Monday's HOT MIC
I was going to lead with something like "But I'm not laughing." But then I read the Oren Cass's Sunday essay for the WSJ, and I actually LOLed at the climate goons.
Guys, we're about to get pwned by Mongolia.
The best illustration lies deep in a 2015 paper published in Nature by professors from Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. They found that warm countries tended to experience lower economic growth in abnormally warm years, while cold countries experienced higher growth in such years. Applying that relationship to a much warmer world of the future, they concluded that unmitigated climate change would likely reduce global GDP by more than 20% from what it otherwise would reach by century’s end.
That is roughly an order of magnitude higher than prior estimates, and it has received widespread media attention. But it is as preposterous as it is stunning.
While the world economy stagnates, the model projects, cold countries will achieve almost unimaginable wealth. Iceland supposedly will achieve annual per capita income of $1.5 million by 2100, more than double that of any other country except Finland ($860,000). Mongolia, which currently ranks 118th in per capita income, is supposed to rise to seventh, at which point the average Mongolian will earn four times as much as the average American. Canada’s economy becomes seven times as large as China’s.
The technical term to describe this analysis is “silly.”
Silly is the best they've got.
Although just like he was with "Idiocracy," Mike Judge was years ahead of reality with "King of the Hill." In one early episode, Hank or one of the guys mentioned global warming (back when we still called it that), and Dale Gribble boasted in his best conspiracy voice, "We'll grow oranges in Alaska."