Alexander Cockburn drags the Earth's core into The Nation 's no spin zone
Rush Limbaugh and Fox TV have long accused climate physicists of fundamentalist zeal. That tabloid science meme has now moved on from Drudge to take fire in The Nation, where the patriarch of CounterPunch, beet-faced at Green heretics fraternizing with capitalists , cocks a left hook at the first law of thermodynamics in this Jeremiad :
"In a couple of hundred years, historians will be comparing the frenzies over our supposed human contribution to global warming to the tumults at the latter end of the tenth century...Then as now, a buoyant market throve on fear. The Roman Catholic Church was a bank whose capital was secured by the infinite mercy of Christ...and so...The sinners established a line of credit against bad behavior and could go on sinning. Today a world market in "carbon credits" is in formation. Those whose "carbon footprint" is small can sell their surplus carbon credits to others, less virtuous than themselves.
The modern trade is as fantastical as the medieval one. There is still zero empirical evidence that anthropogenic production of CO2 is making any measurable contribution to the world's present warming trend...Poseidon should go hunting for carbon credits...the human carbon footprint is of zero consequence...not even to mention the role of the giant reactor beneath our feet: the earth's increasingly hot molten core"
Whoever mixes The Nation's cocktails these days, Chris Hitchens has a duty to steal the recipe for Cockburn's inspirational punch and share it with the Real Climate crew.
It must be powerful good-- "the earth's increasingly hot molten core" is the most radical new idea in tipping points so far this publishing season. Superstitous belief in the conservation of energy is no excuse--The Nation has spoken.
The American Geophysical Union must demand Congress stop core warming before melting of the mantle beneath Greenland and Antarctica's rocky basement leads to parboiled polar bears , wholesale penguin mortality , global sea level rise , and , Lord help us, a catastrophic outburst of Waterworld sequels.
[postscript--the gargling continues in Cockburn's current Nation column]