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National Review Editor: ‘Hooray for Global Warming’

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Posted on Aug 8, 2006

Truthdig readers, we need your help: We can’t figure out if this pro-global warming column by a National Review Online editor is tongue-in-cheek satire or actual criticism. Thoughts?


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... Personally, I don?t know what all the shouting is about. Global warming is great. Granted, maybe it isn?t really happening, and if it is there are strong reasons to doubt that humans have anything to do with it. But if the world is warming, I say ?bravo.? People in most parts of the globe should have no objection to a warmer, wetter climate. If the aliens were watching they?d conclude we were making our planet more habitable on purpose.

Consider the large landmasses in the northern hemisphere, say north of 55 degrees. These are very extreme climates for human habitation. A population distribution map of Canada shows most people live in a belt running along the southern border with the United States. But add global warming and vast regions would become comfortably habitable. As well, there would be more land available for cultivation. Resources would be easier to extract. True, there might be some dislocations as crops shifted northward, but so what? Economies change all the time. And imagine the land boom up the coastlines as people rushed on up for beachfront property. If global warming is real it is creating the investment opportunity of a lifetime.

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By Hal, August 9, 2006 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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Why would NR include a piece like this as satire? It makes fun of the wrong people, as far as they are concerned.

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By TomChicago, August 9, 2006 at 3:38 am Link to this comment
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I don’t think he’s kidding.  After all, it is the National Review.  It is global warming denialism.

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By Bukko in Australia, August 9, 2006 at 12:47 am Link to this comment
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The problem with these right-wing parodies is that the absurdity they mean to make funny is so close to the real positions of actual rightists that you can’t tell joke from belief. No doubt many NR readers are saying “Hell yeah! If I have to admit global warming is real because Pat Robertson finally copped to it, at least I can say it’s a good thing.”

Real good, when the entire population of Phoenix, Ariz. has to flee because their clothing spontaneously bursts into flame every time they step outside between March and November. Those crop pattern diversions? That would be when corn isn’t grown in the Midwest any more because of the sand dunes.

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By G. Anderson, August 9, 2006 at 12:22 am Link to this comment
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I guess it doesn’t take much in the way of brains to become an editor at the National Review….

Maybe you should rethink your position, that global warming is the ultimate investment oppotunity along the following lines….

How much good will money do you on Venus?

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By Global Warming Benefits, August 8, 2006 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t know about the NRO piece, but I’m pretty sure that the link at my name is not a satire.

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By secretmojo, August 8, 2006 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment
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It’s satire. Like Beevis & Butthead for Freepers. “He said ‘inconvenient truth.’ huh huh, huh huh.”

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By William, August 8, 2006 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment
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Leave it to a conservative publication to view a global catastrophe as a way to make money.  Money / greed trumps everything for these bastards.  I have two words for them “FUCK THEM”.
Will

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By Bronwen Rowlands, August 8, 2006 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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Who set this idiot loose on a keyboard?  This guy is incapable of producing anything as coherent as satire or criticism.  He imagines that he’s being amusing.  In fact, he’s just stringing together neocon buzz-phrases interspersed with pathetic jokes. I saw a piece on Al Gore written in a similar “style” in GQ at my hairdresser’s two days ago.  I guess that winning combo of mean, stupid and oblivious has filtered down from the top.

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By Be Jengstro, August 8, 2006 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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“Investment opportunity of a lifetime…” Although its satire he raises some interesting points. However the phenomenomena he leaves out is polarshifting. What does he think might happen once the ice caps melt revealing whats underneath? New ice caps might form elswhere creating new poles? I really don’t know…

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