Global Warming Weekly Round-Up: Feb. 2, 2012
This week, giant bird shredders cause a Whirling Heat Island effect, Tesco gives up on carbon labels and a man stole a glacier.
Part One: Hippie of the Week
This week’s winner is a repeat offender, serial adventurer and shameless self-promoter. It’s the
inimitable inevitable, insufferable Richard Branson, who for reasons known only to people in the UK was named the person ‘most trusted on climate change’. No, really:
Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson tops a poll of leading figures most people say is most likely to make them take action on climate change.
Prince Charles came in 3rd on the list, followed by Al Gore and President Obama. Unless you believe this story, on the same survey, which claims Bill Gates came first, with Richard Branson only in third place.Climate propaganda works in the same way as climate ‘science’, just choose the answer you like, collect $200 and pass Go.
Branson is so trusted because in his concern for the climate, he shut down his Gaia-crushing airline, closed the space-tourism business, sold Necker Island and moved to a yurt in darkest Norwich. Oh, wait.
Even if he came third and not first, Branson still wins HOTW because he’s just so daft. The tycoon is in Antarctica with Al Gore and Ted Turner this week, and it turns out that stupid is communicable:
Antarctica log 3 – the world will never have another ice age
If you look at the history of the world we are normally in an ice age. Only 10,000 years ago you could walk from Scotland to North Africa on hundreds of feet of ice. When it melted sea levels rose by hundreds of feet. The good news is we now know how to heat up the world. We just release an excess of carbon into it. So any time we’re heading to an ice age again that is what we can do to stop it.
Anthony Watts may still be banging his head on the desk to try and unsee the stupid.