Best Toles cartoon ever

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Maybe Toles reads Climate Progress (see “The breakthrough technology illusion“).

Toles has been on fire lately.  Here’s more, starting with today’s “rant“:

Friday Rant, YOU edition

A little billowing cloud of brown. Mesmerizing. No, alarming. No, fatal. Fatal to one of the many infuriatingly lazy arguments against climate change. The one that says how “arrogant” it is to think that we mere humans could have an impact on something so BIG as the atmosphere. A drop in the bucket!

Well, the Gulf of Mexico is a pretty enormous bucket, and that little billowing brown cloud of oil is having PLENTY of impact. How long has it been? Weeks? Now how long have we been dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? And what would our plan be on capping THAT, again? How about if we let that gulf leak run for, say, a CENTURY or so? How would that be for you? Might that be a BAD thing? Oh, how “arrogant”!

Let’s all get outraged some more at the pathetic mumbling coming from the oil guy in the testifying chair. “Couldn’t foresee, didn’t think, didn’t realize, didn’t take steps, awfully sorry.” Well, when it comes to the climate, YOU are the guy in the testifying chair. Okay, now would you care to explain yourself?

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And one last one for the weekend:

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15 Responses to Best Toles cartoon ever

  1. Eric says:

    The comments on the Toles rant – (and on just about anything online regarding climate change, take http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/103737-climate-bill-teetering for example) – are just stunning, and sad. 80% are people spouting crap like “but we exhale CO2, what do you think about THAT, huh?!” – I really hope that it’s not an accurate cross-section of humanity, but I’m not sure anymore.

    I can’t believe that this fact of the physical world is seen as nothing but a partisan or ideological wedge. Sometimes I think Gore may have done the world an ultimate disservice since he is seen as a hated partisan figure by the right.

    I now think the enlightened Democrats will lose the fight to put any kind of limit on carbon in the pending energy bill. I’d love to see a provision put into the final bill that says ok, for those states w/ senators who refused to take action, you get no federal funds in the future to deal with adaptation – since it’s not real, after all, should be no problem right? Can’t Darwin at least help us out here?

  2. paulm says:

    #1 Richard, nice. The order is wrong though.

  3. There do seem to be lots of conservatives who are not capable of writing more than three sentences and who specialize in adding comments on major news sites.

    There was a story on yahoo news covering a minor, technical scientific paper about evolution, and there were hundreds of comments from creationists.

    I think it is not an accurate cross section of humanity. Just a cross section of uneducated grumpy old men who have nothing to do with their time after retirement.

  4. Dano says:

    What Charles said @ 4. There is a voting majority for energy change. Time to move on and ignore the 12% of Murricans stuck in ignorance. They won’t change no matter what.

    Best,

    D

  5. prokaryote says:

    The 2060 timemachine is exactly outlining our future.

  6. robhon says:

    Eric (#3)… I actually don’t think Gore did a disservice. I think he was just the brave one willing to stand up and be the lightning rod. It’s a no-win position to be the lightning rod but we’re probably better off because of it. Gore raised the level of awareness of this issue for both sides.

  7. robhon says:

    Sorry, that was directed at Eric (#2) not (#3).

  8. Anna Haynes says:

    > “The comments on the Toles rant…are just stunning”

    It’s chaff, and it’s being encouraged at the top. My local congressman exhorted folks to go out and “educate” their fellows.

  9. Steve Bloom says:

    Re #10: Limbaugh and his fellow wingnut talk radio hosts focus on that. I recall reading that the best way to get someone to invest in a lie is to get them to repeat it. There was even a recent psychological study (should’ve kept the link) showing that repeating a falsehood to others fires off the pleasure center in the brain.

  10. Eric says:

    robhon (#7) … well, true enough, overall Gore raised the level of awareness. If I had that time machine, though, I’d pick someone to do as good a job, who was not part of a bitter partisan struggle in Florida. :(

    Anna (#9) … I wonder if there is any point in, well, doing our part to educate in the same way. The thing is, though, you can link to noaa and nasa and well, they’re just part of the vast conspiracy, you see. Just like the devil, who planted the fossil record to tempt us.

  11. William T says:

    On the topic of what we should have done some decades ago…

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-16-2010/an-energy-independent-future

  12. Keisaku says:

    This is a very good post for me. I think you should add more video and pictures because it helps visitors :)

  13. talkpc says:

    Limbaugh and his fellow wingnut talk radio hosts focus on that. I recall reading that the best way to get someone to invest in a lie is to get them to repeat it. There was even a recent psychological study (should’ve kept the link) showing that repeating a falsehood to others fires off the pleasure center in the brain.

  14. Acronym List says:

    There was a story on yahoo news covering a minor, technical scientific paper about evolution, and there were hundreds of comments from creationists.