A heartbreaking opinion piece by a climate alarmist
This opinion piece is perhaps the first essay by a climate alarmist that I have ever read and that I would label as "heartbreaking". Adjectives like "cynical", "self-serving", and "hypocritical" come to us much more frequently.
[Only this paragraph that you're reading was added in the evening. I think that the previous paragraph written in the morning of European time makes it clear that Sellers is *not* one of the widespread alarmist people who deserve, according to my opinions, the adjectives like "cynical" etc. On the contrary, I wrote that he deserved the adjective "heartbreaking". I will demand the apology from Seth Borenstein of AP who has absolutely distorted the previous paragraph.]
Piers Sellers (60) has done lots of things in his life. One of them was spacewalking around the International Space Station. If I had to make a guess, I would think that this was the most unhealthy activity that has led to a recent diagnosis: the acting director of NASA's center for climate alarmism suffers from an incurable disease in a late stage. First U.S. woman astronaut Sally Ride has died at (similar) age of 61 of the very same pancreatic cancer. You may say it's a coincidence; or you may also realize what the cosmic radiation does to our DNA and how well the Earth's atmosphere helps to shield this radiation in comparison with the space suits, for example. My guess is that in 50 years, the number of cases will be so large that this cancer will be called the "astronauts' illness".
We're told that he has tidied up certain things, threw a party, and wanted to decide how to spend the remaining time on Earth. Mt Everest and nice beaches don't seem attractive. So instead, he's looking forward to return to his office at NASA to work on some climate alarmist tales. He assumed that he was young enough to become a witness the Climate Armageddon. Now when it's unlikely, he at least summarizes how important for climate alarmism the year 2015 has been.
Wow. Just wow. This calmness and the continuing focus on irrelevant stupidities is something that I find hard to imagine. This man has to be a true believer in his religion. Maybe the strength of his faith would win over almost all staunch Christians and most of the Muslims, too.
Would you speculate about the question whether some change of the largely ill-defined global mean temperature from an ill-defined base to an ill-defined moment will be 2.0 °C or 2.3 °C? This man does. The minimum error margin isn't much lower than 1 °C, however, and even 40 °C of warming would be way safer than the disease he's been diagnosed with. I think that most people would think how many months of life await them.
Despite his previous hopes, he won't become a witness of any existential dangers caused by the "global climate change". But that has nothing to do with the disease because neither will any person who is living at this moment. Even if the temperatures in 2100 will be higher by 3 °C than today, and they won't, it won't represent any serious challenge for the people who will live in 2100. Worries about the climate are rationally indefensible and most people do this pseudoscientific stuff professionally because they want to get decent salaries for very little work and no valuable work and they want to enjoy the advantages.
If someone is doing this stuff and spreading these alarming stories about the climate due to his true beliefs, he'll be disappointed. The truth is that the climate alarmist martyrs won't even get the 72 Swedish blonde virgins when they die, as the Muslim terrorists are promised.
Sellers dedicated one long paragraph to "the year 2015 in the climate hysteria". It's been the "warmest year by far". Well, not that the ranking is important but the satellites showed it as the 3rd warmest year, by far cooler than the warmest one, 1998. But maybe Sellers, an acting director at NASA, shares the belief with some other climate alarmists that satellites don't exist or they can't be useful to address such questions. At any rate, the year 2015 was not interesting in the climate science or the climate hysteria "cause". It was just another year of excuses and misinterpretations. The year 2016 will also be just another year in which climate alarmism very slowly dies away, too – while certain people increasingly unrealistically work on escalating this hysteria instead.
Sellers' text is so unbelievably detached from "what you would expect to be important" that I could imagine that it was – and who know, maybe even his disease was – masterminded by the climate alarmist sect in order to create a moral symbol. Maybe the true believers have gathered and picked a martyr who will strengthen the idea that the climate alarmists aren't just a bunch of dishonest parasitic hypocritical crackpots and scum but that they also include many believers who are ready to place their totally irrational faith above their own lives.
The story has surely convinced me. In the New York Times opinion piece, his true belief in all these irrelevancies and fantasies – something he has wasted much of his professional career with – is manifesting itself in innocent ways. But such a fanatical belief must be very dangerous in other contexts, right? In Michael Crichton's State of Fear, the climate ecoterrorists have organized "fake natural catastrophes" to increase the people's fear of climate change. I can surely imagine that people of Sellers' type and level of a belief could start to do such things.
At any rate, I wish him to get as much pleasure from life as he can.