Why, Jeff Jacoby, Why?

Why is Jeff Jacoby still writing for the Boston Globe?  For a man paid to opine, he overshoots reality with a frightening frequency.

In an idiotic column entitled “Br-r-r! Where did global warming go?”, Jacoby writes:

THE STARK headline appeared just over a year ago. “2007 to be ‘warmest on record,’ ” BBC News reported on Jan. 4, 2007. Citing experts in the British government’s Meteorological Office, the story announced that “the world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007,” surpassing the all-time high reached in 1998.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold.

In South America, for example, the start of winter last year was one of the coldest ever observed.

Global Warming is a poor name, and the reality based community needs to be more thorough in rebranding the issue as Climate Change.  Because global warming means an increase in extremes.  More storms, more cold weather, more dry spells, longer wet seasons, stronger hurricanes.  As we continue to see weather records broken, we are watching our planet begin to fall apart at the seams.

And I don’t understand why some Republicans cling so desperately to this lie.  Is big oil that important to all of them?  What’s Jacoby’s stake in the climate lie?  What does he have to defend other than his pride?

From Amanda (Pandagon):

From Ezra, looks like Grist has put together the guide that many of us have been dying for: How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic. I do hate to see the word “skeptic” used here, though, because the word implies a person who approaches issues critically instead of swallowing claims whole-heartedly, which is the exact opposite of what global warming denialists do. If anything, I’d say a person who doesn’t “believe” in global warming is an anti-skeptic, someone who sucks down right wing propaganda about the issue while doing everything in his power not to allow facts or reasoning to penetrate his thoughts and cause him to think that maybe, just maybe, it might not be wise for people to keep blowing an endless stream of atmosphere-clogging chemicals into the air.

Jeff Jacoby isn’t bringing an informed conservative opinion to the table.  He’s bringing intellectual laziness and an unprofessional lack of critical thinking to the Boston Globe’s opinion pages:

Climate science isn’t a religion, and those who dispute its leading theory are not heretics. Much remains to be learned about how and why climate changes, and there is neither virtue nor wisdom in an emotional rush to counter global warming – especially if what’s coming is a global Big Chill.

What’s coming is the fruit of our impact on the environment.  And its coming even if we screw our eyes shut and pray to Reagan.

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17 Responses

  1. “Global Warming is a poor name, and the reality based community needs to be more thorough in rebranding the issue as Climate Change. Because global warming means an increase in extremes. More storms, more cold weather, more dry spells, longer wet seasons, stronger hurricanes.”

    Well said, the ‘warming’ thing is quite possibly being encouraged by deniers at this point because a chilly day can be used as ‘proof’ it is nothing to worry about. Like walking round the green zone proves Iraq is a huge success and not say…a war crime.

  2. It seems climate change inflames the passions of the wight-wing in several ways:

    1) The Global Government Bogey Man: According to many (Glenn “Chicken Little” Beck among them), “global warming” is a vast conspiracy to strip American sovereignty and replace it a global overpower of some sort. That is, the U.S. would have to play by everybody else’s rules and no longer exert imperial control over much of the globe.

    2) Its Bad Business if its Not MY Business: Everybody who has invested in the fossil fuel economy (multinational petrochems, Detroit’s Big Three, etc) accuse to who support tackling climate change of doing so merely for profit. Never mind that the plutocracy’s mantra/credo is that “profit is good”. So why would making money out of climate change be bad if it helps everybody in the long run? Aren’t so called “market solutions” the way to go? No if you have spent several generations manipulating the market to create a vast mercantile/corporate body made up of interlocking corporate cartels.

    3) Environmentalist are the new Communist: And communism is bad, ummmkay! The damned tree huggers are just hippies, and we know that hippies are communist, and communism is bad, ummkay!

    4) I like the fact that I drive a car that is bigger than everybody else: 5 inches to the gallon? Who cares! Compensating for something? Prove it!

    Thats just the few I could come up with, I am sure there are more, loads more.

  3. Jacoby is wrong in a great many places in his article.

    See http://davidappell.blogspot.com/2008/01/jacobys-untruths.html

    Trust scientists for your science news, not opinion columnists.

  4. I get the feeling he got an Exxon Christmas present.
    Why would you write an column like that and not include the fact that as of December, 2007 was the 2nd hottest year on record, world wide.
    http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/20071210_GISTEMP.pdf

  5. I need to expand #3

    …and we all know hippies are Ron Paul supporters….

    🙂

  6. RickB,
    Exactly. If Republicans weren’t desperate for independent votes, more of them would be staging a “McCain in Iraq moment” and assuring us nothing is wrong at all while standing on a melting iceberg or in an unusually strong hurricane.

    ralfast,
    1) The bigger the government, the more conservatives twitch. Good call linking this to global warming issues. Human Rights is another place this happens.
    2) Yeah, but why do ALL Republicans buy into it?
    3) They’ve been the communists for some time now. Far right hate groups like the Patriot Movement are stridenly anti-environmentalism. As are some extremist religious movements. Orcinus has some really good reading on this.
    4) Heh.

    David,
    Thanks for the link. Nice blog.
    I agree, but the point is that Jacoby’s been pulling this crap since I was reading the Globe’s opinion page on a regular basis in High School. Opinions are great, but he’s so demonstrably wrong so often.

    seesdifferent,
    Wow. Didn’t see that at all. Good point.

  7. “1) The bigger the government, the more conservatives twitch. Good call linking this to global warming issues. Human Rights is another place this happens.”

    Have you heard of the so called “global warming UN tax”? Apparently its the first step to a true global hegemony, one not ruled by Britannia, I mean the U.S. if you believe Glenn Beck and his ilk. Ironically, the same people that back Cheney/Bush to the hilt are livid that he is going to create a North American Union with a new currency called the “Amero” or some such. You know the same crew that flip the bird to the world community at every turn are really a bunch of Illuminati/Masons/Skulls & Bones/Globalist who are ready to sell the U.S. to the anti-Christ. Its bizarre beyond measure (also explains why many evangelicals saddle up to ride this wave of non sense, although many are diverging when it comes to poverty and climate change).

    “2) Yeah, but why do ALL Republicans buy into it?”

    Cultural DNA. It links with the SUV thing. An ethnocentric view of what “America” is and what it is not. To change it or even think of changing it means confronting the fact that the world is not the way they think it is. And that scares the beejesus out of them.

  8. And all the candidates (except Paul) belong to the Cheney-Bush-Clinton CFR. Which is the backer of the world domination scheme. Hmm all the candidates from either side of the isle unite for the CFR but they can’t unite for the U.S.A. Maybe because the two party system is just a distraction from the real issues. Excluding candidates from debates is a further example of who’s calling the shots. Election fraud is another. It’s all linked.

  9. ralfast,
    I’ve heard a lot of the crazy nwo talk from some Republicans.
    Your idea that it might figure into a cultural sense of pride might fit into it. It would be worth tracking down.

    Michael D,
    Speaking of crazy conspiracy theorists….
    Leaving aside your (all the candidates but St. Paul) nonsense, excluding candidates from debates is a serious issue, as is the massive election fraud in this country.

  10. “Some Republicans”

    Try every right-wing talk radio host. But don’t take my word for it, walk over to Orcinus and Tom Dispatch. They have excellent post on the subject.

  11. Correction, your familiar with Orcinus, check out the other site as well.

  12. Check out jayseverin.org Dan and ralfast. You will have an appreciation being a former fellow Northeasterner Dan. I bet you like it.

  13. Hey by the way dopey. The NWO is the CFR is the BBgroup etc. etc.

  14. ralfast,
    Tom Dispatch looks like a very excellent site!

  15. Did you check out that site I told you about? I know you’ll like it.

  16. Sorry I suck at typing, it’s jayseverin.org .

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