This is amusing because ALEC has no stance on the climate change myth. ALEC is concerned only with tailoring legislation and regulations that are business friendly, which includes fighting business-strangling regulations designed to combat the mythical climate change chimera. In actuality, Shell simply caved under pressure from Common Cause and the Union of Concerned “Scientists,” who see the bugaboo of “climate change denial” in any effort to curtail such harmful and unnecessary regulations.
As the article goes on, the satire gets deeper. I particularly liked “Ten of the warmest years on record have occurred in the last 12 years.” This is hilarious since everyone knows, of course, that for the last 15 years winters have been getting progressively longer and more severe throughout the world. Furthermore, there are many who are aware that the warmest years on record occurred during the solar warming cycle of the 1930s, with the hottest month ever recorded being July 1936.
And “glaciers and ice sheets are melting all over the world and oceans are rising as a result” made me burst out in laughter. Everyone knows that more and more sea water is being locked up in polar ice every year. The north polar ice cap has grown 50% in the last two years and is still growing, and the south polar ice cap is growing so fast that a few years ago it swallowed up the ship of some Australian econuts who had gone to Antarctica to “study the effects of global warming.”
And “Climate change deniers often say we’re just in a warmer meteorological cycle” is classic satire. First of all, they characterize normal people as “climate change deniers,” as if there were actually something to deny. And then they portray them as saying we’re in a warming cycle, when all normal people know, of course, that we’re currently in a solar cooling cycle.
And “The U.S. is second to China in total man-produced emissions of the gas considered the top climate change culprit” was priceless. Everyone knows that water vapor is the only gas that controls the surface temperature of the earth, and that carbon dioxide, at 1/50 the atmospheric concentration of water, couldn’t possibly have any effect on our temperature.
Their “each day humans pour 80 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,” however, was a bit of a reach. Many people don’t know that 97% of atmospheric carbon dioxide comes from natural processes beyond human control, and that if the entire human race were to vanish from the earth tomorrow, the reduction in carbon dioxide would be only 3%.
I should like to suggest that the Chronicle needs to be more careful in future satyrical pieces. There may be some people out there who are actually stupid enough to take satire seriously and buy into the global warming scam.