Thursday, July 19, 2007

Why I don't give a rat's ass about Al Gore's sea bass

Did Al Gore eat an endangered sea bass? Does he have a higher than average electric bill? Who gives a flying fuck? Really. What is this obsession with Al Gore's personal behavior, and why does anyone think it has any bearing whatsoever on the global warming debate?

Look people. The planet is either heating up, or it isn't. Human beings either have been a significant contributor to this effect or we have not. Changes we can implement will either effect the process or they won't. These are factual questions about the earth. Al Gore's personal behavior does not effect them one iota, be he pope or pimp. Got over it already.

If your retort is "Well, he should walk the walk", yes I agree. Everyone should walk the walk. But there are a lot of people in the world who don't. So what makes him worthy of such special attention? He has an agenda with which you disagree of course, and which you are trying to discredit by discrediting him.

That is a very dangerous game to play. If the anthropocentric global warming theory is true, and if you obstruct and delay mankind's attempt to rectify it by wasting so much time talking about the habits of one person, and prevent us from being able to do something about it, to our species detriment (it won't destroy the planet, the planet's fine), and you do so without making a real effort to understand the science behind it, you are committing an act of intellectual treason with which I can find few equals. Argue the science if you will/can. That is what the debate should be, not about Al Gore.


Ian said...

Although it's off topic, apparently it was "sustainably produced sea bass". There's a cottage industry accusing Gore of being a liar and a hypocrite. More often than not, Gore isn't the one playing fast and loose with the truth.

But, you're right, it's all irrelevant what Gore does. The issues are totally independent of Gore's behaviour.

ScienceAvenger said...

Thanks Ian. I had seen that defense of whatever it is that he consumed, but I thought I'd get right to the heart of the matter that it just doesn't matter. It is sad though that it turns out to be untrue...again. When did family values come to include slandering your political opponents?

Anonymous said...

To be honest I really dont give a damn about global warming. Once the sun burns out, this planet is doomed. Screw buying hybrid cars, cutting down on your carbon footprint its all a fucking waste of time.