How the Environmentalists Screwed Us

5-20-13-Bearman-Cartoon-Why Environmentalists Screwed Us

Today’s cartoon is for the environmental movement and what I consider a failure of public opinion.   Many of my friends on social media are sharing this article which asks the question why people can’t believe in Global Warming if the majority of scientists do.  On one post by fellow Cincinnatian Craig Froehle I wrote the following:

I think the Environmental movement made a grave mistake years ago when pushing the Global Warming agenda.  Not saying it is true but even those who believe in Global Warming will point to history of it happening on earth and question whether the current climate change is man made or natural.

Pollution seemed to be something people could grasp as it was something visual they could see and see the effects of making better choices.   IMO many of the strides we made years ago to fight pollution are being stalled as people debate Global Warming.

Pollution and the impact of it is a visible thing.   So when we clean our rivers or our air, we can see a visual impact of our efforts which in turn helps decrease issues with Global Warming.   But now we are hung up in a debate whether it is man-made or naturally occurring.

What do you think?

 

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Include Bearman in a webcomic – $10

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For the remainder of the month I am still counting new google plus users and donating that money to the Red Cross.

 

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  1. Steve Hall says:

    It really doesn’t matter if global-warming is man-made or not: It’s happening, and we can do things to slow it down. We should be doing those things. Or stop wringing our hands every time evidence of climate change slaps us in the face (e.g., Hurricane Sandy, Moore OK, etc.).

    • Bearman says:

      Agree, but there are too much arguments about semantics. If I said the things you do for the environment will make the air cleaner or the water we drink cleaner you tend not to get the same arguments as when you say it will prevent the massive Hurricanes.

  2. Comedy Plus says:

    Climate is cyclical and always have been. I think we are pretty insignificant to think we can change the weather. We should ALL treat our planet with respect though. It’s our home and should be tended to properly.

    I can remember in the 80s we were going to have another ice age. I wonder who make the money on that one? We know who did on the global warming.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  3. George says:

    I think that most people would rather help a new cause than to contribute or do something about the “older” problems. Even charity has gotten “fashionable” these days.

  4. Colleen says:

    The only people left who don’t believe humans had anything to do with climate change, and ergo, we can’t bump it back on track, in 2013, are (excuse me but there is no other word) morons.

  5. DadaHyena says:

    People who talk about pollution sure have big chins. In fact the ‘no-proof’ guy seems to notice it, too (look where his hand is pointing)!

  6. Bo Lumpkin says:

    This global warmin’ almost froze some folks this year.
    Take care of our environment as much as you can but don’t tell me what to do until you have done all you can yourself.
    I get sick of these politicians and superstars flying all over the world telling us how we need to cut back when their carbon footprint is hundreds of times bigger than mine.
    Most of the time I drive a Honda that gets 45 miles per gallon and I don’t break the speed limit.
    Excuse me now…some politician just took my soapbox.

    • Bearman says:

      You don’t break the speed limit? I wish I could honestly say the same.

      Agree. Wonder how much it costs to light up those giant mansions.

  7. Dave says:

    I happened to open a book from a library a couple of years back and it was talking about global cooling. I checked the copyright and it was around 81 or 82. I thought that was interesting because of the thoughts on it today.

    Call it pollution, not global warming because there is no debate about the former.

    There are 1001 causes to get involved in. I say one should work with all their might to help in whatever cause they have chosen. Help, don’t argue. I’ve never really seen somebody’s point of view when they browbeat me with it.

    Positive change can happen when a person takes responsibilities for their actions and tries to make a difference.

    • Bearman says:

      Agree. I think at times we spend too much time arguing about what we should do versus just doing.

      • Dave says:

        Holy cow, after looking at the size of some of these comments the word count for this post must be through the roof.

        Glad a controversial topic has stayed civil… I dare you to ask something like this on Facebook and see why happens ;-)

        • Bearman says:

          All the people that come here tend to be civil. They know I enjoy a lively debate but hate when it becomes personal

  8. Mike W says:

    Do we need to find a source of clean energy? Of course we do. We’re destroying our planet. But you’re exactly right about how the eco-nazis have screwed us.

    It doesn’t help when people like Al Gore blare things like a 20 foot sea level rise (ain’t happening. Might get 17 inches by 2100). Others holler about the sea ice receding–meanwhile, the Bering Sea fishing boat captains are complaining the ice gets thicker and extends further south every year. What?

    Remember they used to call it global warming. That changed, now they call it Climate Change because in fact, in the last 10 years, there hasn’t been any warming. And yet they are still screaming how the earth is SO much warmer than before. Sure. 0.6 degrees.

    I got a news flash, people don’t see a 0.6 degree shift in global temperature as significant. The glaciers have been receding for 22,000 years. You want us to stop them now when they are almost gone?

    Here’s the scary part everyone seems to leave out. The end result of global warming is an ice age (technically called a glacial period), and we are due for one sometime in the near (geologically speaking) future.

    I don’t know if “climate change” is entirely our fault or not, or if there is anything we can do to stop it. What I do know is, every time someone exaggerates the facts or skews a chart or whatever to garner attention on the subject, they alienate more people because frankly, people are sick of it.

    Sorry for ranting Bearman, but at any rate, I agree with you 100 percent.

    • Bearman says:

      I love when my work elicits a rant, so rant on.

      I’ll be honest. What I do know is that what we do affects the environment. Whether or not that means it is our fault the ice caps are melting or something else I’ll leave to the more intelligent people to debate. But it seems we could get some momentum just by a little change in focus.

  9. Binky says:

    Most people are much too narcissistic and self indulgent. They will do whatever they want if it provides immediate fulfillment. They’ll deny everything until it’s too late to do anything about it.

  10. David Hurley says:

    Whatever the cause, we should be doing what we can to help prevent it instead of fighting over who’s right or wrong.

  11. Bill Murphy says:

    There has been so many arguments and relationships damaged over the environment.
    The world would be such a nicer place without it.
    :P

  12. I’m old enough to have been crawling around during the Jurassic, so…
    you know…
    I’m almost always a bit cold.

  13. Nate Fakes says:

    My big political rant is I want to see more passenger trains in the US. It seems like a lot of European countries don’t use cars much – we do. I don’t know how big of an impact that has on global warming, but as a non-scientist – I think it sounds like a good idea. Plus, I like riding trains.

    • Bearman says:

      It is amazing how we dug up all our tracks 75 years ago now wishing we didn’t

      • Bo Lumpkin says:

        And when the railroads were built many people said they were destroying the country. (Just for the record that is from reading. I was not personally around when the first railroads were built.)

      • The big three auto makers embarked on a program in the 1950′s to get major cities to dismantle their mass transit systems, and it worked to a great extent.

        I don’t understand what harm there is by erring on the side of being environmentally friendly. I think the experts that say Global Warming is not real are largely funded by the petroleum industry. That people were saying one thing in the 1980′s, and another thing now, probably means that the science has advanced, and that they understand what is going a on a little better now.

        • Bearman says:

          True…while I am not a fan of Al Gore’s carbon credits, I do think we need to be doing more. Maybe take the old railway right of ways and make them bus only.

  14. Nef says:

    I agree with your point. We have had improvements in fighting pollution over the years, even though the population has increased.

    No matter how limited you think our progress has been, the Midwest and the South are keeping the majority of their fertile soil under their plants and not flying around in a “dust bowl”, the smog in the big cities has been significantly reduced from the 1970′s levels, and we have not had any more rivers catching fire or significant incidences of acid rain. These are things that we have taken responsibility for and have effected change.

    Regardless of whether we can effect change on climate change or not, things like clean fresh water, fertile agricultural land, a safe food supply and sustainable energy development are things that have had and are having an impact in our daily lives, national security and economic sustainability.

    Arguing over climate change leads to inaction and to excuses to revert whatever progress we have had for the sake of immediate gain. Also, developed nations burned their way to prosperity with oil and can’t preclude emerging economies from doing the same unless we offer them a better alternative.

  15. frigginloon says:

    Reminds me of a bumper sticker I once saw. It had a picture of the earth with “Ignore it and it will go away.”

    For the whole enviromental issue debate to work it needs to broken up. When people hear “global warming” now, they roll their eyes because most believe it is too big, too late and beyond our control.

    It needs to be simplified and manageable. Treat it like household chores, some people focus on recycling, some on planting trees, some people ride their bikes to work, some people on solar energy etc.

    You can’t rely on the government they are secretly behind defusing the issues.

    When I was a kid they had solar car races across Australia. That was friggin 40 years ago and we still haven’t advanced on that. In fact when the cars began improving they stopped the event.

    Sorry Bearman… but you asked for rants )

    • Bearman says:

      You were a kid 40 years ago? So that makes you……

      I need pictures of a solar car race from then. I wonder what technology they used.

      • Andro says:

        It was the old Flintstone type contraption, a sort of pick it up and run with it sort of thing :) Mind you if Loon is forty, erm and a bit then perhaps the solar buggies were their interpretation of advanced technology, unless Tarzan was on the vines of course and then it would have been a bit of a jungle hop… Especially after a curry and you know the old jingle for that one? :) lol How do you mean you’ve never heard of it? :( Okay then just for you…

        Tarzan in the jungle had a bellyache,
        Wanted to go to the toilet, POOP too late :(

        You have to say that one out loud and do the farting expressions for it to be funny but hey you wanted to know the jingle so there you have it :) lmao

        Have a great rest of the weekend Bearman and watch out for that Global warming crap, it has a negative effect on loin cloths as well as some other parts that other ice ages cannot reach :)

  16. susi spice says:

    most people dont care very much i think because it doesnt affect us as badly right now. but our future generations will feel it. But people simply dont care, they are selfish beings who only want what they want right now without thinking of the conseaquences.

  17. Andro says:

    This is great cartooning as always Bearman :)

  18. G. B. Miller says:

    I think the movement really shot itself in both feet when a lot of the reports/research that it was based on was later proven to be false. With all of the scandals in the scientific community going on because of this Global Warming, it will be a very long time before anyone takes it seriously.

    Note, some dumbass Democrat senator tried to blame the Oklahoma tornado tragedy on global warming.

    • Bearman says:

      I think anything we can do to improve the quality of our environment for future generations is positive. But I think it has to be in sizeable chunks that people can impact.

    • Ed says:

      Um what are you talking about? What reports/research was/were “false”?? Unless you can be more specific, and actually regardless of that, because 97% of scientists are in agreement (note the word “scientists” and not some politico, nor radio host, nor some “blogger” claiming to know more than NASA, and all the other 97%), then you are propagating the notion that it is “false” – contrary to facts.

      It’s a known tactic – starting with “doctors” working for the tobacco industry. We all know what the truth is today.

  19. Deb says:

    I can’t say we caused Global Warming, but I’m sure we cause all the pollution.
    Cool drawing too!
    Happy Memorial Day!

  20. Cha says:

    love it!
    “man made” or not, we should focus on what’s important to prevent it. I’ve heard so many people say “I don’t care, I won’t be here anymore in a few years”…. That makes me SO angry. There are so many stupid people… they just don’t care. I think they make everything more complicated and to me, they are the problem!

  21. Mark Stokes says:

    What a difference 30 years makes.

  22. Ed says:

    IMHO, it’s all about who people want to listen to. And if the choice defies logic (e.g. a radio host vs. a scientist), then the result is, as expected, illogical (aka “stupid”, “uniformed”, “bubble brain”, etc.).

    When phrases like “it’s snowing in _____ so where is Global warming”, actually make sense to people, then, that is a problem of illiteracy – the phrase “Global Warming” in fact includes the word “Global” – and that’s just taking the phrase literally…if the literal word can’t make it past some brain circuitry, oh well, dumb is dumb. It is what it is…..

    • Bearman says:

      Hey Ed, thanks for stopping by and weighing in. I think the issue that most people have (forgetting the outliers) is the data on man made versus natural. Pollution no one would say it is natural.

  23. Tony McGurk says:

    IMO the biggest problem with stopping pollution isn’t the Average Joe but the big companies. We recycle our rubbish, compost our plant & veggie matter, use low energy light globes & appliances etc etc etc… However for the big companies to change their ways costs money & all they’re interested in is saving on costs & increasing profit. Therefore they will continue to pollute to keep the profits rolling in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving electricity, recycling etc but I think for big changes to occur it has to take effect with the Big Polluters to make a real difference & I don’t think their greed for the almighty dollar will allow that to happen. I believe that pollution along with the destruction of forests, exploitation of natural resources etc will simply continue for the sake of the big corporate money makers of this world. Well that[‘s my $0.02 worth anyway



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