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Contrary to popular belief, global warming did not end because of the Polar Vortex.  If all you did was watch mainstream cable news, you'd think the entire world was covered with snow and freezing.  While it's made for some great icy news footage, the media have portrayed a pretty United States-centric view of the world.  Actually, it's a half-the-United States-centric view of the world.  California, for example, is in drought conditions and there are forest fires happening in normally snow covered and rain-soaked mountains!

It's so tempting to base your entire world view of climate change on local, or even national, weather conditions, but we should really leave that determination up to the scientists.  They're smart, they've studied this stuff for years and a huge, gigantic and vaster than vast majority of them agree that the extreme climate change we're experiencing is our own damn fault.  End of story.

The best term I've heard that is much more fitting than "global warming" is "global weirding."  That term more accurately describes the weird weather conditions we are and will continue to experience.  Changes in weather will do much more than delay flights, they will most likely change the course of, um, civilization.  That's how The Climateers came about-- a fun-loving bunch of misfits and sometimes killers out to change the world.  I hope you enjoy the cartoon, if you share it far and wide I will be eternally grateful.  And as usual, you can find more links to stories behind this cartoon on my website.

[smiley sitcom voice over]

Coming now, and forever . . .

It's a new kind of family for a new kind of world!

The Climateers!

That weird family who just keeps getting weirder! . . .  and wilder.

Meet . . .

Polar Vortex!  And his lovable pet, Denier Dan!

[Hillbilly Dan voice:  "Global warming?  What global warming?"]

Dan and Vortex will be sputtering mad when Heat Wave Hal comes home with his main squeeze, "Drought-Lady Death!"

[Vortex voice:  "Lady!  Stop tracking dead villagers all over the house!"]

And you can be sure it'll get weirder thanks to crazy-man "WIldfire Pete!"

He doesn't care what season it is, it's always fire season to him!

And, of course, when East Coast Blizzard Bob drops in, he thinks it's all about him . . .

But don't tell that to "Shrinky, the Bitterest Ice Cap Around!"

He'll go ballistic!

With The Climateers, a rising tide lifts all shanties.

And whatever happens, no one wants to spend much time at all with boring ol' "Scientific Consensus . . . "  

[Scientist:  "Um, CO2 levels have risen so dramatically, that our models must be continually . . . "]

It's way more fun to see if you can freeze an egg on the sidewalk!

So whether you curl up by the fire or die of starvation, either way, you'll love The Climateers-- a new kind of family for a new kind of world!

New episodes daily, everywhere!

Originally posted to Comics on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 06:50 AM PST.

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  •  Wow! This is terrific! (5+ / 0-)

    This will be a joy to share. Thank you, thank you!

    •  Yes, terrific! (0+ / 0-)

      Great meaty characterizations. Denial is truly ridiculous.

      Hey, you might have some more material in the reason for the CA/southwest drought, called: "The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge."

      “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

      by RandW on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 12:58:38 PM PST

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      •  sorry to be too late to rec (0+ / 0-)

        Thank you for the link to the interesting blog. I hadn't heard about the resiliant ridge. Poor California! I used to live there and still have friends and family in southern CA. I knew that last year was very dry with extremely early fires, but no one said anything about this pressure ridge. I wonder if very many people are aware of it? I'll share this link. Thanks.

  •  Scientist: "The oceans are rising." (8+ / 0-)

    Denier: "So? I live in Kansas."
    Scientist: "Guess who's coming to dinner."

    After 65 years, the ONLY thing I know absolutely and positively about life is that the check is SUPPOSED to be in the mail. That's it. Nothing else. PERIOD.

    by franklyn on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 07:04:30 AM PST

    •  And when most of the lower Mississippi (3+ / 0-)
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      drainage network, part of which runs through Kansas, becomes a huge inland sea, will they still want to live in Kansas?

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 07:26:59 AM PST

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    •  You can laugh, but global warming is certain (1+ / 0-)
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      to create winners and losers.  Some folks are absolutely determined to deny it, and that's not a credible position to anybody inclined to disbelieve you.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 07:29:48 AM PST

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      •  ? nt (0+ / 0-)

        After 65 years, the ONLY thing I know absolutely and positively about life is that the check is SUPPOSED to be in the mail. That's it. Nothing else. PERIOD.

        by franklyn on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 12:52:31 PM PST

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        •  People who need to be convinced will find you (0+ / 0-)

          unconvincing when you deny simple truths.

          It's a matter of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but that poor baby does end up getting thrown out.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 02:00:11 PM PST

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          •  I'm not denying. The denier in the tale is. (0+ / 0-)

            He's denying, at least, the possible fallout from global warming.
            Hope that clears it up.

            After 65 years, the ONLY thing I know absolutely and positively about life is that the check is SUPPOSED to be in the mail. That's it. Nothing else. PERIOD.

            by franklyn on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 02:45:15 PM PST

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            •  There's not a denier in every story. (0+ / 0-)

              Sometimes it's just somebody who hasn't been convinced.
              Not a task many environmentalists seem willing to take on.

              LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

              by dinotrac on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 03:33:40 PM PST

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  •  There was a ship stuck in the Antarctic ice so (1+ / 0-)
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    obviously Earth is getting colder, right?

  •  Don't you know that news and weather only count (5+ / 0-)

    when they happen in Washington and New York? Never mind that athletes are fainting and vomiting during the Australian Open, where they are playing tennis in temperatures of over 100 degrees. Never mind that new records for high temperatures are being set in South America and people are literally dying of the heat.

  •  Don't forget that a rising tide lifts all boats (2+ / 0-)
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    ...but only boats.  Everything else becomes the spin-off to "The Climateers" called, "The Climateers: Atlantis"

    West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

    by Nicolas Fouquet on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 07:23:47 AM PST

  •  Our news and entertainment media (and is there a (2+ / 0-)
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    meaningful difference these days?) reflect a very US-centric view of the world. I.e. if it happens here, it happens everywhere, if it's a problem here, it's a problem everywhere, and if it concerns us, it concerns everyone.

    A prominent if silly example of this is how, in nearly every disaster movie ever made in the US, the center of the disaster is invariably in some US city, usually NYC or SF (because they have very prominent landmarks which I'm sure is why AQ chose to attack the Twin Towers, kind of a self-fulfilling prophesy of sorts).

    E.g. that 10-mile asteroid impact, massive tsunami, Godzilla, earthquake, alien landing, etc., always somehow happens in a major US city.

    Obviously a reflection of most Americans' nationalist narcissism and a profit-motivated attempt to cater to and flatter it.

    So if the US northeast gets record weather for a few days, it means that the whole world was affected by it, therefore global warming is bunk.

    And they ran out of XBox One's at the local Target therefore the global manufacturing and supply chain is broken!

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 07:25:06 AM PST

  •  I cling to "global warming" for several very (1+ / 0-)
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    simple and practical reasons:

    1. It's what's actually happening on a global scale, as opposed to local or regional weather.

    2. It's the problem we can do something about.  Climate change will always happen.  Sun goes through cycles. Volcanoes erupt.  Stuff happens.  We, however, are dumping huge amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere and we don't have to.

    3. A corollary of #2: as much as polar vortexy and other weirdness makes everything fun to explain, the reality of overall climate change muddies the picture WRT global warming -- the one we can fix.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 07:28:42 AM PST

  •  When I was growing up, (2+ / 0-)
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    we had another name for the "polar vortex." We called it "winter."

  •  When Sarah Palin was Briefly Alaska's Governor, (1+ / 0-)
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    she impanelled a commission to study the effects of global warming/permafrost thawing on Alaska's infrastructure like buildings breaking apart from their foundations sinking caused by permafrost thawing, pipelines breaking because of their supports sinking because of permafrost thawing, roads breaking apart from permafrost thawing, etc.

    Kochroach and Murdoch money made her a global warming denier/liar.

  •  It's Global Warming (0+ / 0-)

    The air is warmer worldwide, hotter in summer and less cold in winter, on average.

    Spring comes sooner and autumn later in temperate and polar regions.

    The land is warmer, as above.

    The oceans are warmer, as above, and more acid, and higher from thermal expansion.

    Ice is melting from the edges of the polar regions, through the permafrost belt, all the way to to the high-mountain equatorial glaciers, and not reforming.

    Glaciers are retreating and ice is thinning all the way to the poles.

    There is more rain and snow from greater evaporation from warmer tropical oceans. The snow melts faster in spring, or fails to remain frozen all winter.

    There are more and bigger storms, floods, and droughts.

    Where it gets really cold, as at the Poles, it can't snow because saturated air can't get there. Of course, snow can blow in from further North in Antarctica and accumulate into glaciers.

    We have measured the carbon dioxide in the air, and we know quite accurately how much fossil carbon we burn.

    These are facts. It is no good for deniers to pretend to argue over the theory, because the facts are in fact worse than any model has predicted.

    There are two lines of attack on denial.

    One would be to understand its motivations, and talk to deniers where they actually live, which includes owning lots of coal for some, and getting tied up in Creationist denial of science for others. But we can't do that. At best we can talk to their children, who are falling away by the millions. In the long run, that will do.

    The second line is simple economics. The markets are now speaking. When Goldman-Sachs advises against investing in coal for energy generation and in coal export terminals, as they have done, and when most of the new energy generation capacity being built in the US is in renewables, as it is, we have to recognize that we are at the tipping point. That point is called Grid Parity.

    Soon no more coal-fired plants will be able to get construction funding. We will continue to make progress not only in solar, wind, electric vehicle, and biofuel technologies, but in getting them to market and even taking over markets. At some point the new industries will have more political clout than the old, and we will actually repeal the subsidies and put in the needed carbon tax to phase out not only coal but oil and gas.

    We must not be fooled by the naysayers into helpless handwringing. Winston Churchill said about a very different tipping point:

    Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
    Because economics, like physics, works whether you believe in it or not.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 11:46:34 AM PST

  •  Michael Crichton (0+ / 0-)

    "Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had."

    He then goes on to state:

    In past centuries, the greatest killer of women was fever following childbirth. One woman in six died of this fever. In 1795, Alexander Gordon of Aberdeen suggested that the fevers were infectious processes, and he was able to cure them. The consensus said no. In 1843, Oliver Wendell Holmes claimed puerperal fever was contagious, and presented compelling evidence. The consensus said no. In 1849, Semmelweiss demonstrated that sanitary techniques virtually eliminated puerperal fever in hospitals under his management. The consensus said he was a Jew, ignored him, and dismissed him from his post. There was in fact no agreement on puerperal fever until the start of the twentieth century. Thus the consensus took one hundred and twenty five years to arrive at the right conclusion despite the efforts of the prominent "skeptics" around the world, skeptics who were demeaned and ignored. And despite the constant ongoing deaths of women."

    •  Crichton is on the wrong end of the process (1+ / 0-)
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      It often happens that one pioneer is ignored, and that it is the children and grandchildren of the ignorers who come around. Copernicus is an extreme case, and one of the most important. Plate tectonics is another such story. We know about the Wright Brothers.

      But we went through the pioneer stage on Global Warming long ago. Succeeding generations of scientists have come around, and only the deadenders and charlatans are left. They do not get to pretend to the virtues of the pioneers when they are on the losing end of discovery.

      Also, far more self-proclaimed pioneers turn out to be cranks than visionaries. An amazing number of inventors created flying machines that could never fly before the Wrights actually did wind tunnel analysis and the like. We, like they, need evidence. Like the fact that air, sea, land, and ice are all warmer than average worldwide than ever before, and deniers are down to denying that winters are shorter and less cold than they used to be, in the face of the data.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 12:38:19 PM PST

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  •  Maunder Minimum (0+ / 0-)

    Here we come. I wonder if this has anything to do with anything? Science!

    Not everything can or should be attributed to man-made affects.  

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mohandas Gandhi

    by 2dimeshift on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 12:47:04 PM PST

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