Johnson’s essay is a series of ad hominem attacks disguised as a blog post. With his out-of-date post, Johnson has overtly declared himself a mouthpiece for imperialism. I’ll explain briefly.
1. Johnson believes the solution to our myriad predicaments can be found in civilization. But each of the predicaments is rooted in civilization. The average reader can detect the insanity, but Johnson cannot. With respect to climate change, Johnson ignores Tim Garrett’s excellent published research indicating civilization is a heat engine. Like others who care about the living planet, including future generations of humans, I’m working to dismantle civilization. Johnson is working to sustain the omnicide.
2. Johnson believes atmospheric methane will be an issue for the grandchildren to deal with. He ignores abundant science indicating otherwise. He clings to his preconceptions, and ignores the work of legitimate climate scientists.
3. Johnson is motivated by money. He is paid to produce information that supports the status quo. In contrast, I’m motivated by evidence.
I have neither time nor interest in addressing each point Johnson mentions. Furthermore, unlike Johnson, I’m not paid to promote the Sixth Great Extinction induced by civilization. I welcome the efforts of others to write a point-by-point assessment of Johnson’s essay, which is strong on shooting the messenger and weak on attacking the science. But don’t expect to be rewarded for pointing out the facts. As with Johnson, you’ll be rewarded only if you dismiss the message and disparage the messenger.
Class dismissed. Johnson fails. As does his buddy Michael Tobis, as pointed out here.
A few minutes after I posted this brief essay, Johnson responded via Twitter. Ironically, he told me to stop slandering him. Twice. Once would have been sufficient to indicate his inability to properly use the English language.
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