Friday, January 10, 2014

Quote of the Day - 10 January 2013

Mark Steyn is a well known author, columnist and human rights activist. His columns are published widely around the world. And it's fair to say that he isn't convinced about climate change, or whatever it's called today.

His column in the latest issue of The Spectator is headed Eco-warriors stranded in the Antarctic! It's too good to be true and begins thus:

Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain, America and continental Europe.

But still: you’d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ‘stuck in our own experiment’, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit. On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.

But alas, eating one’s shipmates and watching one’s extremities drop off one by one is not a part of today’s high-end eco-doom tourism. Instead, the ice-locked warmists uploaded chipper selfies to YouTube, as well as a self-composed New Year singalong of such hearty un-self-awareness that it enraged even such party-line climate alarmists as Andrew Revkin, the plonkingly earnest enviro-blogger of the New York Times. A mere six weeks ago, pumping out the usual boosterism, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that, had Captain Scott picked his team as carefully as Professor Chris Turney, he would have survived. Sadly, we’ll never know — although I’ll bet Captain Oates would have been doing his ‘I am going out. I may be some time’ line about eight bars into that New Year number.

There's not a lot more that we can add. This is vintage Mark Steyn, and his whole column is well worth a read.


Edward the Confessor said...

Describing a boilerplate far-right blowhard like Steyn as a human rights activist is a bit like calling Kim Jong Un a liberal democrat. What next? Calling Sean Hannity a journalist?

Keeping Stock said...

It all depends on how you define activism Edward. Steyn is lobbying to reduce the powers and reach of Canada's Human Rights Commission.

It may not be to your satisfaction, but it certainly sounds like activism to me.

Keeping Stock said...

PS: I'm surprised that you didn't apply to be a contributor here Edward!