Pondering on the thought of how I felt this time last year, just before returning to school, I remembered The Young Knives who were probably my favourite band of last summer. So here is a nostalgic moment for you to enjoy or cringe through as the summer holidays will, in a few weeks, seem like a very small blip disappearing over the horizon…
The Young Knives – Weekends & Bleakdays (Hot Summer)
After having watched the interview with George Monbiot on Real News, I continued to read the comments left by Youtube users on the film. One user, ‘TroyaE117’, left a comment that I could not resist replying to. Climate Change is an issue which I feel very strongly about and I thought of nothing better to do than to start a healthy debate.
Here are the original comments that ‘TroyaE117’ left on the page:
“Oh yes, another climate change expert depicting doom, tipping points, and promising that he can stop it by producing less CO2. The earth has had far more CO2 in the atmosphere in the past, and it has survived.
And not one single mention of the output of the sun.
Is this guy selling a book on the subject or something?
I have read, and read on this subject, and the evidence of warming is debatable and the cause of it more nebulous.
Ask him why there was an ice age ending 10,000 years ago, or why Romans were able to grow grapes in Scotland 2,000 years ago, or why the medieval warming period happened, and he will look at you like you’ve got two heads.
He doesn’t speak much about the old sun either.
A doom-merchant selling a book, expensively, on how people like him can change the world’s climate.”
Here is my response:
TroyaE117, Monbiot’s book is not at all expensive in comparison to the cost of ignoring climate change. You claim to have read and read on this subject, but it seems to me you clearly haven’t. Do you have a science degree? And can you back up your arguments rather than slating Monbiot with criticism for not mentioning your bluster. The view you represent about climate and the sun has been proved wrong countless times. Here is an article from Monbiot’s website which I would encourage you to read:
If I were to predict your next move, it would be to launch into a comment about my naive shortcomings in believing the view of one man. Fair enough, that’s understandable, I am a cynic like yourself, and I once was in denial. However I discovered that Monbiot does have a science degree and that all of his articles and papers are backed up with plenty of research and real science. The problem with your argument is that you fail to realise that it is not the real science, it is the swindle itself. The “scientists” involved with tarnishing the views of many are 9 times out of 10 being paid by the fossil fuel industry to say what is on the auto-cue and they are being pressured by their lobby groups. If not they are in so much denial of the terrifying effects of climate change in the 21st century that they refuse to accept it and they use their position as once respected scientists to promote a view which is not really theirs, a view which is distorted because it is backed up by no real science.
I hope you don’t stop reading here, their is nothing wrong in being cynical over this issue, but make sure that what you read has its points backed up with proper scientific research which should inevitably point towards the overwhelming conclusion that climate change is happening due our human activity on earth.
Here is a very important interview with the author and activist George Monbiot. The interviewer is very thorough in getting George to back up everything he says, which is great and even better when George comes back with a fully valid and researched response. Issues on the agenda are; the urgency of climate change, why it is happening, the Stern report, what is politically possible, the effect of the media on a sense of urgency and how a 90% cut in our carbon emissions can be achieved.
Any comments would be much appreciated in order to further this discussion.
Babak Yektafar reports from Washington D.C.
With Iran emerging as a regional power and now the source of 17% of China’s oil is the U.S. really concerned about nuclear weapons or is it more about the geo-politics and oil?
This video from Real News is further proof that the US interest in Iran is really only for its oil and over the Republican nightmare of a super-strong Chinese nation. The media still spins the idea of an Iran that is practically a dictatorship with a monolithic government whereas actually there is loads of in-fighting, as this video shows. Even the British media is censored by money, it sounds radical but it’s inconvenient for the multi-millionaires in charge to go against the grain.