Walking The Talk Is Not Enough To Solve ‘Climate Change’ Or Something

Yet another piece explaining why it is A-OK for Warmists to be utter hypocrites

Personal responsibility is not enough to fix climate change

Is Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a climate hypocrite? That was the recent charge leveled against the freshman member of Congress, due to her apparent preference for car travel over public transit. The New York Democrat is outspoken on the need to take action on climate change and is the motivating force behind the much hyped Green New Deal, which aims to zero out greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 2030.

Ocasio-Cortez is only the latest in a long line of green advocates who have been tagged with the hypocrisy label. The home of former vice president Al Gore uses 20 times the electricity of the typical house. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio warns of the dangers of fossil fuels while flying around on private jets. Not that green activists are necessarily great at giving others advice on how to reduce their carbon footprint either. When she was asked what people could do personally to fight climate change, Ocasio-Cortez had decided to suggest not using disposable plastic razors when you shave.

I enjoy poking fun at these folks as much as the next guy, but there is a deeper point involved here. In fact, one of the things that makes climate change such a difficult problem to solve is that it is impossible for a single person, or perhaps even a single nation, to do much to reduce emissions at all. Climate change is an example of what is called a collective action problem. This is a situation where everyone would benefit by taking a certain action, but only if everyone else does as well.

Of course, in Warmist World, it’s always about forcing Someone Else to live the tenants of the Cult of Climastrology. About government force. Screed writer Josiah Neely really, really, really tries to make the point about it not being hypocrisy for many more paragraphs before getting to

So how do you solve a collective action problem? Well that is easier said than done. Sometimes a collective action problem can be overcome by having the group make a decision binding on everyone. Before 1979, few hockey players wore helmets despite the increased risk of injury because a player in a helmet was thought to be at a competitive disadvantage to one without a helmet. Now all players wear helmets. What changed? The National Hockey League made wearing helmets mandatory. This option is not available in the case of climate change, however, because thankfully there is no world government that can mandate emissions reductions.

Yes, the NHL demanded this, and most of the players were on board with it. But, then, they are a private group. The point Josiah is trying to note here is that government should force everyone to comply. Josiah can yammer about being thankful that there is no world government to mandate reductions, but, it all leads up to government force. But, until such time as Warmists show us that this is real by practicing what they preach, we can see this for what it is: hard left politics, with all the money grabbing, redistribution of wealth, controlling people’s lives, etc.

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32 Responses to “Walking The Talk Is Not Enough To Solve ‘Climate Change’ Or Something”

  1. Bill Bear says:

    Porter Good hurls personal attacks at Ocasio-Cortez and other climate advocates for one reason, and one reason only: He cannot and will not conduct an honest, rational, fact-based discussion of climate change. It is soooo much easier for Good to attack people rather than discuss the facts.

    • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

      Sez a nignorant little “bear” who doesn’t have enough sense to shit in the woods. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

    • david7134 says:

      Do the greenhouse experiment and see that your religion in phoney.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:


        Why don’t YOU do the experiment and become famous for finally falsifying the Theory of Man-made Global Warming! You’ll be bigger than David Duke, Richard Spencer, Tony Wuwt and Alex Jones combined!

        DJ would probably make you his top scientific advisor.

        Are you afraid the experiment won’t yield your desired results? BTW, what are your desired results?

        • formwiz says:

          He doesn’t need to do it. He has his head on straight.

          You’re the one who will be buried with an anal-cranial inversion.

        • david7134 says:

          I think that problem is that you are confused about terminology. Climate change is not a theory, it is a hypothesis. By doing this experiment, you could elevate it to a theory if the temperature is hotter in the variable greenhouse. Which it won’t be.

    • formwiz says:

      No, she’s just so ridiculous, people can’t take her seriously.

      Just like you.

      an honest, rational, fact-based discussion of climate change

      And Lord knows we’ve tried. Some people, you come to mind enjoy the stupid.

      • Bill Bear says:

        “And Lord knows we’ve tried.”

        formwiz is lying, of course.

        “You’re the one who will be buried with an anal-cranial inversion.”

        And there is the proof that formwiz is lying.

  2. david7134 says:

    The only thing that Occasional Cortex has going for her is a hot body and great rack.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      So why does she scare you so?

      • formwiz says:

        Clearly, she doesn’t.

        She’s not my type, so all she is, and I think I speak for almost everyone in the country, is comic relief.

      • david7134 says:

        You really don’t have a read on current events. I love AOC. She is the best thing since stink. She has, by herself, assured the re-election of Trump. Winning, MAGA.

  3. Some Hillbilly in St Louis says:

    When did Jeffy start having multiple personality disorder?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      When did Hillery in St. Louis become obsessive?

    • Dana says:

      The mental illness of liberalism manifests itself in so many ways.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Do you believe in gods, demons, devils, angels, miracles etc?

        • david7134 says:

          I note that you constantly show your ass by saying stuff about religion as part of your desire to get an argument going. It sounds very juvenile as all of us went through that stage in college and came out with a variety of attitude. Your mother should have told you that it is not polite, but then they totally failed in all respects. But consider this, look up Pascal’s wager.

  4. Dana says:

    It’s a reasonable argument that only a few true believers in global warming climate change taking individual action will do nothing, but the real problem is that few people can take those people seriously if they don’t take those individual actions themselves. After all, if they won’t voluntarily take the actions they want to impose on everybody else, why should we think that they actually believe the statements they make?

    They want to lead? Then lead by example!

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      I will absolutely, willingly and happily pay the carbon tax that I support.


      • david7134 says:

        Start paying it, you don’t need a law and that will cause our weather to be better, or something.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          david typed: There can’t be two people that stupid on this planet.

          david + formwiz = 2

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:


          The objective of a pigovian tax is not to collect money but to repair a market failure, in this case, that the market cost of fossil fuels does not capture the total cost of their use (including “negative externalities” associated with pollution and global warming).

          And you can avoid the tax by burning less fossil fuel!

          This common argument device used by the right – “iffn you want higher taxes, just pay it urselves” – ignores that we’re all in this together and slowing global warming will take us all.

          • david7134 says:

            Yea, that would really work. NOT. All that for a hoax and you can not see how it would harm the country and the middle class. So, why don’t you start paying the tax and tell us how it works.

  5. Hey, guys, just to be clear, it doesn’t look like Bill Bear and Jeff are the same person. Different IPs and different emails, and, sure, there are ways to do it, but, I’m confident they are two different liberals.

  6. Kye says:

    Soooo Teach is Good, Jeff is Elwood and Bear is not Jeff? Got it.

    Actually Bear seems to be a younger Elwood to me.

    • david7134 says:

      The best is using some old cut and paste material from Jeff’s library. Plus their styles are similar as is the voice.

    • Yeah, Bear is using my real name, which can be found on my About page, in an attempt to annoy me. Which, other than email and IP (yeah, I know how that works), I’m pretty sure someone else.

  7. Bill Bear says:

    If Porter Good is annoyed by being held responsible for his own words, then that tells us more about him than he might like.

    • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

      He didn’t say he was annoyed, dipshit.
      Your reading miscomprehension tells us more about you than you might like.

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