Other than that everyone agrees that someone else should do something about climate change
If quality humor upsets you, you have a big dump in your pants. Great read!
1st. lol at the comments getting mad at the humor, when the bio literally says "comedy writer"
2nd. I also get frustrated with the US isn't listed first in the drop down box. Even worse is when Argentina lists us as Estados Unidas, and I have to scroll down to the U's, then back up to the E's.
3rd. As someone who works on Gas Turbines, I will stay out of climate change debate, except to say... Go Hydrogen.
Enjoyed this, but disappointed that while Attenborough was lampooned, Greta was not. Also, India just admits they won't play ball, so they should at least get kudos for honesty. China is lying again (we know this because they said something).
This made me laugh, and it got funnier the more comments I read about people not liking the humor. I'm a bad person.
Also, the substantive points made all seem correct.
I loved this, including both the humor (desperately needed in these times) and the substantive takeaway. It’s possible to see some progress on these issues if you step back, tune out the clickbaity headlines, and look at what’s actually happening. Yeah it’s slow and deeply imperfect, but that’s how progress is actually made.
A lot of people seem to believe that there are quick and neat solutions to complex and difficult problems, and that it’s possible to achieve perfect or nearly perfect outcomes. I’m not sure how you live long enough to reach adulthood and maintain such an outlook.
Great post — excited to have found imightbewrong!
I enjoyed the humor and pithy summary of the climate summit. Better still, I just discovered and listened to Jeff’s “why the Dem’s political brand sucks” 3-part series. I have yet to see the trans Twix commercial, but will look it up. In today’s media, are Jeff and reporters like Peter Hamby weird outliers? Or are there actually many more normies, but simply keeping their heads down?
I'm pro-comedy, but, like... good comedy. This was pretty weak
Your flip and adolescent tone in writing about the greatest threat faced by humankind today is irresponsible and offensive.
Furthermore, it violates this community's most sacred principle:
No humor in the OP. We write the jokes in the comments section.
I would like to see Matt do a piece on what it is to be a journalist. I am increasingly in distrust of journalism. The recent Rittenhouse case realy drive this home. Basic facts along with the general contours of the case were bypassed to jump to political takes. Im struck that I really can’t trust any journalistic institution. Who is following the facts wherever it leads them? The journalist following the Rittenhouse case sounded no different than the attorneys prosecuting (and defending) the case. Rittenhouse’s attorney actually seemed like the most evenhanded person I heard. So Matt, what does it mean to be a journalist in 2021? Is it all politics now?
At about the third sentence, I was thinking, "huh, Matt Y is trying out a new style for this post." By the third paragraph, I was thinking, "huh, this sounds a lot like that 'I might be wrong' guy..."
This reminds me of my high school history class, where the teacher constantly tried to use some okayish jokes to make his boring subject material more engaging, but all I got from it was a sense of frustration and half as much learning per class period.
I didn't think this was unfunny, but I didn't think it was very funny, either. I would rather read a more concise article then go watch some of my favorite funny stuff on youtube.
Comedy is more important than ever these days, and Jeff has earned those awards featured in this column. Here, here.
But seriously, I have far more hope for improved technology and better adaptations than I do for drastic reductions in carbon. And a re-commitment to nuclear power will be part of the solution. (There is no way in hell that wind and solar will replace more than a small fraction of the world's power supply anytime soon.)
And finally, I vote for giving the idiot activists of XR the Biggest Douche in the Universe award for running around telling children they'll all be dead in 10 years if their parents DON'T DO SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY TO REDUCE CARBON!!!! It's child abuse.
This guy is not as funny as he thinks he is. I thought the article made some very good points, but man I found it a tough read.
At least it was better than the Chad piece so maybe by the 10th guest post he will be funnier than the 18th season of Family Guy.
Very unfortunate to see India being singled out here. US does 7x more per capita emissions than India and has 4x less people. I feel this is a very out of touch attitude on how much of burden the poor of India are being asked to bear and how toxic politics of such a move will be in India.
I don’t get the joke about Attenborough. Here’s my rework:
The highlight, for me, was watching Twitter explode after Sir David Attenborough, said in a speech “In my lifetime I’ve witnessed a terrible decline. In yours, you could and should witness a wonderful recovery.”
Climate hawks and Sunrise activists demanded the 95 year old naturalists’ immediate liquidation, while more sober voices argued that correlation does not prove causation. Critical theorists attempted “structural” explanations for the 95 gigantons of carbon emitted during Attenborough’s life time ranging from increased living standards and surging populations to the phalocentric nature of the internal combustion engine and the intrinsic violence of hydraulic fracturing. One frustrates French activist tweeted “This is no time for “logic” and the patriarchy’s clever tricks. Pistons are ramming through helpless cylinders, ancient shale is being obliterated to cough up oil, mother earth is being raped. Attenborough must die so that Gea may live.”
At the time of publication, Attenborough could not be reached for comment.