’s what he tells us and himself. Truth is, his God is power and his mortal sin is being a plebe who doesn’t see things his way. The man is repulsive in so many ways, but his phony moralism makes one want to vomit.

  4. parker Says:

    Trump the SOB is turning Good Day Sunshine into the apocalypse. We’re all going to die or perhaps suffer a few broken bones.

  5. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    “culminate in the destruction of the Sun on August 21, 2017.”
    Some birthday present for me.

  6. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    I’ve seen the Gore trailer on two different occasions and on both I could not get catcalls and boos to follow mine.
    They ARE ads taken in by people who may not watch the whole movie.

  7. Roy Lofquist Says:

    “But when I read it, I suspected it was written with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek mentality.”

    How true, and how sad. It is almost impossible for a public figure to tell a joke anymore because some will deliberately take it literally and collapse into high dudgeon.

    I think the most famous example is the 57 state thing with Obama. When I heard it I immediately interpreted it as a joke. Obama’s mistake was that he didn’t realize that Messiahs don’t tell jokes.

  8. Gringo Says:

    He is such a fundamentalist religious zealot. His God is Gaia and his mortal sin is CO2.
    From The New Yorker (2004):THE WILDERNESS CAMPAIGN: Al Gore lives on a street in Nashville.

    Gore’s mouth tightened. A Southern Baptist, he, too, had declared himself born again, but he clearly had disdain for Bush’s public kind of faith. “It’s a particular kind of religiosity,” he said. “It’s the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia, in Kashmir, in religions around the world: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim. They all have certain features in common. In a world of disconcerting change, when large and complex forces threaten familiar and comfortable guideposts, the natural impulse is to grab hold of the tree trunk that seems to have the deepest roots and hold on for dear life and never question the possibility that it’s not going to be the source of your salvation. And the deepest roots are in philosophical and religious traditions that go way back. You don’t hear very much from them about the Sermon on the Mount, you don’t hear very much about the teachings of Jesus on giving to the poor, or the beatitudes. It’s the vengeance, the brimstone.”

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. As it appears that the only STEM course Al Gore took in college was Physics for Poets, I get amused at his apocalyptic utterances on the environment. Elmer Gantry redux.

  9. huxley Says:

    I loved science when I was a kid. I still do. It hurts my heart to see science corrupted by the climate change mob.

    Currently I’m reading a biography of Freeman Dyson, the last of the old school giants of modern physics. After he came to the US from the UK he became close friends with legendary physicist, Richard Feynman. Later J. Robert Oppenheimer awarded Dyson a lifetime appointment to the ultra-prestigious Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies because Dyson had “prov[en] [Oppenheimer] wrong.”

    Those are a few of Dyson’s bona fides. I mention him here because he was also one of the first major scientists to study global warming. Dyson was a math prodigy and he knows all the partial differential equations at the bottom of climate models. He accepts anthropogenic warming but argues that it’s complex and today’s models aren’t working.

    Consequently he has been dismissed in the MSM and the scientific community as a doddering old fool meddling outside his expertise.

    Ignore Freeman Dyson at your peril!

  10. TommyJay Says:

    Ahhh, The People’s Cube and Oleg Atbashian. I read his “Shakedown Socialism” for the Soviet perspective. It was good, with themes on the unfairness of labor unions, and how they lost their control of government once the authoritarian power structure was complete.

    Huxley is right, the basic physics of the added CO2 is about an extra 0.4 deg C, which is significant but nothing to get bent out of shape over. These projections of multiple degrees of warming require much more CO2 and knock-on or feedback effects that no one really understands. It is also possible that feedback effects could reduce the actual warming to 0.3 or 0.2 C.

  11. J.J. Says:

    The Goreacle owns three houses. Altogether they consume 35 times as much energy per year as the average American house. He travels mostly by private jet. I will believe he is concerned about CO2 when he starts living what he’s preaching. Hypocrite to the max.

  12. Cornhead Says:

    Hooker County, Nebraska is right in the path. It is about the size of Connecticut but doesn’t have 2,000 people.

  13. Cornhead Says:

    Correction. Population of 736. One played basketball for Creighton.

  14. AesopFan Says:

    Pielke is a climate “lukewarmist” and his hour-long lecture is worth a listen (I didn’t stay for the Q&A)

  15. Lurch Says:

    Neo reads the People’s Cube!

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