Sunday 20 June 2010

How many $10 light bulbs does it take to change the world?

This one is doing the rounds, so I thought I'd share.

I still like a more intelligent approach to using and abusing our limited natural resources. The waste culture we have embraced over the last 20 years, in excessive and needless packaging for one example, is extraordinary. There's no doubt that some much pollution could have been avoided.

Rudd's stalling of his climate emissions tax, created a political ice age on the debate. Now it seems the other hot potato, Labor's internet filter, will also be shelved until after the Federal election.

Needless to say, the flat earth society folk like our very own Lance Royce will wet their pants over this little tale. Grab a Sunday morning cuppa before you turn The Insiders on...

  • "All of you out there across the globe who have fought so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions, you know ....that bogus god you worship of “Climate Change” or “Global Warming” ....well, I feel it is necessary to inform you of some bad news. It really does pain me to have to bring you this disappointing information.

    Okay, here's the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you even One Hung Lo and Ooo Flung Dung in China.

    Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesise into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.

    I know, I know.... (group hug)'s very disheartening to realise that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of Bali, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs ....well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.

    The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes - FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland, has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud any one time - EVERY DAY.

    Oh, I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in its entire 40 MILLION YEARS on earth. Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year - think about it.

    Of course I shouldn't spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognised 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.

    I'm so sorry. And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

    Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you on the basis of the bogus “human-caused” climate change scenario.

    Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention “Global Warming” any more, but just “Climate Change” - you know why? It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bullshit artists got caught with their pants down.

    But hey, grab a XXXX Gold and give the world a hug and have a nice day!

    PS: I wonder if Iceland is buying carbon offsets? Ask Kevin Rudd, he has all the answers!!

Here's the graph that Syd Walker pointed me too, that contradicts this rumour doing the rounds on the net:


Leigh Dall'Osto (via Facebook) said...

It may only make a small difference but for the past 3 years I have refused all McDonalds toys that come with the kids meals because I object to a/ the throwaway nature of the toy, b/ the excessive packaging on them and c/ the completely unnessasary marketing that they represent. Mind you we only go to mc donalds twice a year....but still, what rubbish. Why do kids toys come with all those twisty ties, two layers of plastic and are made with cheap rubbish that breaks after an hr of use by a 4 yr old? Why are my kids bombarded every Saturday morning on tv by the 'must have' toy of the year!!?? Thankfully, my children know better and are trying to reduce their own carbon footprint by recycling their old toys, prefering books to toys and by following me to shops like 'The Green House' to search for goodies.

YAAAAAWN!! said...

YAAAAAAWN!! Which oil company paid for that bollocks?

We need to continue to clean up our act, the Gulf oil spill tells us that.

What do these people have to gain by running our efforts down?

Syd Walker said...

Michael, the anonymous author doesn't even bother to provide a single reference for his/her claims.

I wonder why?

Just one reference by way of rebuttal: Planes or Volcano?. It provides further references for those who interested in following up.

In general, the email contains so many factual innacuracies it's hard to find anything that isn't.

The phrase about grabbing a XXXX is probably accurate.

That's about it.

PaulB said...

Funding from the oil companies on one side? Funding from the UN on the other? I can't see any good guys in this argument.

Syd Walker said...

Paul... it's not necessary to posit 'good guys' or 'bad guys', whatever that really means.

Check out the available facts for yourself.

There weren't any referenced facts in the email published in the article. So it's a bit hard to check them out.

There were, however, numerous additional references in the article I linked to. They suggested that the email author/s told outright lies.

If you think the reference I cited - or its secondary references - are inaccurate, by all means provide contrary references if you can find them.

People can then make their own mind up, based on information they can check out themselves, making their own assessment as to its credibility.

I have no problems with people raising objections to any mainstream theory or belief. That's how science and rational debate advance.

But the debating process promoted by some opponents of the current mainstream scientific view on climate change is no debating process at all: they tend to brandish labels, sneers and factoids taken wholly out of context.

It's not good enough, not when the future wellbeing of humanity is potentially at stake.

Unknown said...

"Leigh Dall'Osto (via Facebook) said...
It may only make a small difference but for the past 3 years I have refused all McDonalds toys that come with the kids meals because I object to a/ the throwaway nature of the toy"

Good on ya Leigh and why not take it a step further and avoid McDonald's altogether. Teach your kids to eat real food instead of processed crap and save them from being exposed to the brainwashing (cross promoting) of these hidious multi nationals and the hideous culture they represent.

Leigh Dall'Osto (via Facebook) said...

As I said previously, we only go to McDonalds or Hungry Jacks once or twice a year, generally for someone's birthday etc... but I must admit we avoid the place as plastic food is not really my idea of tasty stuff!! We have the bulbs, we have too many green bags, as most of the population does, we are still wondering why all plastic bags are not made bio-degradable (we use them for rubbish and refuse to buy the packaged ones, who needs scented rubbish anyway?), we have no dryer, no dish-washer and no bleach in the house, a compost heap, a worm farm and chooks. If I can do all that (and admittedly, it's not a huge contribution) in the middle of suburbia (we live in Bentley Park) there are no excuses for everyone else!