A few days ago, social justice atheist PZ Myers had a blog post entitled, “Doom, doom, doom, doom.” It links to an article describing just how bad the effects of climate change will be and PZ then comments:
Future generations — I mean, the current generation — will look back on this time and regard all those Republican climate change deniers as monsters committing crimes against humanity, and the rest of us as lazy good-for-nothings who couldn’t get off our butts to arrest the liars and frauds and greedy, corrupt short-term thinkers who are busily wrecking the planet for our species.
Ah yes, scapegoating and authoritarianism. To be expected from social justice extremists and zealots. But the problem is not that PZ would not get off his lazy butt to arrest the frauds and short-term thinkers. The problem is that PZ would not get off his lazy butt and stop all his needless carbon pollution.
Let me give an example.
The next day, PZ posted a new blog entry – If you poke a sewer rat in the eye, it doesn’t respond rationally – that draws attention to a YouTube video he made: “I made a video criticizing a loony comic book guy who hates SJWs.”
Okay, so for some reason, it was important to him to go after some loony comic book guy who hates SJWs. To each his own. But just how much carbon pollution did PZ generate in doing so?
According to this site, 0.2 gm of CO2 are generated for every second of a video that is watched on the internet. So let’s run the numbers.
PZ’s video is 11:07 long (not counting the ad). That’s 667 seconds. And that’s 133.4 gms of CO2. As of the time of this writing, the video has 2070 views. So now we are up to 276,138 gms. Or, 276 kilograms. And this number doesn’t factor in the amount of CO2 generated from the 165 YouTube comments, PZ’s blog entry, and the 30 comments it generated. And of course, PZ’s video might cause the “loony comic book guy “to make a response video and it, along with its comments, will help dump even more CO2 into the air.
Since PZ’s video is only 6 days old, as time goes on, and when all is said and done, it’s not hard to believe that PZ’s one video will have helped spill a kilotonne (1000 kg) of CO2 into the atmosphere. If you consider that
On a yearly basis, the average American eats 150 burgers leading to 600 kg of emissions.
we can say that his one YouTube video has dumped more carbon into the atmosphere that roughly two people’s yearly consumption of burgers.
In fact, that same article notes,
The 600 kg of burger emissions are equivalent to about a month and a half of automobile emissions.
Wow. PZ’s one video is likely to be equivalent to about 3 months of automobile emissions.
And for what reason? All, so he can get into some battle with some loony comic book guy?
Look, from my position, as one who doesn’t pollute with YouTube videos and social media accounts, I could be the one calling for PZ’s arrest. But then, I’m not the wild-eyed extremist here who wants to arrest those who think differently.
Yet this example does more than illustrate the oh so common hypocrisy of social justice preachers. I think it also illustrates the inevitability of climate change. A climate change warrior so eager to scapegoat, yet so unwilling to signicantly reduce his carbon footprint because of some felt need to get into a fight on some obscure corner of the internet.