When an article starts like this… “When the apocalypse comes, it’ll be every man and woman for themselves” it might be a clue that alarmist tendencies may color what they write.
Grist used to mean grain that had been cleaned of its chaff and was ready for grinding. Now it apparently means words thrown on the internet that are ready for the electronic version of pulping.
The article that drew me to the site, which claims 2 million unique visitors a month, was a fairly unreadable rehash of a MIT paper postulating negative effects on agriculture and more importantly, found a way to hyperventilate on how trade will somehow make it even worse. But really, Grist is just a vehicle for regurgitating whatever scary stories are available about the environment, especially global warming.
Typical is this story titled “4 Reasons Why We Can And Must Fight Terrorism And Poverty Through Climate Action.” In it they state that “the poor suffer most from climate change.” Given that the most measurable impact we have seen from climate change is a greening of the planet that has contributed to an 11%-17% growth in agricultural yields, I beg to differ.
The story also adds that green energy will create tens of thousands of new jobs. Perhaps they don’t realize that labor is a cost of doing business and that those new jobs are one of the primary reasons green energy is more expensive than fossil fuels.
But really, the story doesn’t say anything about how climate action will reduce terrorism or poverty. It just says that we must do it and it will be good for us.
Typical also is this article railing against the possibility that BP will be able to deduct some of the $20 billion it has paid in penalties for the Deepwater spill from its tax bill. They quote a familiar name, Representative Raul Grijalva, he who wants to investigate Judith Curry and Roger Pielke for climate crimes, who disapproves of this, saying it is ‘gaming the tax system.’
So Representative Grijalva and Grist want businesses not to be able to deduct expenses? I think I’d like to see their tax returns…
I just wonder at the ability of such shoddily written, one-note alarmist scare stories to attract 2 million unique visitors a month. I wonder if those stats are current.
Given that Real Climate has apparently forgotten to pay their domain registration fee, it would appear that interest in the alarmist side of the climate war is fading. And given the number of alarmist blogs that have gone inactive over the past two years, one wonders if Real Climate will pony up the fee to continue. I’m not even sure we’ll be able to say ‘Well, we’ll always have Grist.’ The mills are waiting. (Of course you can always read my book…)