CO2 Emissions Rise

CO2 emissions keep rising. Mother Nature stubbornly keeps preventing global temperatures from rising accordingly. The bitch!

It seems she does not like alternative religions. This, my outburst, occasioned by a preview forthcoming of the UN Inter-Government Council on Climate Change.

If you don’t like the lack of attribution on this short piece, I don’t blame you. This is just a heads-up. Watch for the report itself.

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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20 Responses to CO2 Emissions Rise

  1. Terry Amburgey says:

    Jacques has finally accepted science as a way of answering questions!
    Someone send emergency parkas to hell, the ice is forming!

    • Unlike some of the juveniles among us, I am not sure of much except that the sun rise in the east. I am just quick to notice discrepancies. I also have a keen eye for religion masquerading as science. Also for science turned into a religion when it should be the embodiment of good sense.

  2. Terry Amburgey says:

    Ah. Science is good only when it gives you the answer you want a priori. Cancel the parkas.

  3. Terry Amburgey says:

    Exactly. The credibility of the IPCC depends on which report and what it says. If it fits your preconceived notions it’s great!

    I’m curious. What is the cause of your fanatical and obsessive need for the relationship between people and climate to be null? I can understand energy company shills but I find it hard to believe that they give you money. To the best of my knowledge you’re not a christian religious nut babbling about god giving man dominion over the earth. What’s left? Some sort of fanatic ideologue? Your behavior seems to fit
    http://www.wikihow.com/Know-if-You're-Dealing-With-an-Ideologue
    Or possibly a mild personality disorder? How would you feel about taking the obsessive belief questionaire? It seems to have good psychometric attributes. I’ll fill it out if you will.

  4. Of course, I think the IPCC is not credible. It’s half whore, half silly nun. I just want to induce people like you, the religious, to struggle with its new announcements. I hope to help you (plural) regain a little criticality.

    I don’t know if the relationship between people and climate is “null.” It seems obvious that the party line of “global warming,” followed by “climate change” is ridiculous. The fact that you allow that rich buffoon Al Gore to be your Grand Poopah is reason enough to despise your church. Your priesthood’s unwillingness to condemn widespread use of false and anecdotal statements taken from their narrative by the mass media tells me there is no honesty among them.

    There might be a relationship between what humans do and climate but it’s not about CO2 and temperature change. Your friends convinced me of this.

    It’s not obsessiveness, it’s low-cost steadfastness.

    You are right, I am not a Christian. And I am not being paid off either. (Still waiting, by the way. The oil companies are not as generous as the liberals think they are, unfortunately.)

    There is actually an answer to your question about what dog I have in that fight. The answer is lengthy and complex and perhaps not especially interesting to most. Le’s just say it’s of the “never again” kind.

  5. Terry Amburgey says:

    Interesting. I guess the reason that religion seems such a plausible foundation for your obsession is that it’s your favored form of projection.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection
    BTW let me remind you yet again that the only dog I have in the fight is my opinion that empirically based science is the best approach to figuring out what’s going on and why. Think back to when you used to tout the importance of double-blind, peer-reviewed work and you’ll know where I stand.

    • Not at all, Terry; on global warming, you are a religious zealot with the thin cover provided by knowledge of the jargon of science.

      Remember what happens to the theory of gravity when you throw up a ball and it fails to come back down?

      Do we have to visit that sorry ground all over again?

      You are right about my obsession with religion. Do you remember any religious, quasi-religious movement that darkened the skies of my whole adult life?

  6. Terry Amburgey says:

    I’m not the religious zealot. If the climate is warming it’s warming. If it’s cooling it’s cooling. If whatever is happening is happening because of cow flatulence so be it. What I’m a zealot about is how we [as a species] go about finding out what’s happening, if anything, and if something is happening why it is happening. Not just for the climate but for anything and everything.

  7. JC Mullis says:

    Jacques, My position on “man made” Global Warming/Climate Change is that it is worth looking at. However, to date there is no convincing data that points to a need for a massive global expenditure of wealth to fight it. I especially hate paying dramatically more of my income for gasoline and home heating/cooling just so some people can feel good about themselves and others can make Billions of dollars (Vice President Gore and friends).

    What interests me is how diametrically opposed the two sides of the climate debate are. I just read an article titled “Critical Thinking” by an Indian named Jayant Bhandari at http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1128 His theory is that irrational cultural conditioning and indoctrination leave individuals with mental constructs (blinders) that literally prevent otherwise rational people from seeing the facts before them. He believes that America has undergone a cultural degeneration in which reason and evidence have been replaced by dogma and unverified belief systems (which are protected by a lack of critical thinking). American cultures’ current blinders are political correctness and collectivism. Which if not challenged will lead us to retrace our steps back to a medieval period. Possibly a medieval “warming” period. Oh, but the IPGCC said that didn’t actually happen.

  8. Sure thing, Terry.

    Do you agree with the following:

    The average temperature was higher in Greenland around 1100 than it is now. Y/N

    The total production of CO2 by humans in and around Greenland in 1100 and any time before was much lower than it is now. Y/N

    Factors other than human- generated CO2 raise temperature. Y/N

    In order to demonstrate a link between levels of human- generated CO2 and temperatures, one need to take into account other factors of temperature change. T/F

    The addition of a single factor to a model showing temperature to be related to human-generated CO2 may be enough to eliminate the reality of such a relationship. T/F

    Scientists with appropriate credentials who assert that increased human-generated CO2 has caused global temperature to rise have done an excellent job of taking into account other factors of temperature rise. T/F

    Note: “excellent” because the seriousness of the policy changes believers advocate cannot be supported by “pretty good” controls. This is a subjective judgment, of course, a philosophical and a political judgment. If you would be satisfied with “pretty good, ” you should say so, without playing games.

    Any alleged relationship between human CO2 level and temperature does have any immediate importance if temperature has not been rising. T/F

    By and large, industrial capitalism has been responsible for a historically sudden and very large improvement in the standard of living of most humans. T/F

    Please, fill in (fill us in, so to speak);

    In the last twenty years, mean global temperatures have increased by _______________

    • Terry Amburgey says:

      Y
      Y
      Y
      T
      T
      T [in my opinion]
      T [assuming you meant does not]
      T
      Fill-in-the-blank: I don’t know. It shows up in the double-blind peer-reviewed article you and I went over here where you concluded ‘yes temperatures are increasing but by a trivial amount’. It’s just as easy for you to find as me.

      • Thank you, Terry. Your answers again on the following:

        Any alleged relationship between human CO2 level and temperature does have any immediate importance if temperature has not been rising. T/F

        By and large, industrial capitalism has been responsible for a historically sudden and very large improvement in the standard of living of most humans. T/F

  9. Thank you J.C.

    I also think that the relationship between climate change and human activity is worth looking at. However, there has to be climate change. If there isn’t what can we look at?

    There must have been a time when horoscopes too were worth looking at. After a while, you have to begin admitting that there isn’t anything there. In addition, the behavior of proponents has a lot to do with the creed’s legitimacy. If the cause is good, you don’t have to lie for it. You don’t even have to be unclear or twisted.

    Bhandari and I are pulling the same cart on different roads. I also recommends his writings. This posture is not as presumptuous as it sounds. Rationalism remains an option for most people even those who act like true believers. It takes only a handful to keep that option alive.

  10. Terry Amburgey says:

    @JC Mullis
    “Possibly a medieval “warming” period. Oh, but the IPGCC said that didn’t actually happen.”

    I’m not sure that it shows up in IPCC reports but I’m pretty sure a medieval warming period is in the medium term temperature records. Jacques’ favorite anecdata about Greenland Vikings eating beef shows up as I recall.

  11. Terry Amburgey says:

    “Thank you, Terry. Your answers again on the following:

    Any alleged relationship between human CO2 level and temperature does have any immediate importance if temperature has not been rising. T/F

    By and large, industrial capitalism has been responsible for a historically sudden and very large improvement in the standard of living of most humans. T/F”

    For the first question I have to assume you meant to say:
    Any alleged relationship between human CO2 level and temperature does NOT have any immediate importance if temperature has not been rising. T/F
    T
    For #2: T
    I hope that resolves any ambiguity

  12. Thank you, but , I am sorry it does not resolve. Can you just say T or F
    T or F

    and then, voice any comment on either?

    JUst want to be 100%clear in spite of my won shortcomings.

    Sorry, I have to go enjoy my share of global warming in the ocean.

  13. Terry Amburgey says:

    Sigh.
    Version 1. Any alleged relationship between human CO2 level and temperature does have any immediate importance if temperature has not been rising. T/F
    Answer: this is not a meaningful sentence in the English language. It’s what’s called gibberish. Clue: the source of the problem is in the “…does have any…”. My answer to your gibberish sentence is: bicycle.

    Version 2. Any alleged relationship between human CO2 level and temperature does NOT have any immediate importance if temperature has not been rising. T/F
    Answer: Although awkwardly formed this is at least a meaniful sentence in the English language. My answer to your awkwardly formed question is: T.

    Suggested Version: Any alleged relationship between human CO2 level and temperature has no immediate importance if temperature has not been rising. T/F
    Answer: T

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