Video: My Interview On Climate, Obama, Keystone, and Language Intelligence

I routinely repost climate de-crocks from Peter Sinclair. But last week, the uber-videographer turned the camera on me:

It is amazing how much more persuasive anyone sounds when they get professionally edited with graphs and clips thrown in. Which coincidentally segues me into my book Language Intelligence: Lessons on persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga, which is available on Kindle and print-on-demand paperback and audio book.


8 Responses to Video: My Interview On Climate, Obama, Keystone, and Language Intelligence

  1. todd tanner says:

    Excellent interview. Peter is indeed tremendous, but credit goes to both parties. It’s a lot easier to polish a piece of silver than to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

  2. john atcheson says:

    Great piece!

  3. Sasparilla says:

    That was a fantastic interview Joe and Peter, thanks for posting it.

  4. Arctic ice cap goes, jet stream comes unhinged, seasonal rainfall diverges from age-old patterns, agriculture fails. It’s that simple. The only real question is, how long do we have to protect that last precious skim of white at the top of the globe?

    Great job laying it out, Joe. I’m glad you didn’t dwell on adaptation. Adaptation without concurrent wholesale reductions in GHGs would be a colossal misallocation of resources.

    Worse, it’ll be another “Solyndra” argument for the right wing. In the panic after agriculture collapses, they’ll be looking for people to blame (which pretty much defines right-wing mentality). “See,” they’ll say, “government dumped all this money into climate change measures, and they didn’t do any good. The government can’t pick winners, like we said. All they did was waste our treasure and weaken us.”

    Because, with agriculture in collapse, the international economy will collapse, too. We’ll be in for a lot of social unrest and inter-country competition, otherwise known as war.

  5. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    And the blameless will know whodunnit.

  6. Joe Romm says:

    Well, I don’t think that is how it plays out.

  7. The agriculture part or the right-wing reaction part? In either case, I hope you’re correct. But it seems a very plausible pathway for events to follow.

    We’ve already seen the jet stream get very wiggy. Last March, nighttime low temps in northern states exceeded all-time record highs for the month. That caused some early blooms which were out of sync with the pollinators, and then there were some later freezes. We have our ongoing drought, with grain yields down by about 10% last year. Russia lost 40% of its wheat crop in 2010.

    And don’t forget a rogue lobe of the jet stream kicked Sandy dead west.

    No, it’s not all caused by perturbations in the jet stream. But a lot of it is the jet stream, and the ice is only shrunken, not gone. When the Arctic inverts from heat reflector to heat absorber, and the temperature gradient that channels the jet stream weakens so that the channel gets much, much broader, that could really change the flow pattern of the jet stream, and the associated seasonal highs and lows that drive the rainfall patterns the northern hemisphere depends on.

    Check with Dr. Jeff Masters at Weather Underground, or Dr. Mark Serreze at the NSIDC.

    As far as the right-wing reaction: there’s just too much resentment out there. Some of it seems pretty fringey, but the Tea Party has become mainstream. They’re on the retreat for now, but it won’t take much to provoke a resurgence. Self-styled militias, 300 million guns in circulation (with the notion that we need MORE guns to stop gun violence–sort of like adding more fossil fuels to reduce GHGs), Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck. If the weather gets really weird, if we see another Great Depression, if the Third World, largely Muslim, blames the West for the climate disaster and launches a terror attack on us–well, it’s just too easy to connect the dots.

    But I hope this chain of events doesn’t happen.