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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Too bad the atmosphere isn’t really that thick in proportion to the size of the planet, only about as deep as the “guys” in the drawing.

  2. Ira Nayman

    Ira Nayman said, almost 5 years ago

    Consider it overkill…


    JAMES MCWILLIAMS said, almost 5 years ago

    actualy I agree.

  4. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 5 years ago

    As I understand it, in proportion to the size of the earth, the atmosphere is about as thick as the skin on an apple. The atmosphere is pretty darn thin more than 10 miles up (90% of the atmosphere is below that altitude), and hardly exists more than 50 miles up. You can subtract 5 miles from that if you are standing on the top of Everest, or 6 miles if you are in an airliner.

    The earth’s diameter is more than 7900 miles. So you can see how small an addition to that the atmosphere makes. Even with all the mountains and trenches, the earth is smoother than the average apple. The air is a scum of gas around it. And all living things exist within that thin envelope!

    From space, “sky high” is a rather laughable phrase.

  5. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 5 years ago

    There was another show on yesterday about spy planes like the U-2 and the SR-71 Blackbird. Interesting stuff.
    The Blackbird could fly at Mach 3.2 at 80,000 ft.
    Even today that is about as high as a jet can go.

  6. jmattadams

    jmattadams GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    Predictions of climate doom have been as numerous and as wrong as predictions of Biblical Armageddon. Life on this planet will end when the sun evolves to the point where its enormous energy output boils away all the water and turns Earth into another Venus. That’ll take another billion years, so enjoy your life today because in 999 million years things are going to get a bit hairy.

  7. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 5 years ago

    The problem with your argument, Adams, is that the predictions of human-caused global warming have NOT been wrong, they are positive, measurable, seen in almost every branch of earth and life science, and there is no plan to mitigate it at all. The GOP will be seen in the future about as kindly as the guy who released rabbits in Australia, the folks who imported the chestnut and elm diseases to America, only resulting in much greater suffering, cost, and death.

  8. JudeTheObtuse

    JudeTheObtuse GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago


    Your typically shallow, pompous response ignores issues like “quality of life”, and what life forms will continue to exist until that final planet extinction. You should read “Empire of the Beetle” if you’re really interested in the effects of global climate change. If we allow things to go unchecked as they are, there may be life on the planet when the sun finally goes Nova, but it won’t be human. Try going beyond your tendency to settle for the simple and read a little. Life is going to become extremely uncomfortable for humans if people like you remain in power.

  9. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, almost 5 years ago

    Both side argue from insufficient data.

  10. Andy

    Andy said, almost 5 years ago

    It’s a carTOON—and you’re arguing about accuracy of scale?
    The phrase, “Time to up your medication” leaps to mind.

  11. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 5 years ago


    Unfortunately, there are those deniers that truly believe the atmosphere on earth is as thick as portrayed in this cartoon. Additionally, they also believe the smoke is portrayed as way to heavy and thick.

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 5 years ago

    If GW doesn’t make the top ten list of issues of concern to Americans, then people aren’t paying attention. I’ll be dead and gone, but the next couple of generations (at least) are going to be very angry about what our generation has left them. We have to completely rethink how we live on the earth.

  13. Mitchtheone

    Mitchtheone said, almost 5 years ago

    Yeah, but you will never convince the fools of that.. As matter of fact the GOP is at it again this year with the Creationism nonsense.. So global warming and all that science is nonstarter with those people.

  14. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    The Conservative GW Cafe:
    (Choose one item from Group A, and one from Group B.)

    Group A:
    1) It’s snowing today, so the planet isn’t warming.
    2) The planet is warming, but humans aren’t responsible.
    3) The planet is warming, but nothing bad will result.
    4) The planet is warming, humans are responsible, bad results will follow, but India and China are worse offenders and we can’t afford to lose our industrial competitiveness.
    (Reuse as necessary)

    Group B:
    1) This incessant “Sky is Falling” hysteria is out of proportion.
    2) Nobody’s talking about it anymore; it’s a dead issue.
    (Reuse as necessary)

    1) Al Gore is an idiot!
    (Always available, no charge)

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 5 years ago

    Another bonus: Doing anything about it is a fundamental attack on our freedoms.

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