Planet Gore

The Evolution of a Failed Brand

Keith Olbermann the other day, showing off his keen understanding of all this complicated climate stuff, lectured the Inhofe family — and came up with yet another definition of climate change:

You do realize that it’s cli-mate change. When it’s supposed to get warm, it gets warm-er. And where it’s supposed to get cold it gets cold-er. You got that right? It isn’t a freakin’ weather forecast from Channel 4. Grandpa Inhofe is a cheesy politician, he dudn’t understand all this complicated stuff, right?

So the “extreme weather” events in D.C. are proof for climate change? Got it. It used to be that only hot weather indicated global warming climate change, while cold weather was only weather. Now even cold-weather events indicate climate change! Things sure do change fast.

I think the safest fall-back position for warmmongers is “global weirding” — a real up-and-comer, marketing-wise. If this notion gets a foothold, any weather out of the ordinary — soon enough, that could mean any temperatures higher or lower than room temperature — becomes proof that we’re all gonna die.

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