If I wanted to have a popular blog, I would drop this topic and write post after post about all the ways the vaccine makes you sick and how Klaus Schwab wants to make us eat bugs and live in a pod. But I just don’t feel like doing that. Instead, I want to humbly offer you what I call “the Low IQ Low Status White Male challenge”.
Generally speaking, it’s easier to solve a problem when 80% of people responsible for it want to solve it, than when 66% want to solve it. Consider gardens in the Netherlands paved with concrete. If you’re the only one in your street who doesn’t pave his garden, all the water from your neighbors will end up in your garden. If 66% have actual gardens, the water is more spread out. If 80% have actual gardens, the water burden from heavy rain becomes even less of a problem.
It’s kind of similar when it comes to climate change. It’s easier to address the problem when 80% of people figured it out, than when 66% figured it out. That’s kind of where we’re stuck in the West: About 66% of people figured it out, the other 33% think it’s some sort of hoax, mass hysteria, scam or conspiracy. And I like to think that with some effort, I might be able to help push that percentage a little higher. Maybe I’m wrong about that, but I feel like it is worth trying.
This is why I am today introducing the low IQ low status white male challenge. I’m not going to spend my days, debating with you whether the polar bear numbers are going up, whether the great barrier reef is doing fine or not, whether Chinese solar panels have a high carbon footprint or not. These are all attempts at debunking a forest fire by pointing out that a particular tree hasn’t burned down.
Rather, I will ask you a simple question:
Between 1920 and 2020, CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere increased from 303 parts per million, to 414 parts per million.
In other words, in a 100 year period the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere increased by at least 36%.
Now my question to you is: Can you, the low IQ low status white males who think climate change is not a real problem we need to do something about, find some other period in geological history:
1. During which CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere increased by at least 36% in 100 years.
2. Which was NOT associated with an episode of mass extinction?
No, I’m not offering you a million dollars if you can find it. I don’t have to, the oil companies would happily offer you a million bucks if you can do this. Heck, I’m pretty sure Rex Tillerson would let you screw his wife if you can do this for him.
See, here’s the thing. During the next to last deglaciation, back when the world transitioned into the Eemian, you see a very rapid increase in CO2. What is a rapid increase in CO2? It’s 21 parts per million in 300 years. We achieved 111 parts per million, in 100 years. The rate of increase during that rapid period was 0.06 parts per million, per year. Right now, we’re achieving about 2 parts per million, per year.
From the study I cited:
The following ~1 ky is first marked by an unusually abrupt and large CO2 increase (overshoot of 21 ppmv in w300 y). The corresponding rate of increase, of 0.06 ppmv/y, is two to three times larger than the most rapid increases observed during TI, at the beginning of the BøllingeAllerød, and at the end of the Younger Dryas (Monnin et al., 2001), and ten times larger than the rate of increase accompanying the w20-ppmv rise observed during rapid events of the last glaciation, such as the AIM events (Ahn and Brook, 2008). It is however much lower than during the Anthropocene (~2ppmv/y). Such rate of increase may be slightly underestimated due to the time resolution of our measurements and due to the smoothing of atmospheric variations by the enclosure process of air into ice at Dome C (interglacial width of age distribution of w200 y,Joos and Spahni, 2008), being close to the time resolution of the depicted overshoot.
So, right now we’re screwing things up almost twenty times faster, than during that period of “rapid” CO2 increase in our atmosphere.
In fact, many of the mass extinction episodes in geological history saw a rapid increase in CO2. But that rapid increase in CO2, was much less rapid than the currently ongoing rapid increase in atmospheric CO2. And that’s why the temperature increase right now is also more rapid than during previous periods of mass extinction.
Have a look at this graph:
If you look at methane, right now we’re still on track for RCP 8.5. If you look at CO2, we’re more on track for RCP 4.5. I don’t know about you, but when I look at the geological record and see that during every previous period where something like this happened the whole planet went to shit, it gets me a little worried.
And if I then look carefully and can’t really find a period when the atmosphere changed as rapidly as it’s changing right now, I get really worried.
Maybe you have your own unique little snowflake low status white male theory about how CO2 doesn’t cause global warming but follows it. Alright fine, I will play along with you. Show me a period of at least a century, in when CO2 concentrations increased at the speed at which they are increasing now, without things going to shit.
Can’t do it? Well, in all fairness, most women, brown people, high IQ low status white males and high status white males are not deeply aware of this problem either. In general, they just notice the weather has changed over their lifetime and they trust that the scientists who say it’s our own fault are onto something.
As low IQ low status white males, you don’t like trusting scientists. Fine with me. But if you don’t want to make decisions based on trusting others, then do the hard work yourself:
Find some period in which CO2 increased as rapidly as it is increasing right now, during which the whole world did not go to shit.
If you can’t do that, then I would say it’s time for you to acknowledge that humanity is engaged in a very dangerous experiment, that could go very wrong.
Maybe your low status white male gurus are all correct and global warming is actually just a giant hoax. I wouldn’t bet on it, but I’ll play along with you.
Well, here’s the thing: Oceanic PH depends on buffering reactions with carbon too. All the carbon entering our ocean right now, is causing rapid acidification. This causes huge problems for the ocean, including for plankton species that perform important functions in regulating our climate.
Again, find me some previous period in geological history, in which the ocean was acidifying as rapidly as it is today, not accompanied by mass extinction of oceanic lifeforms. I’m not promising you a million dollars. You’ll do just fine without my million dollars.
In case you didn’t notice yet: Yes, this is not a topic you can understand through Fox News soundbites, edgy memes or clever tweets by anonymous bodybuilders. You can either decide to trust that people smarter than you have already properly looked at this problem decades ago and figured out catastrophe is approaching, or you can do the work yourself.
To me it’s pretty obvious that we’re toast. I would say that bad things are going to happen, but they are already happening. People in Uganda and other countries are already getting screwed over by massive droughts. Vulnerable species are already going extinct from the rapid change in atmospheric conditions.
I’m pretty sure this catastrophic experiment we have unleashed on our planet will result in billions of deaths. My hope is to die with some dignity intact. It’s embarrassing that this country is still throwing billions of dollars in subsidies at fossil fuel companies.
That’s why this Saturday, me and thousands of other hysterical climate change alarmists infected by the woke mind virus plan on blocking the highway in the Hague, until the Dutch government agrees to end all subsidies for fossil fuels. It’s a simple demand, that is good at uniting a large group of people and makes a small difference. And if we achieve it, it will encourage people in other countries to do the same.
Maybe I’m planning on getting hit by a water canon and getting thrown in jail for a night for no good reason and it’s all just a giant hoax after all.
Maybe some of you out there are geniuses and prove to be able to complete the low IQ low status white male challenge, discovering that sometimes CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere rapidly jump up the way they’re jumping up right now without the whole world going to shit.
I know there are other low IQ low status white males out there who will insist that yes global warming will cause a mass extinction event, but… WHAT ABOUT CHINA!!! The honest answer is that I don’t really give a shit. I don’t live in China, I live in the Netherlands.
If the Netherlands reduced CO2 emissions by 100%, that would reduce global emissions by less than 1%. But here’s the thing: I don’t care. I’m well beyond that stage.
I’m the prisoner stuck in the prisoner’s dilemma, who is going to jail for the rest of his life, but knows the other prisoner is innocent so won’t snitch on him regardless of what he chooses to say or do. I am a man who wants to choose integrity.
If the Chinese or the Indians, or the Americans, or the Indonesians, or the Germans or whatever other country decides they want to keep using the atmosphere as a waste dump, that’s not going to change my mind. Let them destroy the planet.
I want some dignity, for my country. I don’t care if I can’t go on vacation in Spain. I don’t care if I can’t drive a car. I don’t care if I can’t get a new smartphone. I want my country to face this catastrophe we have unleashed with some dignity intact.
We lost a lot of dignity, during the occupation from 1940 until 1945. But a few thousands people, chose to defend our dignity, by protesting against the persecution of the Jews by the German occupying force. These people were gunned down with machine guns. They could have just said “well they will not stop just because I protested’ and chosen to stay home. But they didn’t stay home. I’m glad they did not stay home.
Low IQ low status white males can choose they want to continue treating the atmosphere as a waste dump, but then they’re merely revealing their own disgusting character.
I wish you good luck, explaining after your death to God that rather than choosing compassion for the world’s poorest people and humility, you chose to just blindly chase a dopamine high and pursue the maximal power principle. I’m sure if Jesus was around today he wouldn’t be some homeless loser, but would have two SUVs parked in front of his house in the suburbs.