Jul 29

I know it’s redundant, but these folks are serious.

He once approached Brock Evans, a pioneering force at the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, and asked how Evans got all of it, or any of it, done.

“Endless pressure endlessly applied,” Evans replied. Houck pilfered the tagline and adopted the philosophy.

A good reminder of what we are up against.

The source is here.

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Feb 02

Green blogger laments the reality facing environmentalists: ‘The truth is, it’s very difficult to get most people to care.’

By Editor carbon offsets, environmentalists Comments Off on Green blogger laments the reality facing environmentalists: ‘The truth is, it’s very difficult to get most people to care.’

The blogger at carbon offset monger, TerraPass, says environmentalists are “horribly off-message”, and that they haven’t made much progress in successfully communicating their message:

In a former life I was a journalist for a national radio news program. Stories about the environment were always difficult to put on air. Whether the topic was rainforests, pollution, ozone, endangered species or one of so many other things that falls to the Environment Desk, we always struggled to make it sound interesting and relevant. The truth is, it’s very difficult to get most people to care.

Now that the man-made global warming science has been exposed via Climategate > Glaciergate > Amazongate > (please insert any “gate” I’ve forgotten in here), their messaging has been made yet more difficult. And for that they can blame the “scientists”.

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Feb 02

A Mother Nature Network blogger wonders:

The question is worth asking. You’d have to be pretty tone deaf not to realize the score to which we’ve all been dancing has hit a few sour notes of late: the failure of the Copenhagen COP-15 talks, Climategate, and last week’s State of the Union address (with its litany of nukes, coal, and offshore drilling).An unfortunate series of temporary setbacks, perhaps.

The problem with being a one-issue movement is it only takes a single game changer to bring everything to a standstill.

Do you suppose he could be referring to Climategate? 😉

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Oct 05

From The Oregonian:

The environmentalists, whose latest interest in matters of the toilet extends to the satanic pleasure of fluffy toilet paper, are laughable.

There may be carbon-based concern regarding wood-pulp use. If so, add such impacts to a carbon tax that allows fluffy toilet paper to compete with other carbon problems related to human activity.

Global warming is indeed a serious problem worthy of a serious, comprehensive solution. I would hope a more sane approach would build on our creativity, respond to our preferences and allow for differing utilities to be built into a market price.

The latest silly attempt at micro-managing our behavior by regulating the construction of toilet paper, however, reveals a petty totalitarian impulse in the environmental movement.

This impulse will do no good for our economy, our freedom or the environment.

KENNETH UPTON
Southwest Portland

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May 07

Eco-sailors rescued by oil tanker acknowledge irony of their situation; due to arrive in Portland, Maine tomorrow

By Editor environmentalists, Greenland, irony Comments Off on Eco-sailors rescued by oil tanker acknowledge irony of their situation; due to arrive in Portland, Maine tomorrow

Yesterday, news broke of the three eco-sailors who were rescued by an oil tanker after they aborted their efforts to sail to Greenland in a supposedly carbon-neutral way.

In the future it’s likely that when people look up the word “irony” in the dictionary, they will see these photos:

Yes, these foolish lads define irony.  But, at least they are acknowledging it.  Here’s the last update from their (Carbon Neutral Expeditions) team:

Date: Saturday 2nd May 2009

Time: 15:58

Health: Fine

I have just received a phone call from Rich onboard the tanker, here is a transcript of would he would like to say;

We regret to inform you that the CNE Greenland expedition 2009 has been abandoned due to repeated, irreparable storm damage to our sailing vessel Fleur; in the north Atlantic we experienced some of the harshest conditions known, over a period of 36 hours with winds gusting hurricane force 12.

At 1000hrs on 1st May 2009 the decision was made that the risk to our own personal safety was too great to continue and a rescue was coordinated with Falmouth coastguard. The team are now safely and ironically aboard the oil tanker Overseas Yellowstone. The ship’s captain and crew are being fantastic hosts we are due to be in port in Portland Maine USA towards the end of next week. The CNE team would like to give heartfelt thanks to Falmouth and Irish Coastguards for their professionalism in the rescue operation.

Press please contact Jess Tombs at email address: jesstombs@hotmail.co.uk

Update will follow when details are known.

Felix

This report says that they are to indeed arrive in Portland, Maine (approximately?) tomorrow.  Perhaps some AGW skeptic Mainiacs can greet them in port.

On April 29, the skipper, Ben Stoddart, gave this final dispatch that they were encountering “choppy waters”:

29 Apr 2009 17:05:24

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Now heading north in an attempt to pass north of a depression which is heading for us, expected tomorrow, which will mean more choppy waters ahead – so may be too bouncy for updates for a day or too – we’ll see how things go

Yes, we did see how things went. The whole world saw how things went.

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May 05

All of the latest public opinion polls have indicated that the public is not alarmed at all about global warming, doesn’t believe it exists, or if it does it’s that it’s not caused by man.  Moreover, a computer model commissioned by GORE LIED indicates that disbelief in man-made global warming will completely disappear by 2020.

That’s not to say that there won’t be a few dead-enders, of course – and here’s one.  Meet Gillian Caldwell, who writes at HuffPo:

I have spent my lifetime face to face with some of the most brutal and inhumane acts ever committed, but nothing has been as traumatizing for me as trying to get action to tackle the climate crisis.

As a long time human rights defender and prior Executive Director at WITNESS, I helped produce and direct films on rape as a weapon of war and amputations in Sierra Leone’s recent bloody conflict, I conducted an undercover investigation into the Russian mafia’s involvement in trafficking women for forced prostitution, I investigated hit squads in apartheid South Africa, and I spent countless hours in editing rooms watching first hand images of death, destruction, and devastation.

But spending my days and nights trying to get our country to tackle global warming is more emotionally demanding than any job I have ever done.

When I was at WITNESS, people used to say “The work you do must be so difficult. How do you manage?” to which I would respond “Well, I can see the results. And it’s not as bad as environmental work would be!” What I meant when I said that five years ago is that I felt overwhelmed by our inexorable march to “pave it all” — parking lot by parking lot, McDonald’s by Wal-Mart. Continue reading »

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Feb 03

World going to the dogs: Environmentalists say having more than 2 kids will destroy planet. Meantime, an Oregon mayor moves to drop a 2 dog limit

By Editor dogs, environmentalists, over-population Comments Off on World going to the dogs: Environmentalists say having more than 2 kids will destroy planet. Meantime, an Oregon mayor moves to drop a 2 dog limit

Fox News reported yesterday:

Couples who have more than two children are being “irresponsible” by creating an unbearable burden on the environment, the British government’s green adviser warned.

Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government’s Sustainable Development Commission, says curbing population growth through contraception and abortion must be at the heart of policies to fight global warming.

Meantime, The Albany Democrat-Herald also reported yesterday:

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa will ask the city council to repeal a restriction on the number of dogs people can have in their homes.

Konopa said she has heard so many reasons to do away with the limit that she has started plans to do just that.

For the past 25 years, the city code has limited households to two adult dogs.

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