Judith Curry has a solution to the extreme heat that lots of people are suffering right now. And the even more extreme heat that we'll be suffering as global warming gets worse.
Burn more fossil fuels and speed up global warming.
That's right. Judith wrote - let them buy air conditioners. Much as Pat'n Chip and Anthony Watts have advocated in the past. What she actually wrote was:
Does it make more sense to provide air conditioning or to limit CO2 emissions. I vote for more air conditioning in these susceptible regions.
Good luck with that when the power gets rationed or quits completely from excess demand.
Good luck with finding an air-conditioner for your home that's rated for much above 43°C (110°F). You might get lucky and get one rated to 46°C (115°F). Or you might be out of luck.
Good luck with the even greater global warming as all that extra CO2 is spewed into the air making it even hotter.
And I agree with Greg Laden. If you're going to be utterly insensitive to people's suffering, the least you can do is wait a decent interval until the suffering is behind them.
Judith isn't the first to tell everyone in Pakistan, India and the rest of the world to shape up and buy an air-conditioner. (Many if not most of the people killed in the Indian heat wave didn't have a home to house the air-conditioner Judith told them to buy.) Here are some other instances of deniers wanting to solve heat waves by adding to global warming, from the HotWhopper archives - with a couple of other articles on heat extremes thrown in:
- About face at WUWT - backing off from denialism - and Stockholm
- Heat kills! Pat'n Chip argue for survival of the wealthiest at WUWT
- Anthony Watts, the seer, goes time traveling to 2041 and beyond
- Deniers at WUWT are up in arms about the US National Climate Assessment
- European temperature at WUWT - Finland, the UK, teleconnections and more