That was Toles’ sketchpad “outtake” cartoon that didn’t make it into the paper. And here is his self-proclaimed final rant on climate:
This will be my last rant about the climate. Cartoonists sometimes look just like the archetypical cartoon character crawling across the desert. Gary Larson did a cartoon about two guys crawling across a desert, dying of thirst. They have come upon a drinking fountain. One is letting it run without drinking and saying he’s going to let it run until it gets cold. That’s about as sensible as the debate on climate change.
We are apparently going to let the debate on the science run until hell freezes over. If you can’t accept the conclusions of 98 percent of the scientists whose FIELD IT IS, then why even bother with science? If that high a percentage of field of study is to be discounted ENTIRELY, then we are in deep trouble, which, of course, we are. It would be so simple if it were just a matter of ignoring the yelping commenters hereabouts: “Move on, Mr. Cartoonist! Chill out Tommy! There are more important things to worry about!”
Really? Which would those things be? This may be the only political issue whose results could be catastrophic PERMANENTLY. But the deliberate dust storm thrown up by fossil-fuel-centric interests has succeeded in contaminating and paralyzing the American response. Quite a victory for the deniers! It looks like mass-suicide to me. And so, my final rant on climate. Except not really. There has to be a drinking fountain out there somewhere. –Tom Toles
Tom Tomorrow’s terrific cartoon in Salon is titled “Reality: Who needs it! Now that it’s been denied, distorted and rewritten, maybe it’s time to jettison the whole concept.”
Plus a bonus Toles titled “Election digest“:
- Best Toles cartoon ever
- Toles on record heat, extreme weather, climate bill and how “Everyone feels entitled to their own science now.”