Reposting: Brain vs Blowhard

December 26, 2019

House GOP leader McCarthy – “There’s two people Putin pays, Trump and Rohrabacher”.

Coincidentally both climate deniers. See how Richard Alley handled one of them at a hearing. From 2010.

8 Responses to “Reposting: Brain vs Blowhard”

  1. John Kane Says:

    Putin as a climate denier:
    “Indeed, Russia has joined the Paris Agreement. In fact, we announced our intention to do this much earlier, but this year we have formalised our decision by adopting a Government resolution.”

    “As you know, the Paris Agreement pursues efforts to limit the increase in global temperature to 1.5 percent. I do not know whether we will be able to achieve this together or not, because nobody really knows the causes of climate change, at least global climate change.

    We know that in the history of the Earth there have been periods of warming and cooling, and this might depend on the global processes in the Universe. A small tilt of the Earth’s axis and its orbit around the Sun can lead to and have already led to very serious climate changes on the Earth, which had dramatic consequences – good or bad, they were still dramatic.

    And it is happening again now. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to work out exactly how humankind affects climate change. But we cannot stay idle either, I agree with my colleagues. We should make our best efforts to prevent dramatic changes in the climate.

    As for our country, this process is very crucial for us. The temperature in Russia is rising 2.5 times faster than the planet’s average. As you know, Russia is a northern country, and 70 percent of our territory is located in the north latitudes. Some of our cities were built north of the Arctic Circle, on the permafrost. If it begins to thaw, you can imagine what consequences it would have. It would be a disaster.

    In addition, it is getting warmer in some places, for instance, here in Moscow we are now setting temperature records, but this might lead to desertification in certain areas, and we will be directly affected by it.

    Climate change also means an increase in the number of various natural disasters such as wildfires, floods and so on. This also concerns us. Therefore, we are continuing to be proactive in our efforts to minimise the impact of these changes.”
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/62366

    It is very difficult, if not impossible, to work out exactly how humankind affects climate change.

    I think his statement shows some doubt about the overall impact of human activities, not that he does not believe they do not exist or are trivial.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Putin’s statement is just more smoke and mirrors—-cover up BS. Russia has supposedly joined the joined the Paris Accords, but is setting deceptive and even laughable targets. They may as well have not even bothered.

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/23/russia-ratifies-paris-climate-accord-targets-critically-insufficient/

      An excerpt—-can you say “bull manure”, children?

      “Under the Paris agreement, which allowed countries to set their own targets, Russia pledged to reduce emissions to 25 to 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.

      “But this is little more than a sleight of hand, since Russian industry today is still running at a far slower clip than it was before the collapse of the Soviet command economy. As of 2017, Russia’s emissions were 32 per cent lower than in 1990. Thus it can actually pollute more and still meet its current Paris agreement goals.

      “The Climate Action Tracker NGO has included Russia among the five countries whose commitments are “critically insufficient” to hold warming within the 2 degrees Celsius that, according to studies, will set off a “new climate regime” in many regions of the world.

      “As the second-largest oil exporter, Russia contributes to the burning of greenhouse gases around the world and is continuing to develop its oil, gas and coal industries”.

      • John Kane Says:

        So Russia actually ratified the accord but Putin is a climate denier?

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Putin puts the acquisition of more $$$ by him and his buddies in the Russian Oligarchy/Plutocracy/Mafia above all else. So he will make noises about combating climate change while at the same time really doing nothing to reduce Russia’s contributions to climate change.

          Is he a denier? Yes and no—-he and his clique don’t care about the future beyond the next tn years, and won’t truly address climate change until it becomes catastrophic for Russia and the Russian people—-there’s too much money to be made.

          As for “ratification”, reread this for a clue as to how serious they are NOT::

          “Under the Paris agreement, which allowed countries to set their own targets, Russia pledged to reduce emissions to 25 to 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.

          “But this is little more than a sleight of hand, since Russian industry today is still running at a far slower clip than it was before the collapse of the Soviet command economy. As of 2017, Russia’s emissions were 32 per cent lower than in 1990. Thus it can actually pollute more and still meet its current Paris agreement goals.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Putin is actually looking forward to seeing more warming as he can drill for even more gas and oil (Russia’s only valuable export) and also better transport it out to the world. climateactiontracker.org shows what “effort” countries are making:

      Russia is as “ambitious” as the US.

  2. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    It is very difficult, if not impossible, to work out exactly how humankind affects climate change.

    Or put another way. The plane is going to crash, and nearly all the engineers say it is because the engines are not attached to the wings. We cannot know this for certain as planes have crashed before for other reasons etc.

    The criminality of the statement is, that it DOES NOT MATTER! The effect of catastrophe is so bad, that any chance of allowing it is unacceptable. We are not putting a few bucks on a horse race. We are betting the farm, ancestral estate, family fortune and first born son and all his siblings on a nag.

    Rest of the comment was OK.

  3. J4Zonian Says:

    How long are we going to sit and listen to these criminally insane people before we do what we need to?

    Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump’s Resignation
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/27/forget-mueller-forget-impeachment-million-people-should-surround-white-house-and

    Surely we could spare a few hundred thousand people for such less-important low-IQ-(faking?) criminals as these. Pohr Rohrabacher lost in 2018 but there are still 151 outright deniers out of 536 inhabiting the various houses and other pits of hell from which the empire is ruled. Of course that doesn’t even include the 350-some direness-denying delayalists still in Congress, the hundreds of judges they’ve appointed, and the thousands of similarly afflicted trolls of varying levels ruling from or living under the state houses. But first fools first. We need a progressive White House and Senate.


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