Andrew Dessler vs. The ‘a–hole’ World
By Robert Bradley Jr. — August 25, 2021
“Hey assholes. We’ve been telling you for decades that this was going to happen if we didn’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You didn’t listen and now it’s all happening. We hope you’re happy. Enjoy the heatwaves, intense rainfall, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and many other things, you fucking morons.” (below)
It was supposed to be a funny. But really, it is a candid commentary of an agenda-driven, frustrated climate scientist/activist at a world that is (correctly) demoting rigid alarmism for realism.
Professor Andrew Dessler is the smartest guy in the climate room. He is, by his own account, hot headed. He says rude things about even the most polite of his scientific adversaries, not unlike his infamous cohort, Michael Mann. Dessler’s predictions are exaggerated, even falsified (here’s one on Texas weather from a decade ago).
He does not understand the primary energy driver, density, or energy economics in general. He refuses to factor in government failure in his question to correct “market failure.”
And when it comes to his views, he is a master of misdirection and silence. Instead, he wants to censure his opponents and refuses to debate live (he would lose). And, not surprisingly, he exhibits authoritarian tendencies.
If Dessler’s persona is this strained now, imagine how he will be post-COP26 (failure coming, as James Hansen predicted) and in the years ahead.
Dense mineral energies are not to be denied for a better economy and a better, greener environment. Warmer winters, warmer nights, and CO2 fertilization, coupled with growing societal wealth (absent climate activism) for adaptation, is the obvious way forward.
Industrial wind turbines, solar arrays, and batteries taking over the landscape are not the way to go (again, as James Hansen has noted). But Dessler dreams of an alternative energy reality.
Here is Texas A&M’s Andrew Dessler from earlier this month on Twitter:
Andrew Dessler@AndrewDessler I just got a copy of the embargoed IPCC Summary for Policymakers. I hate to break the embargo, but this is too important to wait. Here it is, the entire SPM. Surprisingly, it’s just one paragraph long.
Hey assholes. We’ve been telling you for decades that this was going to happen if we didn’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You didn’t listen and now it’s all happening. We hope you’re happy. Enjoy the heatwaves, intense rainfall, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and many other things, you fucking morons.
He then comments:
I just got a copy of the embargoed IPCC Summary for Policymakers. I hate to break the embargo, but this is too important to wait. Here it is, the entire SPM. Surprisingly, it's just one paragraph long. pic.twitter.com/56HPcUUaWe
— Andrew Dessler (@AndrewDessler) August 7, 2021
Much cruder language than I would have expected, but sometimes foul language is called for.
The above is but the latest rant from a troubled soul. There are many other examples, one of which is here:
Who should be madder about calling people who reject climate science ‘climate deniers.’ Climate deniers, because it lumps them in with holocaust deniers? Or Holocaust deniers, because it lumps them in with climate deniers. (Andrew Dessler, July 18, 2019)
Dessler’s madness comes from a hyper-extreme view of what he believes is settled, incontrovertible science. He believes:
If “some humans survive” is the only thing we care about, then climate change is a non-issue. I think it’s certain that “some” humans will survive almost any climate change. They may be living short, hard lives of poverty, but they’ll be alive.
I find the path we’re on now — the rich world survives (if lucky), but abandons everyone else — to be morally problematic.
The mad professor, aka Angry Andy, ultimately discredits himself. Climate exaggeration for momentary impact stopped working long ago. Did not Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund once warn:
There has to be a lot of shrillness taken out of our language. In the environmental community, we have to be more humble. We can’t take the attitude that we have all the answers.
And insults to his opponents–and the world at large–only adds to his problem.