common ground on a heated issue

I don't see why people are having such a hard time over the connection between global warming and arson, but they are, along the usual predictable political fault lines. While the California fires were still raging, the Democrats were quick to spot the cause as global warming. But then, when it turned out that the proximate cause was arson, the global warming claim died down, a new finger was pointed at Blackwater while Republican commentators brayed about the fire's human origin.

Many sarcastic claims were made that "global warming causes arson." (Which, if you think about it, isn't all that different from saying that global warming causes terrorism, violence or even nightmares in children.)

Both sides are IMO, overlooking a common area of potential agreement. If you rearrange the words, and use a little logic, isn't it obvious that arson causes global warming? Arson equals fire which equals not only the release of heat, but the release of more C02, right? So all who believe in AGW theory ought to be able to agree on arson as a contributory cause, and even the skeptics ought to be able to allow that arson does at least heat up the area where the arson is committed.

In fact if the entire world were set on fire, few would argue that it wouldn't be hotter.

The more I thought about this (and I tried to be very careful and scientific), the more I was drawn to a remarkable conclusion, on which we can all agree. FIRE IS HOT.

The rest is a simple step.

Can we all get along now?

posted by Eric on 10.28.07 at 09:34 AM










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"The more I thought about this (and I tried to be very careful and scientific), the more I was drawn to a remarkable conclusion, on which we can all agree. FIRE IS HOT."

Allow me to impersonate the attitude of a typical AGW proponent in refuting your remark:

"Fire is not hot! You probably get all your so-called climate change denying facts straight from the Flat Earth society and Hitler Youth, which you obviously belong. If you had a brain, you'd know that hotness is relative and that only temperatures above that of the Sun are accepted as hot by scientific consensus. None of your childish denial of global warming will change this irrefutable fact! (PS. I want Al Gore in me! Now THAT'S hot!)"

Btw, on setting the world on fire:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/icpinsaneclownposse/fucktheworld.html

Scott   ·  October 28, 2007 11:34 PM

One fire got started as a backfire. Another when some powerlines got disconnected by santana winds. The first could be called arson if you stretched the meaning of intent out of all proportion, but intent is only a factor when the agency is sentient and capable.

BTW, the next time you have an opportunity to watch a video of any of the Southern California fires, note what didn't burn.

Alan Kellogg   ·  October 29, 2007 6:20 PM

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