Josh Fox is telling us the planet is all but gone and making other fantastical claims that suggest he should be on our side if he really believed them.
For a while, I thought it might just be me, reading too much into things, but it’s become perfectly clear now; Josh Fox is now out there somewhere between Jupiter and Saturn living a Star Wars fantasy life in which he imagines the universe is threatened with utter destruction and he alone is able to save it, only he’s not quite sure what to save, holding so much of it in contempt. If he really believed what he’s been saying, ironically, he’d be on our side.
The first clue all things Josh Fox were entering into the paranormal, of course, was that Solutions Grassroots Tour thing where he used the back door at SUNY-Oneonta for a mysterious appearance, otherwise identified as the Lieapalozza by our good friend Dick Downey. Fox, who loves to portray himself as the fearless spokesperson for the truth, willing to march into the den of the dark side and unmask the lies, ran like a bunny away from a crowd of local protestors much better behaved than the likes of the “Occupy” folks with whom he loves to associate. This wasn’t the first time he hid but it displayed a sudden timidity uncharacteristic of the image he’s cultivated of himself.
Then, he went onto the other FOX and went into full meltdown by going after a fairly mild-mannered Stuart Varney with completely unfair allegations of lying about his own water. Fox apparently intended to distract viewers and avoid answering some relatively difficult questions; questions a real organizer for his cause should have been able to dance around. His defensive strike-out at Varney showed a guy who just couldn’t handle the pressure of life in realville; someone ill-equipped for the prime-time to which he had elevated himself.
Next came the “HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE” movie. This is what the Park Foundation is getting this year for their investment in Fox and it’s way over the edge into fantasyland. The title is weird enough, but attempting to make any sense of the rest of it is pretty much assured to send all of us over the edge. Don’t, for that reason, spend a lot of time on it, but do remember Fox operates as a charity, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization know as “Sweet Jane Productions, Inc.” On second thought, that thought is just about guaranteed to drive you batty, so never mind.
This has recently been accompanied by one outrageous claim after another, beginning with a remarkably hysterical article in EcoWatch entitled “The Fracked Gas Power Plant That Could Put New York City Underwater” about a new natural gas power plant going up near Goshen, New York right next to the I-84 and Route 17M interchange. (I drive by it a couple of times a week and it’s coming along nicely). Once again, the title says it all. Talk about a Fox crying wolf. Such harebrained and preposterous claims have done little for Fox’s credibility except to harm it, leading to even more slaphappy outbursts as he tries to claw his way back to being the Gasland folk hero.
Take, for example, this review of his new Park Foundation funded movie, entitled “Inconvenient Truths: Gasland Director Josh Fox Says It May Be Too Late for Planet Earth.” It’s too late already? Well, that’s strange because that new gas plant near Goshen, which will help replace the coal plants nearer New York City and thereby reduce CO2 emissions. Most of our reduction in CO2 emissions has come from replacing coal with gas, in fact, and the US has done far better than other nations in doing so for that reason.
Sadly, this has only driven Josh Fox and friends to now claiming its really the methane emissions that are the problem so they can continue to paint natural gas as evil, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand (NIWAR) just released a study showing the following (emphasis added):
“The finding of a predominantly biogenic post-2006 in-crease is robust. Further, it seems likely that fossil-fuel emissions stagnated or diminished in the 1990s. Importantly, they are a minor contributor to the renewed [CH4]-rise. This contradicts emission inventories reporting increases of all source types between 2005 and 2010 with a major (~60%) thermogenic contribution (21, 22). The predicted δ13C(So) ~ –48‰ (or more 13C-enriched) produces a slight δ13C(Atm)-increase that cannot be reconciled with the measured marked decline (Fig. 4B). The finding is unexpected, given the recent boom in unconventional gas production and reported resurgence in coal mining and the Asian economy (21, 22). Our isotope-based analysis suggests that the [CH4]-plateau marks not a temporary suppression of a particular source but a reconfiguration of the CH4-budget. Either food production or climate-sensitive natural emissions are the most probable causes of the current [CH4]-increase. These scenarios may require different mitigation measures in the future.”
How will Josh Fox be able to reconcile these facts with his increasingly shrill and hysterical message? Will he now search for another toxic aspect of natural gas to berate? Will he turn the rhetoric dial even further? Or, will he settle down, come back to Earth and reality and realize he ought to be on our side? If he’s just a tool of the Park Foundation, Rockefellers and other elitist special interests who want to make a wilderness of much rural America, he’ll keep doing what he’s been doing. If he’s truly concerned about the planet, he’ll be changing his tune to acknowledge natural gas is the best bet for doing so. In the spirit of the season, I raise that possibility, but …