Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

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  1. bernardgarner

    bernardgarner said, about 1 year ago

    The ignorant cartoonist is playing to the ignorant again.

  2. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    And for those not into denial, a good discussion of the deep ocean warming is to be found


  3. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    And one more thing…

    Here is a quote from a Met Office report that puts my remark about heat content of the ocean into proper perspective:

    Careful processing of the available deep ocean records shows that the heat content of the upper 2,000m increased by 24 × 1022J over the 1955–2010 period (Levitus, 2012), equivalent to 0.09°C warming of this layer. To put this into context, if the same energy had warmed the lower 10km of the atmosphere, it would have warmed by 36°C! While this will not happen, it does illustrate the importance of the ocean as a heat store.

    Report available as a pdf file from this link.


  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 1 year ago

    Is it the scientific communities intent to stop the “change” in climate by regulation of fossil fuel use? Are the content with a “carbon” exchange that sends money from 1st world countries to third world countries so that they can then use MORE fossil fuels? Has every 1st world country signed on to this “scheme” and begun regulation of their fossil fuel use? Will the U.N – remember the way they handled the oil embargo and the profits made – be in charge of the monies and see to their distribution?

    Science brings you knowledge.

    Politicians use that knowledge for personal gain.

    It is up to YOU to make a difference.

  5. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago


    We do our part Bruce. We have had solar water heating for our pool for more than a decade. We just bought a new pool pump of a more energy efficient type mandated by the power company. Oh, and we had solar electric panels installed late last year.

    But the “cap and trade” stuff is just trickery, and you know how economists love that, no matter what may happen in the real world. It’s not a long term solution.

    New safer (much safer) nuclear power plants, cheaper solar, and more alternative energy are needed. All of this is needed sooner rather than later.

    Will other countries, like China and India, buy in? Yes, they will. The Chinese government does seem to have a social contract with its people. They put up with the regime as they become more prosperous. But they are feeling the sting of pollution that the West felt 50 and 60 years ago, and their people want clean air and water. Put a pollution tariff on their goods and they would come around quickly.

  6. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Little Michael has reached the level of his competency.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Just interesting that it’s the deniers who keep confusing “weather” with “climate”, not the researchers who’ve confirmed time and time again, that the climate IS changing, and humans are the primary cause of this accelerated level of change. Once again, in the ’50’s, those monitoring climate changes spoke to the cooling in Northern Europe, and heating in the Mediterranean area and North Africa, as regional changes that could expand. When the laws changed to alter human activities, the global change to an overall pattern of heating, also changed.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    From an article on “Grist”: Back in the 2012 campaign, conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh reacted with fury when Mitt Romney sort of admitted that climate change is happening. Even though Romney said we shouldn’t do anything about it, the right-wing base was not mollified until Romney renounced his belief in the science itself. Joseph Lawler, a blogger for the conservative American Spectator, revealed why. Republicans have to deny the existence of climate change, not just oppose measures to address it, because if they admit that it’s real, they might be open to changing their minds about taking action. “Expressing skepticism of the science behind climate change, as for instance Gov. Rick Perry has, allows candidates to assure voters that they won’t support cap and trade or carbon taxes once they’re in office,” Lawler wrote. “This assurance is necessary because often Republicans who do believe in global warming end up working with Democrats on climate change bills — John McCain is a good example.”

  9. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    If CO2 is the culprit; then something needs to be done about 7+billion people breathing.
    Bottom line, whether industrialization is the cause or not; we waste too many resources and don’t recycle enough.

  10. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Oh it will take more than 1000 years. And what are you doing about it?

    Emissions in the US and Europe have been leveling off, if not declining. But some of that is because the centers of manufacture have moved to Asia, where the emissions are ramping up. But if you want to get them to change, you don’t do it by continuing to do same-ol; same-ol’ in the West. They are not stupid. Alternatives need to be viable. Incentives are needed. Pollution, as I said will provide some incentive, but experience shows it takes some time for people to get changes.

    I don’t know who you are ranting out. Because I mentioned my pool, I guess you think you are sneering at me. Wrongo!

    I pay for my wifi, don’t drink coffee of any kind, and have known since 8th grade that Marx was silly. I’ve had my Prius for 10 years, and know that electric cars are not really energy efficient.

    What am I doing? Trying to hammer some sense into the heads of those who have been misled. What are you doing? Whining.

    Change only happens if people make an effort. And only if they can see thru the lies of those who will deny any change that appears to hurt them. Witness the Kochs trying to keep people from being able to get solar in an economical way. Note that it was “tea party” types who rebelled against the Kochs.
    (At least in this David Horsey cartoon.)

    I didn’t buy that solar electric. I essentially sublet my roof to a company I buy power from at a rate lower than the electric company. No one would be doing business like that if it were not for what are essentially government subsidies that offset the cost of installation. In the long run, solar is cheap. It is the initial cost that is high. And guess what, with the new business model, a lot of people have been converting, just as I did.

    There have been and will be mis-steps. Subsidies for bio-fuel have led to higher food costs. Farmers need cash, too and will go for what is profitable. So, some re-thinking is required now and then.

    As I have stated here and elsewhere, nuclear power is a better option for the long run. Hopefully we’ll get fusion “any day now.” (Don’t hold your breath.) But fission plants can be much, much safer than they are and fuels like thorium do not result in the longer lived isotopes that seem to present such a problem. So there should be some electricity for heating and cooling, where needed.

    You say get used to walking. What’s wrong with walking? The doctors say nothing.
    Do you enjoy rush hour traffic? The poor air quality resulting from millions of cars on the road?
    Which by the way is not as bad as it would have been without mandated emissions limits.
    The cost of maintaining those roads (obviously something which doesn’t get done well enough).

    Yes, I know what you mean. You mean you are not happy that things will have to change. Well, change is inevitable unless you’ve been decomposed into atoms… and even then…

  11. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, about 1 year ago


    The ignorant commenter (aka bernardgarner) is playing to the ignorant, gullible, GW religious fanatics. This cartoon is actually quite accurate. They had to change the name because they were looking like fools because their predictions were not coming to pass. Comments like “children in England will grow up having never seen snow” were followed by very cold winter weather. The drastic hurricanes they said would be linked to GW never came to pass (a very quiet year followed that prediction), the had to admit the sun was far more responsible for climate on the planet than they had considered, more heat escapes into space than they had thought, the polar bear (false poster child for the GW religion) population was actually rising while they predicted dire doom despair, the glacier study showing “evidence” of GW that received such acclaim (at first) was shown to be based on false data, the historical data shows that rises in temp typically preceded rises in CO2, and then the GW gurus were caught lying and plotting how to further dupe the public into believing their scam, one of whom admitted he nearly committed suicide due to the shame over being caught in such a bald faced deception, the islands they said would sink into the sea have failed to do so, and the polar ice continues to fluctuate up and down and has not vanished as predicted. Yeah, GW, religion for the lunatic. The largest supposed greenhouse gas is water vapor, not CO2, and the ocean along with the sun is a major contributing control factor. And of course let us not forget their hypocritical high priest, the Gore, jetting around the world to warn people about things like jetting around the world and then returning to his big mega-mansion. Of course, he does not care, he already made his pile on this scam.

  12. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @J. Short

    There are billions of internal combustion engines. (A couple of years ago, annual production was 200,000,000).

    Are the engines of industry bad? No, not really. Without them, we could all be living like they do in places like Sudan. On the edge of starvation or dead already.

    What’s needed is a better plan for how we use energy. Not a trivial task. But one needs to understand the issues, first.

    A good place to start is Richard Muller’s Energy for Future Presidents. Muller does a good job of discussing the facts needed to make policy. He doesn’t say what the policies should be.

  13. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago


    A creationist is calling others religious fanatics?

    Oh, the irony.

  14. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 1 year ago

    @Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Good for you. I have solar panes as well and finally saved enough to get a hybrid car. The car generates electricity with the motor and with the brake system. So far it seems to cut my gas consumption by at least half. I really need to do more than a general look at the figures BUT I buy 5-6 gals a month now rather than 12 gals every 3-4 weeks. I don’t drive much anyway.

    If the Feds would think to subsidize solar in a different way … maybe by giving the energy companies a break IF they were to install panels on individual homes for example. They could install the panels, give the customer a break on electricity costs as “rent” for the roof top and still be in the energy business while everyone could be producing power.

    Well, it’s a thought that every new home should be outfitted with at least a 5k system when constructed.

    Adding 15-20K to a hew home price is not so bad when wrapped up in the mortgage…..

    And yes, we SHOULD have a world community through international cooperation in science. But it seems our educational system is geared toward demonization of anyone with a different opinion teaching conformity and obedience.

    Just my opinion and so not of great value.

  15. Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future."

    Baslim the beggar says, "The past is the enemy of the future." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The difference between reality and what we would like to be true:

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. - Confucius

    Yes, but I make make it with a single step! - The Doctor

    As for climate change being real. Read Energy for Future Presidents by Rich Muller.

    Muller was a skeptic about AGW. He talks about that in his book. He also explains why the data convinced him otherwise. (His research was paid for by grants from the Kochs, Bill Gates and some others.)

    The way to reduce emissions is to move away from burning fossil fuels. (coal, oil, gas)
    Nuclear power could take care of quite a lot of it, Cheaper and safer nuclear power, that is. Not the current reactors with all their safety issues (and cost). Solar power generation will increase, as will wind. So you are wrong if you mean we cannot reduce future emissions.

    There may be ways to remove CO2 from stacks and then to sequester it. But there are issues with that. Better to go non-fossil fuel and get to the heart of the matter.

    As for removing the excess that is already there, there are people working on that. Most plans seem to require a lot of energy. So if you meant that we can do little about what CO2 is already in the air, I agree. It’s going to be around for a long time.Nor do I believe that we will be completely free of fossil fuel burning engines. Ships, are likely to need them until that glorious day we can make small, affordable fusion reactors. (Don’t hold your breath.)

    Saying that you cannot do anything is to foster a do-nothing attitude. Sorry, but I’m ag’in’ that!

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