Peter Shumlin: The Global Cooling Caveman

Peter Shumlin, who must have secretly always wanted to be a scientician, but instead ended up working on the family farm like all native Putney residents, might have to go buy himself some shoes with really bouncy soles so he can ably survive his eventual jumping off the global warming bandwagon:

Environmentalist Lawrence Solomon writing in the Financial Post cites the fact that solar activity

Livin' Larger Than Gore

Livin’ Larger Than Gore

is currently decreasing at one of the fastest rates as anytime the last 10,000 years. Because of this, he says many scientists are actually reverting from the mantra of global warming and are now subscribing to the possibility of global cooling as occurring.

Well, first of all, Mr. Solomon is wrong in that solar activity doesn’t cause the climate to change – Ford F350’s do, and Subaru Outbacks do not. I hope that’s clear by now. But let’s continue:

“Now an increasing number of scientists are swinging back to the thinking of the 1960s and 1970s,” Solomon writes. “The global cooling hypothesis may have been right after all, they say. Earth may be entering a new Little Ice Age.”

He further goes on to note that Columbia University’s George Kukla- who warned the US government about the dangers of global cooling back in 1972 claimed that global warming “always precedes an ice age… The warming we saw in the 1980s and 1990s, in other words, was expected all along, much as the calm before the storm.”

So, when Peter said the following in 2006, he was (gasp!) wrong?

“And I think that everything that we do is related to the biggest question which is: what do we do to preserve this planet for our children and our grandchildren? This is serious stuff. The polar ice cap is melting. The climate is changing. Our entire survival is on the line: farms, the ski industry, jobs. Everything relates to this really important question and someone’s got to raise their voice about it.”

Yes, especially someone looking to become Vermont’s governor, or a future US Senator, and possibly someone who might want to unload a lot of under-selling snowblowers. But wait – Peter’s actually baffled how anyone can disagree with his conclusions! Let’s continue:

“I remain baffled as to how anyone – Democrat, Republican, Progressive – can look at the evidence that’s before our eyes, look at the scientific data and not have this be the top priority of everything that we do, not only in government, but in our own personal and private lives.”  

Should improve the flavor of English food, though. So there's that.

Should improve the flavor of English food, though. So there’s that.

Will Peter look at the new evidence in front of his eyes, and start making changes to immediately begin heating the planet back up? Will the governor now build coal-fired plants on scenic Vermont ridgelines in order to increase global warming, and bring Vermont back into a natural balance that only a man with the right political and family business experience can achieve? Is there nothing that cannot be solved by a self-selected consensus and a gaggle of politicians who are looking for something to hang their hat on in order to get back to the same comfy chair next year?

But Peter, speaking truth to anti-warming power, admonishes the climate deniers thusly:

“We’ve got to come out of the cave on this one.”

I’m not sure where Peter lives, or where he thinks Vermonters live, but I’m almost certain the bulk of us do not live in caves. We can all rest easier, especially those of us who have been frantically and recently cave-shopping, because Peter Shumlin, The Light-Bringer, has demonstrated the courage of his convictions, and told us to pay a surcharge on our electric bill that helps fund a global warming advocacy agency that actively hides under the aegis of energy conservation.

That’s the kind of cave I can come out of. Or from.  Whatever Peter wants me to do, I guess.  If it rains, should I go back in the cave?  His instructions are unclear in this area.

What I’d really like to see is Shumlin stick to his scientific convictions and reverse every single thing he’s ever said about global warming, because, after all, Peter’s got to come out of the cave on this one.  Along with the rest of Vermonters who would really like to point out that Emperor Peter needs a new set of scientific truths to dress himself up in, else he be mistaken for yet another carpet-bagging politician, eager to sell something we don’t need in order to enrich his own political career.

Oh, and as a response to Peter’s hyper-ventiliations in 2011 following Irene – 2013 was the least

Whoops.  Mixed signals on the whole cooling/warming thing there.  My bad.

Whoops. Mixed signals on the whole cooling/warming thing there. My bad.

active hurricane season in 30 years.  So, what legislation will Peter now propose in 2014 to fix the weather, simply through the power of the governor’s office, based on the latest scientific data?

Vermont awaits your scientifically-based leadership, Peter.  Don’t let us down.  Again.

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