Ryan Air CEO: global warming is bulls**t

Sun, 2010-09-12 15:55Kevin Grandia
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Ryan Air CEO: global warming is bulls**t

There is something poetic about comparing the head of a low-budget airline company to an ostrich.

The CEO of Ryan Air, Michael O’Leary, the cheap-flight kings of Europe, is grabbing  headlines today and it is not for his company’s cramped no-frills flights, but for his comments regarding the reality of climate change.

Despite the fact that 2010 is on track to being the hottest year in recorded human history and decades of scientific evidence to the contrary from the most prestigious scientific academies in the world, O’Leary states in an interview with the Irish Independent that,

“Do I believe there is global warming? No, I believe it’s all a load of bullshit. But it’s amazing the way the whole fucking eco-warriors and the media have changed. It used to be global warming, but now, when global temperatures haven’t risen in the past 12 years, they say ‘climate change’.”

O’Leary goes on,

“… the United Nations as “one of the world’s most useless organisations”, its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as “utter tosh”, and US politician Al Gore as someone who “couldn’t even get fucking re-elected” after a boom.”

And on,

“The scientific community has nearly always been wrong in history anyway. In the Middle Ages, they were going to excommunicate Galileo because the entire scientific community said the Earth was flat… I mean, it is absolutely bizarre that the people who can’t tell us what the fucking weather is next Tuesday can predict with absolute precision what the fucking global temperatures will be in 100 years’ time. It’s horseshit.”

Given the fact that the airline industry is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gas in the world, O’Leary’s thinking shows that some people will always find it easier to bury their head in the sand than deal with a challenge. But it is also in tune with a lot of people these days.

Recent polling in the EU has shown a marked drop in the number of people who believe in the idea that greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels is the cause of climate change. An April 2010 poll found that only 38% of British respondents agreed that, “global warming is a fact and is mostly caused by emissions from vehicles and industrial facilities.”

While people like O’Leary may seem crazy to most, there will be many who will read his comments and nod their head.

Since the failure of the international talks in Copenahgen and the climate bill in the US Senate there has been a lot of talk about the need to re-build the climate movement and I couldn’t agree more. One thing that needs to be dealt with at the same time is the disconnect between the science and public opinion about the causes and consequences of climate change.

After all, it is hard to build a movement if you don’t have a critical mass that believes in the cause.

Comments

O'Learly is another one who does not know enough to appreciate how little he knows and that the little he knows is bullshit straight from the media pundits encouraged by think tanks such as CATO, CEI, Heartland and George C Marshall Institute. Not forgetting of course the likes of Monckton of Brenchley (UKIP's science bod, ROTFL) and his pals at SPPI.

OK, how about here: O'Leary says "The scientific community has nearly always been wrong in history anyway. In the Middle Ages, they were going to excommunicate Galileo because the entire scientific community said the Earth was flat..."

A few points:

- Science is cumulative knowledge over time, so stating that the scientific community has nearly always been wrong in history is disingenuous. The scientific community currently believes the world is round, but maybe the earth is actually flat? Wonder how that impacts his planes' flight trajectories?

- The scientific community doesn't excommunicate, the Catholic Church does. The scientific community, of which Galileo was apart, were the ones that said the earth was round.

- The Catholic Church didn't contest Galileo on the Earth being flat; they contested him on claiming that the Earth revolved around the Sun, rather than the other way around.

A typical comment from someone whose income is directly dependent on a polluting industry. People should be able to see through his garbage, but sadly, too many are suckers for this tripe.

The scientific community doesn't excommunicate, the Catholic Church does. The scientific community, of which Galileo was apart, were the ones that said the earth was round. bobbi boss