Sunday, July 24, 2022

What's The Error Bar On That?

7/24/22 Daily Mail:

Tour de France fans took matters into their own hands yesterday as they angrily removed a gang of eco-protesters threatening to disrupt the historic bike race by sitting in the middle of the road to block oncoming riders. 

Eight climate activists from French campaign group Dernière Rénovation (Last Renovation) sporting T-shirts emblazoned with the message 'we have 978 days left' to tackle environmental decline tried to stop the race during the 20th stage between Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadouron on Saturday. 

But their attempts to wreak havoc at the stage were thwarted by spectators, who stormed onto the road and dragged them out of the path of the oncoming bikes even before the police arrived on the scene to make arrests. 

978 days?  The precision impresses me.  What is the uncertainty of that?  In 2006 Al Gore said we had ten years.  Again, no error bar.  If it was large enough we could combine his and theirs and get a more certain "too late; no need to bother" date.

What makes this sort of fanaticism especially sad is that their goal like that of a sister group in Britain is among all the climate change objectives, the least objectionable: have the government insulate buildings.  This would reduce both heating and cooling costs without impoverishing anyone (except taxpayers).  

I went all out on insulating my last house and it really made a difference.  We have a few others home improvement projects in mind first, but increasing insulation on this house is on my list.

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