Friday, December 29, 2006

Bottles and bottles

Inhofe's gone dumb for the last time

The outgoing head of the Senate's committee on the environment, Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe (R) does not believe in climate change. I use the word "believe" because he generally relies on things that are not "science" to inform his opinions on the matter. For example, an excerpt from a press release dated January, 2005 in which he decries the stifling of critics such and MD Michael Crichton who, I should note, is not a climate scientist:
Dr. Crichton states that, "Nobody knows how much of the present warming trend might be a natural phenomenon," and, "Nobody knows how much of the present trend might be man-made." And for those who see impending disaster in the coming century, Dr. Crichton urges calm: "I suspect that people of 2100 will be much richer than we are, consume more energy, have a smaller global population, and enjoy more wilderness than we have today. I don't think we have to worry about them."
No, nobody knows anything about man's influence on climate...except for thousands of highly trained, highly educated, highly vindictive scientists with their individual axes to grind. But woe be it for me to illuminate the absurdity of Inhofe's steez. I think I should leave it to them gully bols over at, where some of the world's pre-eminent climate scientists blog about stuff like small, inhabited islands getting swallowed by the sea...and science. Good thing Inhofe done peaced, before he starts trying to deregulate the dinosaur theme park industry (no Jeff Goldblum).

A quick read of Inhofe's statements scattered across the internet, makes it clear that his understanding of climate science is much like Alaska Senator Ted Stevens description of the internet as a "series of tubes," despite being the de facto regulator/watchdog of the internet. Inhofe- who is a senator, remember-likes to express his astonishment about how climate scientists are saying that the sun (the sun!) is responsible for global warming, thus proving their claims demonstrably false. Of course the sun is warming the earth, it always has been, it's just that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses are trapping the heat (no Young Jeezy). Oh. OK.

I'm not even going to touch Inhofe's classic invocation of "God's still up there," as a coverall alibi for not giving a fuck. (Video here) There's probably hope for Inhofe, but not the kind of hope that is good for the rest of us. Gale Norton, the former Bush Interior Secretary who eased enforcement and restriction on oil and gas drilling and exploration on public land during her tenure, she's now an advisor for Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world's largest oil companies. I can think of a place where Inhofe will fit in quite nicely...The Fuck You Gimme the Loot Polluters CabalThe Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Keith Thornton, meet Sergei Winogradsky

The purpose of this blog is to talk about ecology and environmental issues, specifically science without being dry, ominous, obscure or didactic (if possible). The reason for trying to make a blog like this is fairly simple- the ecology is so fucked up in the game that people are actually starting to care. Ecologically sensitive products are marketable all of a sudden. People actually express concern about global climate change in casual conversation. Unfortunately, I don't think that very many people really understand how environmental phonomena and problems work from a scientific standpoint. Furthermore, I don't think people know where to go in order to learn about such things, because most environment-related reporting is fucking boring to most people.

I'm not an "expert" in science matters in a genuine sense, I have a BS in biology and studied mostly ecosystem ecology. Frankly, I think that could be an advantage in communicating with people who either have concerns or may be prone to having concerns, if they knew what anybody was talking about. I usually write for an extremely irreverant blog called Just Sayin. I write about football, rap music, Philadelphia politics and my DJ career- so I'm not exactly in an ivory tower. I'm going against the grain of the internet (or perhaps our current society in general) by attempting to be un-ironic here, because irony is for fucking ass muppets.

This site will probably start out rather slow, but I'll try to tend to it on a semi-regular basis. More later.