Peter Sinclair’s latest addition to the Climate Denial Crock of the Week debunks the idiotic “they changed it to “climate change after 1998” meme … “they” being the IPCC … which apparently the paranoid delusionals (aka climate change Deniers) thought stood for ‘Intergovernmental Panel on Coerced Collectivization’
As both the video and Joseph Romm note, the irony is the fact that it was the Republicans & Deniers who made calling it ‘”climate change” a priority because “global warming” was too scary. (foreshadowing – when our collective inaction on climate leads to the inevitable social collapse the Deniers will blame scientists and progressives for the inaction).
In Romm’s opinion “I prefer “Hell and High Water,” since is more descriptive of what is to come.” Still not descriptive or accurate (ie “scary” as the Republicans put it) enough in my opinion.
Actually for descriptive and accurate an even better choice would be Patrice Ayme’s “Biosphere Collapse.” Climate change alone is sufficient to cause it, but it is hardly our only assault on the biosphere, and the impacts of CO2 are not limited to simple warming.
Then again, maybe we should just call it “Higher Taxes” the “International Panel to Lower Taxes” respectively. Then the Deniers would fight to stop ‘Higher Taxes’ and support the “IPLT” regardless of what it was doing or why.
Update:Using Books Ngram Viewer commentor Benjamin Franz found that for book titles “Climate Change” has almost always been preferred over “Global Warming”, substantially so from about 1990 onwards.
So much (again) for the “since 1998” stupidity.
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
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