Captain Heck (capthek) wrote in rightwing_free,
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Ted Rall again annoys me.

Not only is his article inexact, but sadly his fatalism on the climate is catching on. I have a couple of quotes below. As far as the first one, saying just "the polar ice cap" is wrong as he is talking about the arctic in general and not antarctica. The ice cap in both antarctica and greenland are predicted to take much longer than the area of ice in the arctic that only covers water rather than land.

Anywho, my other primary point is that no, people do not assume that if we cut emissions everything will fix itself. Very many scientists believe that we must act to take carbon out of the atmosphere in addition to cuts in emissions. In fact, if you took carbon out at a quick rate you would not even have to cut emissions. How could we do this? You could seed large parts of the ocean with little life and huge algae blooms would absorb carbon. You could also simply pump carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere and trap it in many ways, under ground, or in organic structures. And don't even get me started on advanced nanotechnology.

You see, the reason Rall annoys me so much is that his kind of discourse convinces people who think that climate change is happening and something should be done into the same camp as the deniers. If Ralls discourse wins, then nobody does nothing. Anyway, those quotes are below:

"For example, the polar ice cap is doomed. Summer ice will vanish entirely within 20 years; winter ice will be gone by 2085."

"Both sides of the "debate" are liars."
"Of course, the only sane action is to pretend otherwise and enact radical change that might/might have saved the earth. The human race is probably destined for extinction. But we might as well be courteous on the way out...and stop BSing about our chances."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ucru/giveahootbutwerestilldoomed;_ylt=AmrvBUMP0zz3XXPvE3Tt5Nphr7sF;_ylu=X3oDMTM0bG10aGYxBGFzc2V0A3VjcnUvMjAwOTEyMTEvZ2l2ZWFob290YnV0d2VyZXN0aWxsZG9vbWVkBHBvcwMxOQRzZWMDeW5fcGFnaW5hdGVfc3VtbWFyeV9saXN0BHNsawNnaXZlYWhvb3RidXQ-
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