The other half

Greetings from a different part of the world. I just left Shanghai after a few hectic days. Hectic, but at least there was no temptation to blog, as WordPress is one of many websites not available there. (WordPress I can understand. But YouTube? YouTube?)


Well, anyhow. It’s a big city–about 26 million in the metro area, maybe 10 million in the city itself. I didn’t count…

I will tell you that I have never heard the word ‘opportunity’ so many times in a 3-day timespan. These people are after it. I gotta say it made Manhattan look a bit like Mayberry. Shanghai’s the real deal.

These people do not seem to care overmuch about carbon dioxide. They are actively concerned about carbon monoxide, and all the other pollutants that make the skies battleship grey by 10:00 a.m. And I must say it isn’t pleasant trying to brush my teeth with bottled water.

There are four wind turbines on the approach to Pudong Airport, and they were turning lazily as we flew in. There are some buildings with solar panels, too. Heck there are some big time solar manufacturers headquartered here.

But these people are too damn busy to worry about global warming. How nice… I envy them.

But I’m not one of them. Still worried. Still a Lukewarmer. Still infuriated with idiots and criminals like Lewandowsky and Gleick, still amazed that Morano and Monckton get a free pass from people who call themselves skeptics. Still thoroughly annoyed at inveterate doom-criers, still flabbergasted at people who think what we’re doing to our environment will have no consequences.

Now I’m in Catholic Manila, where the paper has a long editorial about the new Pope, wondering why he took off his nice new uniform in public.

They’re holding a photo contest here for best pictures of the effects of climate change. There are a lot of entries. While I’m skeptical that the photos actually will show climate change, here in the Philippines they have enough problems with the weather that they can be forgiven for ascribing the floods, typhoons, heat and humidity to something less capricious than just weather.

This probably isn’t as tightly focused as some of my other posts. Somehow I can’t get too concerned about that. Hope you’re all having fun back home.


6 responses to “The other half

  1. Been there, enjoy the smog. Especially in Beijing. See how many dead pigs and chicken you can count floating down the river…

    I’ve often thought the world would be a better place if the US exported 80% of their environmentalists to China where they are needed most.

  2. “still amazed that Morano and Monckton get a free pass from people who call themselves skeptics”

    I feel much the same way…. and furthermore why does The Rock get a free pass from people who call themselves wrestling fans? It’s about entertainment, not much else.

    Morano and Monckton are entertainers and not much else, which means they get to jump up on the ropes and nail their opponents with a fly-power body-splash.

    Sorry, but Lewandowsky and Gleick do not get to behave that way because they claim to stand for science and that is not what science is about… and, at least in the case of Lewandowsky, they do what they do on the public dime.

  3. James Hansen retires, kills Easter Bunny:
    Of course, the climate concerned claim is that Hansen is a brilliant scientist when opposing Keystone, but a doddering fool out of his element when talking about nuclear and renewable power. But this is a “study” so, who will be first to be anti-science?

  4. Is Monckton like the Kardashian of climate change? Is he famous for being famous or has he actually done something to merit it?

    I’m a citizen scientist myself. In the last year I’ve learned atmospherics from scratch. I’ve got a damn good brain and I can shoot down a faulty argument with both eyes closed at midnight in an unlit coal-cellar. No matter the subject, with my legal training I usually cut to the chase ten times faster than the so-called experts. So I don’t scorn the climateers like Monckton, Cook, Delingpole or McKibben who come from outside the world of physics. A journalistic background is a huge advantage in the public sphere because you have learned to formulate your logic and express your thoughts in simple words that anyone can understand.

    The climate debate has little or nothing to do with facts and science. Perhaps it did once, but that time has long passed. Now it’s about politics, about personal belief systems, about fear of the dark and taboos and shibboleths and personal demons. It’s about whatever validates you.

    The same people who are anti-Monsanto and anti-vaccine are pro-CAGW. You can throw all the facts at them that you like and you’re not going to change their minds. This is a war for the hearts and minds of the folk and right now, the mystic shamans of the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming are streets in the lead.

    Chris Monckton is trying to be the Richard Dawkins of climate skepticism. I wish him luck, but I don’t think he has the personality or raw processing power to pull it off.

  5. Hi, Tom — thanks for the update, and continued safe travels!

    Good for your sake that you have more important matters to attend to than blog wars. These will still be around whenever you get time…. cheers!

    • Hi Skiphil–thanks for the good wishes. I’m still going to try and get a post up later today, but we’ll see. I can tell you this is an ideal road trip to take my mind off climate issues….

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