Environment

Science Committee Chair: Actually, Climate Change is Good

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

While most of us are concerned that climate change will lead to biblical flooding, war, food shortages and death, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) is considering the benefits of irreversible climate change.

“The benefits of a changing climate are often ignored and under-researched. Our climate is too complex and the consequences of misguided policies too harsh to discount the positive effects of carbon enrichment,” Smith wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Signal, a website run by the conservative Heritage Foundation. [...]

“The use of fossil fuels and the byproducts of carbon enrichment play a large role in advancing the quality of human life by increasing food production to feed our growing population, stimulating the economy, and alleviating poverty,” he wrote. “Bad deals like the Paris Agreement would cost the U.S. billions of dollars, a loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, and have no discernible impact on global temperatures.”

Fossil fuels did play a large role in advancing the quality of human life by increasing food production, but we're now nearly 200 years removed from the industrial revolution. This is 2017, not 1820.

The "benefits" of climate change are often ignored because they either don't really exist or they're accompanied by far more enormous consequences that could kill a lot of people.

Yes, climate change is going to open up new pathways for arctic shipping and possibly even enable farming in the far northern hemisphere, but at what cost?

Will Lamar Smith be as amused by the "benefits of a changing climate" when Galveston is under water? What about when the entire southern half of Florida sinks beneath the sea? What benefit will there be when New Orleans is finally swallowed? Will the quality of human life improve when it's literally too hot to survive in the southwest?

Smith says the Paris agreement would have cost us billions and "hundreds of thousands of jobs." It wouldn't, and there are now far more Americans employed in the solar industry than the coal industry, but even if that were true it sounds preferable to the alternative.

The Climate Change Bailout of 2050 will dwarf the cost of acting today.

  • notanncoulter

    when you LIVE in 1820, it all makes sense.

  • muselet

    … the byproducts of carbon enrichment …

    “Carbon enrichment.”

    Jumpin’ Judas on a unicycle.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    I saw this documentary about a decade ago and it’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it. It’s called “6 Degrees Could Change the World”. If Mr. Shitbrains thinks it’s sexy to knock the world up a few degrees Celsius then he should consider what it would be like to see the bread basket of America turn into a giant fucking desert among many other things.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1224519/

  • Aynwrong

    “The Climate Change Bailout of 2050 will dwarf the cost of acting today.”

    But will it pay for that new vacation resort I’ve been hearing about?

    https://youtu.be/oIBtePb-dGY

  • Not to mention the rising sea temperatures and changing PH levels killing off sea life (16% of animal protein consumed by humans comes from the sea). How are we going to replace that? More herd animals? Where and on what grass (without enough clean water to grow grass)? What about all the extra methane? And that’s just one teeny tiny item that will affect the food chain. The truth is that yes fossil fuels fueled the growth of the human population and now it will kill that growth off. Famine, drought, flooding (ironically), violent storms, increasing heat and expanding deserts…..people are going to die by the millions. But America loves it’s Dino Juice, so f*ck yeah!

  • Username1016

    I can’t even. Where do they FIND these troglodytes?

    • 1933john

      In Texas where you can be ankle deep
      in mud with dust blowing in you face
      and a tumbleweed up your ass!

      • Ken Kohl

        tumbleweed’s name is Lamar???

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Will the quality of human life improve when it’s literally too hot to survive in the southwest?

    I grew up in the Southwest. Let me tell you, it’s already too hot to survive there.

    • It’s more and more miserable every year. I’m going to retire to the mountains. I swear it by Cthulu.