Monday, March 11, 2013

Wake up

Ok, either Al Gore IS COMPLETELY FULL OF SHIT and is living in a fictional reality that is ten times more hilariously out of touch with the facts than Mayan cult worshipers and Doomsday preppers...or we're totally fucked.

Am I the only one who read the final chapter of Gore's book "The Future" and felt like the condom full of cocaine that I had swallowed suddenly ruptured as the border police questioned me in a small room? The chapter is titled "The Edge" and it even specifically targets my pathetic hydro-fracking career....
"...the fracking process results in the leakage of enormous quantities of methane which is 72X as potent as CO2 in trapping heat in the atmosphere..."

Methane and Hydrogen Sulfide are closely linked but H2S isn't mentioned in the fracking section. I guess Gore hasn't worked on a instrumentation team in the shale field...

My favorite part says, "Due to the total volume of methane leakage....virtually all the benefit natural gas might have because of its lower carbon content compared to coal is negated."


Or how about this..."Between 1977 and 2001, 80% of the coral reefs in the Caribbean were lost." Or the announcement that half of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia had died in the last 27 years.

Acidification....desertification...carbonization....corrosive...melting...drought....famine....pestilence....child mortality...global warming....

The index reads like a tree hugger's worst nightmare.

But as I read about the evidence Gore has compiled to support his claims that the ship is sinking I came on a term that had me scratching my head in puzzlement..."Superstorm Sandy."
It was clear that Gore was referring to something that was supposed to be common knowledge...like the meteor that hit near the Yucatan and exterminated all life about 65 million years ago or the volcano of Tambora that erupted in 1815 and caused global crop failure....but for a moment I had no idea what Superstorm Sandy referred to.

My memory returned and then I realized that's the central problem. Texas is so big that it would be hard to keep track of every disaster that happened in Texas. I swear the dominant theory is that Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey...because it isn't Texas. And because it isn't Texas it has no place in our mindset. "We have enough problems of our own..." And WE DO have enough problems of our own. We actually do have more problems than New Jersey folks can comprehend. And the border wars, drug trafficking, wild hogs...methane reserves and lack of water in Texas never cross the minds of your average person in New Jersey. So why would a Texan pay much attention to Superstorm Sandy? I watched a few hours of the storm coverage and that put me a few hours ahead of almost every person I worked with. Several had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned the storm.
"What storm?"
"The one on the East Coast."
"Was it bad?"
"It pretty much destroyed Atlantic City."
"Where's that?"

And it went on and on until I stopped caring and eventually forgot it happened. It had no impact on my life at all.

Incidentally, my desperate attempt to voyage to Ellesmere Island in 2012 to raise awareness about the plight of the Arctic Wolf coincided with the first summer in 4.5 billion years that the North Pole could be crossed by ship...it was completely in sync with the ecological pulse and was met with almost 100% disapproval. What could have been a historic event ended up as more evidence that if you go against the grain of conventional idiocy be prepared to grin and eat shit. Gore is another perfect example, he has to spend at least 200 pages reiterating the exact same information he was called an asshole for writing in "An Inconvenient Truth"....and he's still only reporting facts that the "liars for hire" such as Inhofe and Fox and Limbaugh and Bush attempt to discredit with lubricated bullshit spouted from their poisonous gullets. My point is that this centralist thinking is contagious...so hopefully telescopic thinking like Gore's is also virulent.

I could go on but if Gore's book doesn't affect you then consider yourself in good company with every hog killing Texan.
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