The Climate Change Express: Ignoring Your Views at Every Meal

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Ordinary people don’t care about climate change. How many times do they have to say so?

west-virginia-train photo credit: John Collier, The American Memory Collection (click)

Imagine you’re on a multi-day train ride. Perhaps you’re crossing Australia. Or Africa. Perhaps you’re retracing the historic Orient Express route, from Istanbul to Calais.

At every meal you’re handed a menu with three choices: chicken, beef, or vegetarian. And at every meal the waiters serve everyone on the train the vegetarian option.

It doesn’t matter how clearly, loudly, or politely you speak when placing your order. It doesn’t matter whether you tip the waiters generously or not at all – the result is always the same.

The train is an alternate universe in which your input is ritually requested and then ritually ignored. No matter how many times (or in how many languages) those in charge are reminded that the vast majority…

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About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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3 Responses to The Climate Change Express: Ignoring Your Views at Every Meal

  1. It’s called tyranny.

  2.  D J Cotton   says:

    On Lucia’s thread about my comments, Neil J. King (a Skeptical Science team member) made a laughable mistake.

    He dug out his old physics book and used a few equations about energy distribution among molecules, but they were equations that did not take into account the force of gravity. That was the very thing we were talking about, namely how gravity brings about an autonomous thermal gradient (aka lapse rate) in any planet’s troposphere.

    The relevance of all this to climate change is that, firstly, Skeptical Science is stumped, and of course the greenhouse is smashed.

  3. Gary says:

    The mystery question is why aren’t the waiters thrown off the train?

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