The Whines Have It

 

OPINION — Last fall, when I learned I’d been selected the 2020 Media Person of the Year by the Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association, my first reaction was, ‘What?’ I figured there must be some mistake, or someone was playing a practical joke on me. So I called and checked and, sure enough, they’d picked me.

Not that I didn’t appreciate the honor, but I don’t even raise sheep or goats anymore. So I asked why I was chosen, and was told it was because of the work I’d done to promote the Texas sheep & goat industry. I started to ask, exactly, what work was being referred to, but decided to let sleeping goats lie, so to speak. I was afraid they might check, and find that I didn’t deserve the award. So I just said ‘thanks’ and let it go.

The annual Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association banquet, where I was to receive the award, was held in San Angelo last December 5. I was planning to go, but decided against it, because of the pollution involved in traveling to San Angelo, and the increase in my carbon footprint.

I jest. I didn’t go because I had already taken too much time off from my day job, and I was afraid I’d get fired. Plus there was the lingering possibility that it really was a joke. Plus there was no actual monetary incentive. They sent me a nice plaque, but that was about it. It’s a really nice plaque, though.

John Kerry, on the other hand, did travel to receive an award a couple of years ago. Kerry was chosen as the recipient of an environmental award for his impressive efforts in the battle against climate change. You may also have heard that Kerry was recently appointed as Joe Biden’s climate czar, and endowed with a suitably grandiose title, in which he’s tasked with saving the world, or some such. Which is really not much different than being selected as the Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association Media Person of the Year, when you think about it.

The difference is that Kerry, unlike me, attended the appropriate ceremony and accepted his award. The event was held in Iceland. And he went there on a private jet. To receive an award for fighting climate change.

Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up. I can’t even make it up, and I’m the TS&GRA’s MPY. And I have the plaque to prove it.

Now, before you woke leftists haul out your crayons and start writing me a bunch of spittle-flecked, incorrectly spelled letters pointing out that I should leave his majesty alone because he cares, he really really cares, let me point out that I don’t give half a CO2 emission where John Kerry goes, or how he gets there. The point is that he claims to care, yet he doesn’t. He wants you to ride the bus and go without deodorant and run your A/C at 80 degrees, but he doesn’t do any of those things. If you look up ‘hypocrisy’ in the dictionary, you’ll find John Kerry’s picture.

Of course, Kerry isn’t the only climate hypocrite around. There are plenty of them. Harrison Ford was asked to speak at a UN Climate Action Summit in New York a couple of years ago to raise awareness of the desperate plight of the Amazon rain forest, which has a plight, and it’s desperate, and people aren’t aware of it. So Ford waxed eloquent on the desperate plight, which he claims is caused by people polluting the atmosphere by flying in private jets. He went to the conference in his private jet. He also took his son to college in his private jet, but I’m sure it’s electric, or something.

I see you reaching for that Crayola box. Again, I don’t care how Ford travels. It’s none of my business. He can fly to Japan to watch some bad baseball in the Millennium Falcon, for all I care. But if he’s going to waste fossil fuel and pollute the air whenever he wants, so can I. And he has no right to tell me I can’t. I have a plaque, for goodness sake.

John Kerry and his jet

John Kerry and his jet

The climate is changing, of course. The climate has never not been changing. That’s what climates do. Earth has gotten warmer during the past two centuries, by less than two degrees. If human CO2 emissions have had anything at all to do with it, which hasn’t been determined, that has only been a factor since the 1960s, according to Richard Lindzen, who is an atmospheric physicist, and professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at MIT. So the bottom line is there’s nothing to worry about, and never has been.

Kerry and Ford aren’t ruining the planet with their travels. What they’re doing is ruining my digestion with their whining . . .

Kendal Hemphill is an outdoor humor columnist and minister who won’t read your tear-stained letter. Write to him anyway at [email protected]

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"If human CO2 emissions have had anything at all to do with it, which hasn’t been determined, that has only been a factor since the 1960s, according to Richard Lindzen, who is an atmospheric physicist, and professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at MIT. "

You terrorist republicans can never get anything right can you? This guy has been constantly proven wrong since the early 2010's, the fact that you had to name the ONE guy that has good credentials (but no credibility) is really telling.

https://archive.thinkprogress.org/lindzen-debunked-again-new-scientific-study-finds-his-paper-downplaying-dangers-of-human-caused-c931eeb2ecf6/

https://www.inverse.com/article/11643-climate-change-denying-mit-prof-richard-lindzen-is-suddenly-popular-still-wrong

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lindzen-cites-debunked-science_b_6812356

"If human CO2 emissions have had anything at all to do with it, which hasn’t been determined"

It most certainly has been determined,

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases

https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide

https://ourworldindata.org/co2-emissions

https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

For the record, I doubt anyone cares how John Kerry or Harrison Ford travels around, kind of presumptuous of you to think anyone would really. But the terrorist republicans have to play victim, this time scared of horrible letters written with crayon by people they are also scared of.

 "woke leftists haul out your crayons and start writing me a bunch of spittle-flecked, incorrectly spelled letters"

Wow. You're really funny. Maybe you should write a humor column. By the way, you got spittle all over your monitor, there, Daisy.

Must be lonely just Me Someone and the voices in his/her head. Probably a little scary too since surrounded by all those terrorist republicans ;)

I absolutely love your columns thanks!

"By the way, you got spittle all over your monitor, there, Daisy."

I have since cleaned it off.

CGM5, Tue, 03/23/2021 - 18:03

Don't be concerned about ME SOMEONE Mr. Hemphill. He is just a frustrated youngster. When he gets a little older, I'm hoping he will find a girlfriend to focus his attention on.

The science of global warming, or global climate change depending on the season ;) is far from “settled”. The predicted climate apocalypse is based entirely on models, which like political polls, are easily manipulated to produce a desired outcome.

The “peer reviewed” process is biased as well! Millions upon millions of dollars go into research funded by grant money. So if you’re not a member of The Club, then your findings are dismissed out of hand.
 

Notice no one here that is responding to me has anything to prove what they are saying, all they do is say things without any proof to back it up. At least I provide links supporting my position. But that is what you get from the same people who tried to take over the government to install a reality show host as dictator on the 6th of January.

You're right.

BTW, I've stopped arguing with delusional people.

I just say 'you're right' and go on with my life.

Translation - " I don't have any valid arguments and I can't prove my point because deep down I know I am wrong"

Thank you conceding the discussion to me, I will use your quote in future posts.

I already explained this to you. I don’t post links because I consider it an exercise in futility. Also this is an OPINION forum pretty sure why posting links is no longer allowed. But hey you do you and I’ll do me ok?

If you want to know what sites I frequent...The American Thinker, National Review, Townhall obviously more along the lines of the conservative point of view ;)

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