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November 5, 2007

Okay, Are We SURE Johnny Hart is Dead?



  1. What’s the problem with this one? Seems to be spot on.

    Comment by DSkinner — November 5, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

  2. “Awfulizers” don’t like being confronted wih reality – that’s the problem. And the punchline.

    Comment by solarrhino — November 6, 2007 @ 12:08 am

  3. DSkinner: Clumsy is representing environmentalists here, forcing B.C. to put out his tiny little fire to prevent global warming, when there’s a huge volcano spewing 10 times as much ash and soot into the air right behind them.

    The problem, then, is that the group represented by Clumsy, environmentalists, are being denigrated as alarmists and over-reactors and busybodies.

    Comment by Powers — November 6, 2007 @ 7:57 am

  4. I’m not sure how this could seem “spot on” to anyone, regardless of what they thought about global warming. The global warming claim is that the cumulative emissions of billions of humans, running many cars, factories, and farms, combine to have a significant impact on the environment. To respond by pointing out that a single campfire produces less carbon dioxide than a volcano is just nonsensical, regardless of what you think about global warming. It’s like responding to a worry that locusts are going to destroy my crops with “Wha, wha? You nutcase, a locust is a tiny insect. How could a single tiny bug eat all your crops?”

    I’m not sure how Clumsy managed to get so wet, when the water was thrown directly on the fire.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 6, 2007 @ 10:18 am

  5. Clumsy getting wet was a visual metaphore – his global warmist opinions are “all wet.”

    For Autumnal – the recent California wildfires put out more CO2 than all the CO2 put out by all the cars in the United States for one year. Human activities’ contribution to higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations is miniscule compared to natural occurances.

    Comment by Its justme — November 6, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  6. justme, this is still a nonsensical argument. The global warming scientists are saying that the total human emissions are enough to have a significant impact on the environment. It’s not necessary to produce as much CO2 as everything else on the planet to have an impact on the planet. After all, the claim is that the human CO2 emissions will raise the temperature a couple of degrees, not double the temperature.

    I’m not arguing about whether global warming is true. I’m just saying that this “counter-argument” to global warming scientists, that there are natural sources of CO2, is flat-out nonsense.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 6, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  7. justme, the CO2 emissions from the California wildfires came from carbon in vegetation which got its carbon from the atmosphere very recently. That vegetation will grow again within decades, negating the emissions.

    The CO2 emissions from petrol engines, on the other hand, come from carbon stores which have been sequestered from the atmosphere for millions of years. There is no corresponding natural sink to balance it in the short term.

    Comment by Pete — November 6, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

  8. Wooow, I had a much different interpretation of this one than everyone else. Look again at the little bonfire. There isn’t any smoke coming off of it at all. The punchline to the comic is that the smoke that the one caveman saw was actually the volcano in the background. He thinks he saved the day, when he was actually missing the true source. I guess it could have some sort of socio-political message too, but I don’t usually think of those when reading comics.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 7, 2007 @ 12:40 am

  9. Tom Biscoes’ “Small World” latest
    is yet another in his series on global warming. Check him out, if you enjoy topical humor. He doesn’t seem particularly extreme either way, which I find refreshing.

    Comment by solarrhino — November 7, 2007 @ 1:24 am

  10. I think this is actually worse than what Johnny Hart produced…

    Comment by furrykef — November 7, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

  11. Good gravy. I’m in total agreement with furrykef. I didn’t think that this strip could get much worse…

    Comment by Garnet Jell-o — November 12, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

  12. Hey I’m Mick Mastroianni I actually wrote this gag, and i didn’t mean to make fun of environmentalists. The way “bAT L.” saw it was the way I wrote it

    Comment by Mick Mastroianni — December 3, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

  13. Its a just fricking joke! There is no hidden message!!!!!!

    Comment by Mick Mastroianni — February 15, 2008 @ 11:22 am

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