Dilbert joins the climate realists

Not quite the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Climate Change (see “MIT joins climate realists, doubles its projection of global warming by 2100 to 5.1°C“) and not quite the UK’s Met Office (see “Hadley Center: Catastrophic 5-7°C warming by 2100 on current emissions path“).

But I think he gets more readers.

What’s really funny is that a standard slide I use (see video here) compares the large and growing U.S. funding for health R&D with the small and (until recently) shrinking energy R&D, to which I comment: “We may not solve the global warming problem, but at least we’ll live long enough to see how screwed we are.”

Perhaps I need a new category, “gallows humor.”

2 Responses to Dilbert joins the climate realists

  1. Greg Robie says:

    It is interesting how “gallows humor” resonates, and living such that the gallows are avoided evokes avoidance. If a laugh makes us feel good, and does so quickly, what would be the motivation to engage in the harder route to feel better, and risk maybe never feeling good?

    This question brings to mind a mantra from the ’60s, “if it feels good, do it,” which is exactly how we have lived.

  2. paulm says:

    This is one reason why nuclear is bad news…the temptation to extend there use in to the danger phase is irresistible.

    What will happen to the many nuclear plants that will be left abandond when civil unrest sweeps nations? Nuclear is a Nightmare.

    Leaky Nuclear Research Facility Stirs Debate in Canada

    The reactor … has been in operation for nearly 52 years.

    Two successor reactors which were to replace it have been abandoned because of engineering and financial problems. And recently, the reactor at Chalk River has gone through a particularly bad patch. There have been three leaks at the facility since December.