In the article “A Deeper Shade of Green” in the August issue of National Geographic, environmental essayist, activist, and author (their description, not mine) Bill McKibben attempts to scare the bejabbers out of everyone by saying:
British scientist James Lovelock … published an essay predicting that we’d already added too much CO2 [carbon dioxide] to the atmosphere and that runaway global warming was inevitable.
Oh no! We’re doomed! But in the same paragraph he notes:
The steady and long-serving NASA climatologist James Hansen defied federal attempts to gag him and told reporters that new calculations about, among other things, the instability of Greenland’s ice shelf showed “we can’t let it go on another ten years like this.”
Now wait a minute. Do we have ten years, or are we already doomed? Or can we fix Greenland’s ice shelf in 10 years or less, but we are still doomed? Or if we fix Greenland will we stop the inevitable runaway global warming? Doesn’t inevitable mean something like “going to happen no matter what”? Just how stupid are we supposed to be? (actually I can answer that one – stupid enough to buy his books and give money to his foundations that send him on trips all over the globe–using lots of fossil fuels that he excoriates all of us for using).
These guys can’t get their story straight, and its within just one paragraph.