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HIGH rates of obesity in richer countries cause up to a billion extra tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, compared with countries with leaner populations, according to a study that assesses the additional food and fuel needs of the overweight.
The finding is particularly worrying, scientists say, because obesity is on the rise in many rich nations.
“Population fatness has an environmental impact,” said Phil Edwards, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “We’re all being told to stay fit and keep our weight down because it’s good for our health. The important thing is that staying slim is good for your health and for the health of the planet.”
This simple, obvious observation, made by a British academic with no known political affiliations or government ties, sends both Hudnall and Simpson into hysterics about the myriad ways in which American liberals will now persecute obese people.
So do China and India have less greenhouse gas emissions than Canada and Germany? After all, China and India have “thinner” people. The answer is of course, no. This is a false claim like many of those the AGW crowd makes.
But making false statements didn’t stop the anti-smoking crusaders who made it seem like smoking a cigarette automatically gives you get lung cancer. And it’s gotten so bad many places are using their anti-smoker bias to deny smokers their civil rights. Using the same logic, they can start doing that to the “obese.”
There’s not much for me to do here except direct Hudnall to that first paragraph he quoted. Their research claims that the obesity factors accounts for a billion extra tons of greenhouse gases a year. The researchers never claim that obesity is the only factor. That would be silly.
Simpson is even more red-faced though:
You know where this is going, right, people? Global Warming (GW) taxes on junk foods, if not all. Will they even dare propose a discriminatory tax on fat people themselves?
Um, probably not! The researchers offer no policy prescriptions, and have no voice within the American government. Chill the fuck out.
Last week, when I asked “What Innocuous Thing or Abstract Concept Will Big Hollywood Claim Liberals Are Waging War on Next?” in response to the “War on English” piece, I had no idea the answer would come so quickly, or be more hilarious than any of my fake responses.
Tough language is borrowed from the war on terror and applied to the war on weather.
That’s right, “the war on weather.” The weather. The very definition of an innocuous topic. They officially don’t need me anymore, folks; they’ve slipped entirely into self-parody. This piece is also notable for breaking the needle off AB:MC’s Scare-Quote Meter by refusing to leave a single instance of “climate change” unadorned.
Oh, and then there’s this:
“Hey, Infidel — Look! Does one cloud look darker to you than the other?”
“Ohmygod — where?!” (Infidel looks up.)
Sound of throat slashing.
“Works every time! Works every time!” the mujahed laughs to himself as he moves on to the next vigilant infidel.
To recap: a post about Earth Hour is now about scary Arab people. I think BH should just give up the ghost and post random screeds about Arabs and abortions without the pretense of linking them to other issues.
Chuck DeVore is running for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat in 2010. Chuck DeVore is pissed off that the California Energy Comission is proposing enery efficiency rules for plasma television which, by DeVore’s own numbers, use 4 times as much energy as even the inefficient old-skool CRTs.
I’m sure Chuck is gonna rake in the primary votes by posting on crappy blogs about issues no one cares about.
Two disclaimers: First, I am a practicing Catholic. Second, I think the Earth Hour thing is a bit silly, if well-intentioned.
I’m gonna go ahead and state the obvious though:
Doug. Homie. There are all sorts of religious holidays. In fact, there’s a rather important one coming up in just a couple weeks. In fact we’re in the middle of the fucking CREATOR FORTY DAYS.
I know Douggie is being tongue-in-cheek here, but to say we, as a culture, privilege environmentalism over religion is just false.