Apparently, we’re going to be talking a little bit more about climate change in general after the last article discussing when the Left might actually stop saying that a summit or conference is the “last chance” to “save the planet”. Why? Because Michael Bloomberg recently held a supposed “art” event in which he flew in 24 large chunks of ice from Greenland to London, where they would melt to signify climate change is real.
However, if you have anywhere near a double-digit IQ, you can probably come up with a good number of things wrong with this entire stunt.
Michael Bloomberg tweeted: “Public art reminds us that it’s possible to think differently and boldly. With #COP24 (a climate summit) underway in Poland, our hope is that #IceWatchLondon, a public art piece by Olafur Eliasson with support from BloombergDotOrg, will inspire new action on climate.”
If by “think differently and boldly” he means not thinking whatsoever both in terms of science and the cost (not even monetary) of transporting a lot of huge chunks of ice far away, then sure, that’s “thinking differently and boldly”.
First of all, and perhaps the biggest reason I say this is the dumbest piece of “evidence” of climate change is the fact that ice tends to melt at anything above freezing temperatures (0 degrees Celsius). I actually read this story earlier in the week, so it’s not exactly new, but I was recently reminded of this and felt like it would make sense to highlight just why this is so stupid.
You see, by the time I read about the melting point of ice in order to reply to a tweet about this event, it was already pretty late in London time. Don’t remember the exact time, but it was nighttime for certain. I made sure to check my weather app on my phone to see what the temperature was in London in Celsius. It was 3 degrees.
So during the night, it was still hot enough for ice to melt. Showing that ice melts anywhere where it’s not literally freezing is not a sign that climate change is happening or that it’s caused by mankind. It’s a sign that whoever is making this argument is a blockhead.
But that’s simply the logical aspect of this entire debacle. Ice melts at anything above 0 degrees. But I also said that this is a costly endeavor.
Well, apart from this obviously taking a good amount of money, as would hauling anything large from one part of the world to another would be (and he did that with 24 of these ice chunks), I’m also talking about this being costly for the environment… that Bloomberg and the people attending the Polish climate conference are trying to protect.
I used MyClimate.org to calculate how much CO2 is released in a one-way trip from Greenland (Nuuk, particularly) to London’s Heathrow Airport. I calculated that such a trip releases 0.618 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere… for a single passenger aboard economy class. Aboard business class, it’s 1.2 metric tons and first class, it’s 1.9 tons.
Now, I have no idea why it makes a difference what sort of class you use. I don’t think it really would matter where you sit inside a plane. I think it would emit about the same amount regardless of where you sit. The only thing I could possibly think would affect it is the number of passengers aboard, the weight of the passengers and the total weight of the luggage including carry-on. But the science behind that is largely irrelevant to my point.
What I was talking about was referring to a single person aboard a plane. Bloomberg hauled TWENTY FOUR MASSIVE pieces of ice from Greenland. Being extremely conservative, Bloomberg released at least 12 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere for this. And that’s if the ice chunks all weigh what an average human would which is definitely not the case here.
Ironically, that’s nothing compared to the actual emissions from holding the conference in Poland and having people attend it in the first place.
The Daily Signal says that the two-week conference emitted over 55,000 metric tons of CO2.
“The U.N. estimates the summit, called COP24, will emit 55,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide – the very greenhouse gas U.N. officials are trying to keep from accumulating in the atmosphere. Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures, that’s the equivalent of more than 11,700 cars driving for one year or 728 tanker trucks worth of gasoline. That amount of carbon dioxide emissions is also the same as 8,243 American homes for an entire year, according to EPA,” reported The Daily Signal.
That, by the way, excludes the cost (in gas emissions) of travel to and from the conference, which is sure to add a lot because most COP24 attendees “flew on private planes to and from the conference” according to the Daily Wire.
If First Class means dishing out more CO2 (for some reason) then these people flying in private planes definitely contribute significantly more to carbon dioxide emissions.
As I said in the last article, it’s largely “shame on thee, but not on me” with regard to these people.
So the conference-goers who are oh so worried about our precious climate that they feel it necessary to impose taxes and other things on people to get them to stop polluting so much send out far more CO2 into the atmosphere than you or I would on an individual basis in more than a year.
Same thing goes for Michael Bloomberg. I mean, ignoring the fact that it’s an insanely stupid argument that there’s proof of climate change because ice melts when you take it into a climate with higher natural temperatures (no duh, Sherlock), he himself is contributing an awful lot of carbon dioxide emissions in his efforts to prove that we should not emit so much carbon dioxide.
It’s incredibly dumb no matter what way you slice it. It makes a dumb argument and it makes that argument in a really dumb and ironic way.
Not that Bloomberg will stop to think “maybe hauling 24 large chunks of ice from Greenland to London to make an argument about climate change might be contributing to the very thing I’m claiming is real”. Much like Obama delivering an environmental message while aboard Air Force One, there is zero sense of self-awareness.
That goes for both Bloomberg and the climate conference-goers.
The reality is that, while I think the climate does change over time, there is nothing we, human beings, do that actually affects it to such extreme degrees. Like I said in the last article covering climate change, the fact that we’ve had five major ice ages in the past is indicative that we are not responsible for the changes in the world’s climate.
We have gone through periods of extreme cold and warmth. What we do has next to no effect on our climate.
But as I said in the last article, this isn’t about the climate or you or me. It’s not even about them being right. It’s about them being in control. That’s the ultimate goal.
“O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.”
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