The Titanic is remembered for many things. Being unsinkable is one of them, and the dedication to duty of the members of her band who provided musical accompaniment as the ship went down is widely known. The sinking occurred in the dark very early on the morning of April 15, 1912, in a part of the North Atlantic where icebergs are at their worst from April through June. The Titanic nevertheless proceeded at full speed. It has been suggested that the fatal iceberg came from Greenland, “where large ice chunks are known to break off, or ‘calve,’ from glaciers and float south.”
Nearly a century ago, nobody blamed global warming, since the notion had not yet been invented. Nor for that matter had Al Gore gotten around to being born, much less to taking “the initiative in creating the Internet.” It was therefore an ignorant and uninformed age. Now, of course, nearly every social and economic ill, from terrorism down to and including prostitution, has been shown to be caused by global warming. Indeed, global warming may be even worse than the terrorism and prostitution which it breeds, and second only to global nuclear war.
It might be possible to draw an analogy between the Titanic and the United States, or even Western society in general. However, this article merely deals with anthropogenic global warming. Despite the dubious science and the tip of an iceberg of emails and other documents not intended for the public eye which the Good Ship Global Warming has now struck, the band plays on. The almost deafening chorus of affirmers continues to sing; a bit off-key at the moment, but loudly nonetheless.
Undaunted by the cacophony of deniers trying to sink them in a sea of skepticism, the United States still intends bravely to:
propose an emissions reduction target at a UN climate change summit in Copenhagen next month, the White House said Monday.
About the the Copenhagen “summit,” which he will attend, President Obama said:
Our aim there is … not a partial accord or a political declaration, but rather an accord that covers all the issues in the negotiations and one that has immediate operational effect.
The United States will make a meaningful submission — a real plan:
The White House heads into the talks with confidence.
“I think we go into Copenhagen with a very, very strong hand,” said one of the officials. “We have done I think more than anyone could have expected us to do in a short time.” …
“The Obama administration will be able to say to the world we are no longer going to preach temperance from a bar stool. We are now ready to begin to make a commitment.”
Platitudes somewhat divorced from reality, perhaps? Hacked icebergs? Maybe the time when the Good Ship Global Warming sinks is upon us.