Michael Bloomberg is giving hundreds of millions of dollars to groups that want to ban gas stoves. Last year, his private jets burned 328,000 gallons of jet fuel.
Calling out the hypocrisy of some wealthy fliers does nothing to persuade of the falsity of climate "emergency" and "crisis." Presenting facts and arguments about climate and energy is something you do pretty well, as I recall.
Throw in all of their 40,000 square foot homes (5-10 each), yachts, helicopters etc, and the carbon footprint is much higher.
The argument made by a climate model falsifies the Law of the Excluded Middle (LEM) and "unit measure" where the LEM is among Aristotle's three Laws of Thought whereas "unit measure" is an axiom of probability theory and assumption of mathematical statistics. It follows that Bloomberg cannot down-regulate global temperatures by banning gas stoves.
Does anyone else remember how Bloomberg dismissed farmers during the 2020 election? He asserted that farming was so easy: you plant the corn, the corn grows, anyone can do it. He obviously had never attempted to grow a crop. His contempt for an entire class of working people astounded me. Yes, he and his cohort really do "live above it all."
Great post Robert.
We chose your piece on WY wind and eagles for our first “Cross Post” this week. Your work is solid.
We’re going deeper on this issue. To expose something few see. Not in our next piece (which is coming this Friday); the one coming after that.
Keep throwing rocks. Goliath is a giant made of clay.
The Origin of 'Hypocrite':
This common word has a dramatic origin story from Greece.
I don’t need to do my own research. I rely on the research, endorsed by every single government on the planet. If you don’t choose to rely on that research, then show me your research. I always have an open mind, and if you can demonstrate in rigorous detail that climate change is not happening or that it’s not a threat or that it’s not caused largely by the burning of fossil fuels nothing would make me happier than to see your evidence, so please show it to me.
Please explain how your comment relates to what I’ve written. Every government on the planet agrees that we have to stop the burning of fossil fuels to prevent an unlivable planet. Do you challenge that? If so, what is your evidence?
im too lazy to do the math, but what is the higher emission - bloomberg's jets or global gas cooking stoves? my point is that all gas stoves and all private jets emit trivial amounts of GHG - both way under 1%. whether we scapegoat rich travelers or poor cooks, they remain scapegoats, not the real cause of excessive GHG accumulation. the largest cause is industrial heat at about 31%. and to cut that we need to develop next gen high heat output fission reactors, as robert has pointed out. many entrepreneurs and administrators need private jets to maintain their work schedule, and most of them at least in the private sector are quite valuable in the leadership productive endeavors, and this requires a portion of f2f interaction. let's stop scapegoating people who are doing their job and focus on the tasks that arent getting done.
Even the most optimistic of the IPCC scenarios calls for temperatures to increase for decades. Look at what is happening with temperatures at 1.2° C above historic levels now. Tipping points, such as the release of methane from permafrost, the die off of the Amazon, the melting of summer ice in the Arctic will have devastating destabilizing influences all over the world many times worse than what we’re experiencing today unless we drastically reduce the burning of fossil fuels. That’s just science. All the talk of billionaires burning fuel is just a diversion to keep people from recognizing what the fossil fuel industry has known for 40 years and covered up - which is that fossil fuels increase CO2 and methane, raising temperatures in the atmosphere, leading to the kind of havoc we see everywhere.
It is fun to point out hypocrisy... two thoughts occur
The hypocrites pay no attention
The hypocrites should be aware that their behavior causes us to rebel against their their pleadings. I’ll abandon my Ram 3500 diesel when Elon scraps his private jet and Al Gore builds a sea wall around his beach house.
Give me one reason why I should believe what you say when every government in the world - on the left, on the right, big, small, rich, poor has signed on to every word of the IPCC reports that completely contradict every thing you say in your post. It’s really remarkable the degree to which people employ all kinds of extreme and desperate rationalizations to insulate themselves from the truth. But if living in a bubble, makes you happier go for it.
What a tired and cynical tactic tactic, to avoid discussion of the cataclysmic impact that accelerating climate change will have on everyone on the planet, while attempting to stir up resentment against these billionaires who are supporting effect of climate action. My criticism of Bloomberg and Jobs and others is that they’re giving much too little of their immense fortunes for climate action. Who gives a damn how they travel around the world? The fossil fuel in the street must be phased out as quickly as possible, as each barrel of oil that is burnt raises temperatures and brings us closer to an unlivable Climate.
Calling out hypocrisy has a downside in that it reinforces the morality, values or principles that the hypocrites have violated.
Robert, I used your $5+ billion data in a talk I gave to about 100 people on Thursday. Slides at https://hargraves.s3.amazonaws.com/KendalNuclear.pdf Bob