Another warmist troglodyte is visiting New Zealand to bang the warmist drum before the Select Committee, following on the heels of that stranger to honesty, Stephen Schneider. This time round it’s cuddly old Bill McKibben, who told New Zealanders yesterday, “New Zealand is retrograde; you’re just not getting it like other countries are.”
You know what dear old Bill means by “getting it”? Here’s a clue. In his 1989 diatribe 'The End of Nature' he quoted approvingly this benediction to alligators by John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club -- "a good epigram" he called it:
Honorable representatives of the great saurians of older creation, may you long enjoy your lilies and rushes, and be blessed now and then with a mouthful of terror-stricken man by way of a dainty.
And in a glowing review of Bill’s diatribe, National Park Service biologist David Graber showed he “gets it.”
We are not interested in the utility of a particular species, or free-flowing river, or ecosystem to mankind [said Davo]. They have intrinsic value, more value—to me—than another human body, or a billion of them.… It is cosmically unlikely that the developed world will choose to end its orgy of fossil-energy consumption, and the Third World its suicidal consumption of landscape. Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along..
“McKibben is a biocentrist,” said Graber, “and so am I.”
If “wishing for the right virus to come along” is what it means to be a “biocentrist” – if wishing alligators “a mouthful of terror-stricken man” is what it means to “get it,” then what Bill can go and get is to get fucked.
NB 1: More quotes from McKibben’s confreres here.
NB 2: George Reisman comments on the Nature of Environmentalism here, which includes a comment on the context and meaning of the quotes above.
UPDATE: Always hip to pointing out that correlation is not causality, Jeffrey Tucker wryly observes that “Global temperature changes caused by postage stamp increase. If you doubt it,” he says, “see the proof, with statistics and all that.”