New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wants people to know how scary climate change is, so he and about 50 bazillionaires are traveling the world in a private jet to warn people.
Rather than writing about climate change from the offices of the New York Times, this week Kristof filed his story from Easter Island. Kristof discussed how the island’s natives deforested the place, making it unlivable. He then used that as a parable for climate change.
“The consequences may be a transformed planet with rising waters and hotter weather, dying coral reefs and more acidic oceans. We fear for the ocean food chain and worry about feedback loops that will irreversibly accelerate this process, yet still we act like Easter Islanders hacking down their trees,” Kristof wrote.
Apparently, using a private plane to take 50 people on vacation to visit these sites to spread awareness — rather than, you know, writing an article linking to Easter Island’s wiki — does not count as acting like Easter Islanders.
Climate change alarmists are absolutely convinced that we must all make drastic changes to our lifestyle. Us, not them.
Kristof and company could easily have flown commercial and still filed the exact same article. Or not flown at all. If Kristof really believes what he is writing, then he should act accordingly. If he believes that the climate is changing and only mankind can stop it, then he, as a member of mankind, should do his part.
In the meantime, the rest of us are not going to give up life-extending, quality-of-life raising miracles based on computer-generated climate models that utterly failed to predict the present and even the past.
Prove that climate scientists know what they’re talking about first. Then prove that changes in behavior could have a measurable effect on the climate. Then show us that you are willing to live by these recommended changes. Then come talk to us.
Maybe then, we’ll be willing to listen. Until then, shut it. You’re just embarrassing yourself.