Warmists Using Fossil Fuels Is Totally Not Hypocrisy Or Something

Members of the Cult of Climastrology always have an excuse for their own failure to practice what they preach, for being climahypocrites. I remember one little Warmists back in the day on the NJ.com Hardball Politics forum stating that she can’t give up her fossil fueled (FF) minivan because she has to get the kids here and there and run errands and stuff. Remember the old Arianna Huffington thing when she saw no problem taking a FF private jet because it was going that way? There are all sorts of climahypocrites, especially the celebs and such. And we end up with this

From the article by Jeremiah Traeger

In the debate over climate change (which is not happening among climate scientists), an increasingly common tactic among deniers is to accuse the other side of hypocrisy if their life happens to benefit from fossil fuels in any way. Obviously, if global warming is as big of a threat as the scientific consensus claims to be, shouldn’t we be doing absolutely everything in our power to reduce our carbon footprint? Shouldn’t we stop driving our cars completely, stop using energy that origninates from our coal-fueled power plants, and live out our days in Amish-level simplicity to avoid producing any level of emissions as we can?

Well, yeah.

Speaking for myself, I’ve definitely taken steps to reduce my carbon footprint. I bike when going somewhere local, I ride the bus going to Denver and the airport, I am a vegetarian (one of the best ways as an individual to cut down on emissions), I use a drying rack instead of a dryer, and my household pays a little extra on our bills so that our energy comes from a nearby wind plant*. However, I still need to use my car when there’s a blizzard or my destination is more than a few miles away. My home still needs to be heated in the winter. I take flights across the country as regularly as anyone else. I am certainly not carbon-neutral. When I spread facts on social media about climate change, I inevitably get interrogated to find out if I use fossil fuels, and I cannot avoid being honest and tell them the truth.

Warmists want it both ways for themselves, but not for Other People.

Does this mean that climate change isn’t happening? Obviously not. The actions of the messenger have zero impact on the rate of global temperature.  Accusing climate activists of not living up to a reduced-carbon lifestyle is largely an ad-hominem attack on the messenger of the facts, as opposed to addressing the facts as they stand. So, yes, this is a terrible argument if you are trying to convince anyone that climate change isn’t real (or that we humans aren’t causing it).

If their use has zero impact, then why do the rest of us need to have our lives changed by Government regulation? Apparently, our use of FF has zero impact.

Anyhow, Jeremiah keeps going on and on and on, attempting to build the case that it’s A-OK for himself and his fellow Warmists to continue their actions that are murdering the climate, ending with

Ultimately, calling out climate-change activists for utilizing fossil fuels seems to function effectively only as a silencing tactic. It diverts the conversation away from the relevant discussion of facts and what steps we can take to mitigate Anthropogenic Global Warming’s effects. It also works as a silencer, because if all climate activists were to cease immediately from using any fossil fuels whatsoever, they would not be able to spread their message nearly as effectively as the side that wants to muddy the conversation and ignore the scientific message. Yes, many of us use fossil fuels, and many of us are trying to change that. But if someone is going to focus on activist lifestyle instead of the major problems that can be changed, the conversation is a waste of time.

They always have an excuse. Because, really, this whole thing has nothing to do with the environment, nothing to do with climate. It’s all about power, and increasing the size and scope of centralized Government over citizens and private entities, taking over economies and the energy sector, while implementing all sorts of taxes and fees, redistributing Other People’s money. Funny how the Warmists never think all this won’t affect their own lives.

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8 Responses to “Warmists Using Fossil Fuels Is Totally Not Hypocrisy Or Something”

  1. Dana says:

    The use of fossil fuels is simply part of life, unless someone wants to live full Ted Kaczynski, who was obviously nuts.

    But it isn’t hypocrisy if someone is actively trying to reduce his use of fossil fuels, just because he hasn’t reduced it to zero. It’s the outrageous things, such as the private jets and limos, and the huge homes, that mark Democrisy.

    I’ve said it before, but the elites don’t seem interested: videoconferencing is the easiest way that they can reduce — not eliminate — their carbon ‘footprint.’ They don’t do that, because they enjoy the perks of travel.

  2. alanstorm says:

    It also works as a silencer

    I wish.

    because if all climate activists were to cease immediately from using any fossil fuels whatsoever, they would not be able to spread their message nearly as effectively as the side that wants to muddy the conversation and ignore the scientific message.

    Completely tone-deaf. The side ignoring the science are the climate alarmists, spreading scary stories instead of showing evidence.

  3. Jeffery says:

    Expecting perfection from your opponent is a common and cheap arguing tactic.

    Climate realists have smaller C footprints than climate deniers in their same socioeconomic class.

    Your insistence that climate realists use no fossil fuels would be like a progressive asking a fiscal conservative to give up all federal amenities. Give up your Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, stay off our federal highways, stop breathing our clean air and drinking our clean water, stop taking our FDA approved drugs, stay out of our schools….

  4. Zachriel says:

    Any realistic plan to address climate change requires robust economic growth to fuel technological innovation. Energy sources that emit carbon will continue to be necessary during the transition to a green future.

  5. Friday morning links

    A book by John Hawkins:  101 Things All Young Adults Should Know  Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction Are men with beards more desirable?   Crossing the Congo Is Truly a Journey Across Hell on Earth

  6. Ken in NH says:

    Que Instapundit: I’ll believe it’s a crisis when those telling me it’s a crisis act like it’s a crisis.

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