First the good news
Good news to report on the comments section here. Our quality control team has upgraded the measure of last week’s comments to "HAS POSSIBILITIES." This is not, in itself, a terrifically high standard, but the previous week's rating was a solid "FLAMBOYANTLY STUPID," so we are encouraged and excited. I'll skip the back-and forth that readers had about the grammatical difference between ITS and IT'S, because I am confident the rule on that has already been worked out. If I made a mistake, it’s because I wasn't paying attention.
On the cleverness front, there was this, aimed at me:
Oh , and how about this for an improved "carbon policy"; hold your breath for about 20 minutes.... two problems solved, no carbon dioxide emissions and one less person.
which on the face of it is a pretty tired joke, but it was in response to a post I wrote on both carbon and population, and the writer tied both together in one thought, so points for that.
On the other hand there was this:
By the way, what genius or geniuses thought Al Gore would be a great spokesman for the environmental cause? He was one of the most divisive, polarizing figures from the 1990s, someone whose own personal carbon footprint probably equals 20 or so Indian citizens.
Leaving aside the last part about whether Al Gore has offset his carbon footprint in a real way, which is a legitimate question, two things. First the charge of hypocrisy is a dog that has a way of biting its handler, but it's irrelevant here anyway. Al Gore is not the climate. But the premise that Gore was “selected” as a spokesman suggests a misunderstanding of how the world works that is bafflingly hard to quantify. Gore saw the seriousness of the problem more vividly and sooner than the vast majority of Americans and bestirred himself to do something about it. The writer of the above could have done the same, but chose otherwise. And if Al Gore has no persuasion skills, I'd say he has overcome his disability to a kinda astonishing degree. --Tom Toles
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