As longtime readers know, I'm on the fence about global warming and climate change. My personal belief is that the weather changes are triggered by sunspot activity and we don't have enough scientific data (I'm aware of anecdotal that claims to disprove global warming, but there's also anecdotal evidence supporting it. What's more, these are cute little factoids that don't really prove anything, but people bring them up just to piss off the other side. That's not science, that's trolling, and I usually automatically dismiss such things).
Now, just because you say global warming is real, that doesn't mean I dismiss you as a kook or even disregard everything about you, and just because you think this is a natural cycle, that doesn't mean you are my kind of guy. I do not look at other people as simply supporters or opposers to my cause. I will listen and consider from both sides as long as they have something intelligent to say. There are several people who believe global warming that I dismiss because I don't think they've thought very hard, they conveniently overlook facts as they wave their flag. As ying_ko_4 pointed out about my slamming Bill Nye, "So you liked him as long as you agreed with him." Technically, he's right about that, and I admit it. On the other hand, the immortal Cecil Adams likewise believes global warming is happening. Now, when The World's Smartest Human says there is something to this, HIM I will listen to. That one fact, that one endorsement, is enough to get me to think that maaaaaaaaaaybe I don't have all the facts and I need to keep in mind there might be something to this after all.
If only the debate was limited to smart people.
Glenn Beck is a walking talking argument for retroactive abortion rights. The guy isn't a right winger, the guy is a fascist. Beck recently tried saying he was going to turn down his rhetoric and be a better human being. Us longtime Beck bashers thought, "Yeah, right."
On his radio show, Beck ordered an employee to write a memo saying that anyone in his office caught using CFL's instead of regular light bulbs was to be fired immediately. Boy, I can't wait to see how the Employment Commission rules on THAT. ""I'm dead serious. I fire the person that starts to purchase fluorescent light bulbs, unless that is the only light bulb for a very specific reason, and I want to be cc'd on what that reason is." Uh, incandescent bulbs were redesigned a few years ago to be more efficient, so if you want to avoid anything that isn't wasteful, you're now working by candlelight. People want to use CFL's because they feel they are saving the environment. Let 'em! How does someone using a CFL affect you in the slightest? And that's just people who want to use them, not those of use who have to use them. I use a CFL in my drawing lamp because I can use the equivalent of a 250 watt bulb in a fixture that is only rated for 60 watts.
Beck also ordered his employees not to order recyclable spoons anymore, either. “If anyone does anything in this company because of global warming, they’re fired.” I know the economy is rough out there, but is it really worth working in a place like that?
And what's really sad is, people will cite him as proof that global warming is a myth.