Video: “The Simpsons” on global warming

posted at 2:36 pm on January 8, 2007 by Ian

Entirely predictable if you know the writers’ politics. Here they “get the point across” that New York City will be underwater a few years from now. Is that before or after it’s buried under snow overnight?


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Ask people in Denver and Kansas about global warming.

If you can find them under the snowdrifts, that is…

Good Lt on January 8, 2007 at 2:39 PM

I always thought the Simpsons was rather fair and made fun of liberals? This seems like over-the-top sarcasm pointed at the left rather than an endorsement of global warming.

Theworldisnotenough on January 8, 2007 at 2:40 PM

You mean the “Day After Tomorrow” was supposed to be serious science? I just figured someone in Hollywood checked the “suggestion box” and made a movie based on “you should destroy LA and NYC”.

Next you’ll be telling me Godzilla was documentary.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 8, 2007 at 2:40 PM

The way I see that scene, the writer/creator/producer is mocking the hysteria that’s pervasive in the environmentalist community.

-phil

phile on January 8, 2007 at 2:41 PM

I saw that as spoofing the global warming crowd too, with the “We’re all gonna be dead in 3 years” theme.

Pablo on January 8, 2007 at 2:43 PM

The way I see that scene, the writer/creator/producer is mocking the hysteria that’s pervasive in the environmentalist community.

-phil

phile on January 8, 2007 at 2:41 PM

I think you could take it both ways. Marge/Lisa (in the scene) seems to be resigned to their fate.

The end of the episode is funny, though. Lisa stops everyone from fishing, so they cut down all the trees instead.

I hadn’t seen the Simpsons in years, but the episode was very boring and predictable. I find it hard to believe people watch it regularly still.

lorien1973 on January 8, 2007 at 2:50 PM

It’s definitely spoofing but the politics of The Simpson’s writers are typical of hollywood.

Hoodlumman on January 8, 2007 at 2:51 PM

Makes sense…

I haven’t watched a Simpson’s episode since the Iraq war parody. F-them.

x95b10 on January 8, 2007 at 2:52 PM

The logic for global warming is this:

P -> GW
~P -> GW
Everything -> GW

It’s a little hard to refute logic like this. If we had answers to three questions, we could at least have an intelligent discussion: 1. How much and how fast is the temperature really rising? 2. What part of that is caused by humans? 3. What part of the part caused by humans is caused by Americans?

I’m not holding my breath. And besides, I’d kind of like beachfront property here in the Washington suburbs.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 8, 2007 at 2:53 PM

They also through a shot at “Slick Willie gets away again” but it was lame. The Marry Milhouse crack was classic though.

Iblis on January 8, 2007 at 3:00 PM

Has anyone seen this?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e4f7ff70a1

x95b10 on January 8, 2007 at 3:00 PM

always thought the Simpsons was rather fair and made fun of liberals? This seems like over-the-top sarcasm pointed at the left rather than an endorsement of global warming.

Theworldisnotenough on January 8, 2007 at 2:40 PM

That was my take when I saw it last night

Ann on January 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM

perfect … global warming right next to … “the science of sponge bob”.

SCORE!

One Angry Christian on January 8, 2007 at 3:07 PM

I say three cheers for global warming… the warmer the weather is, the more time I’ll have on my Harley.

dalewalt on January 8, 2007 at 3:09 PM

The problem with “global warming” is that it’s not Global. While NY has record highs, Denver is buried under snow. India and Pakistan are in record lows.

Wander on January 8, 2007 at 3:09 PM

American Dad was worse last night…

Skywise on January 8, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Next you’ll be telling me Godzilla was documentary.

Godzilla is http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/11/1110_051110_sea_monster.html

CliffHanger on January 8, 2007 at 3:22 PM

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Ask people in Denver and Kansas about global warming.

If you can find them under the snowdrifts, that is…

Good Lt on January 8, 2007 at 2:39 PM

I always thought the Simpsons was rather fair and made fun of liberals? This seems like over-the-top sarcasm pointed at the left rather than an endorsement of global warming.

Theworldisnotenough on January 8, 2007 at 2:40 PM

You mean the “Day After Tomorrow” was supposed to be serious science? I just figured someone in Hollywood checked the “suggestion box” and made a movie based on “you should destroy LA and NYC”.

Next you’ll be telling me Godzilla was documentary.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 8, 2007 at 2:40 PM

The way I see that scene, the writer/creator/producer is mocking the hysteria that’s pervasive in the environmentalist community.

-phil

phile on January 8, 2007 at 2:41 PM

I saw that as spoofing the global warming crowd too, with the “We’re all gonna be dead in 3 years” theme.

Pablo on January 8, 2007 at 2:43 PM

The way I see that scene, the writer/creator/producer is mocking the hysteria that’s pervasive in the environmentalist community.

-phil

phile on January 8, 2007 at 2:41 PM
I think you could take it both ways. Marge/Lisa (in the scene) seems to be resigned to their fate.

The end of the episode is funny, though. Lisa stops everyone from fishing, so they cut down all the trees instead.

I hadn’t seen the Simpsons in years, but the episode was very boring and predictable. I find it hard to believe people watch it regularly still.

lorien1973 on January 8, 2007 at 2:50 PM

It’s definitely spoofing but the politics of The Simpson’s writers are typical of hollywood.

Hoodlumman on January 8, 2007 at 2:51 PM

Makes sense…

I haven’t watched a Simpson’s episode since the Iraq war parody. F-them.

x95b10 on January 8, 2007 at 2:52 PM

The logic for global warming is this:

P -> GW
~P -> GW
Everything -> GW

It’s a little hard to refute logic like this. If we had answers to three questions, we could at least have an intelligent discussion: 1. How much and how fast is the temperature really rising? 2. What part of that is caused by humans? 3. What part of the part caused by humans is caused by Americans?

I’m not holding my breath. And besides, I’d kind of like beachfront property here in the Washington suburbs.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 8, 2007 at 2:53 PM

They also through a shot at “Slick Willie gets away again” but it was lame. The Marry Milhouse crack was classic though.

Iblis on January 8, 2007 at 3:00 PM

Has anyone seen this?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e4f7ff70a1

x95b10 on January 8, 2007 at 3:00 PM

always thought the Simpsons was rather fair and made fun of liberals? This seems like over-the-top sarcasm pointed at the left rather than an endorsement of global warming.

Theworldisnotenough on January 8, 2007 at 2:40 PM

That was my take when I saw it last night

Ann on January 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM

perfect … global warming right next to … “the science of sponge bob”.

SCORE!

One Angry Christian on January 8, 2007 at 3:07 PM

I say three cheers for global warming… the warmer the weather is, the more time I’ll have on my Harley.

dalewalt on January 8, 2007 at 3:09 PM

The problem with “global warming” is that it’s not Global. While NY has record highs, Denver is buried under snow. India and Pakistan are in record lows.

Wander on January 8, 2007 at 3:09 PM

American Dad was worse last night…

Skywise on January 8, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Yep, I was expecting to see clips from it and discussion on sites like this and newsbusters.org today.

jp on January 8, 2007 at 3:23 PM

The problem with “global warming” is that it’s not Global. While NY has record highs, Denver is buried under snow. India and Pakistan are in record lows.

Wander on January 8, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Global Climate Change…that’s what all the cool kids are calling it these days.

JaHerer22 on January 8, 2007 at 3:23 PM

I thought it was a shot at the global warming alarmists, for their claims similar to the 3-year claim in the show, and also at skeptics, for their supposed tendency to put off any measures because “3 years is a long time.”

Though I tend to think the argument against the skeptics is a bit overblown.

Mark V. on January 8, 2007 at 3:25 PM

It is entertainment after all, not educational.

normsrevenge on January 8, 2007 at 3:26 PM

Global Climate Change…that’s what all the cool kids are calling it these days.

Who are you to say that they’re cool? Maybe they’re warm. Maybe we should just call them the climate-adjusted kids.

Mark Jaquith on January 8, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Comic Book Guy thought it was the Worst. Episode. Ever!

the wolf on January 8, 2007 at 3:34 PM

I heart global warming. My golf game has improved ever since I heard of it!

jdsmith0021 on January 8, 2007 at 3:37 PM

It depends on what your interpretation of warming is.

Kini on January 8, 2007 at 3:42 PM

It’s the evening of January 8th in London, England and I just went out wearing a teeshirt!

Global warming ROCKS!!!

uptight on January 8, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Global Climate Change…that’s what all the cool kids are calling it these days.

JaHerer22 on January 8, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Fabulous; this way they’re covered. So if the weather gets warmer; it’s due to humans (and more importantly due to Pres. Bush); if the weather gets colder, ditto.

They can’t lose!

dalewalt on January 8, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Anyone who doesnt see the sarcasm in this one needs to re set their sarcasm detector to “0″.

Labamigo on January 8, 2007 at 3:46 PM

Oooh, an Institute!

It is fitting that this global warming display shares floor space with “The Science of Spongebob”.

Dusty on January 8, 2007 at 3:49 PM

There has always been climate change and strange weather.

Entire continents have drifted and we’ve been through multiple ice ages – and all without human beings using aerosols!

The bible mentions Noah and the flood – yet it doesn’t mention a word about caveman CO2 emissions and the Philistines not signing up to Kyoto.

In the past, uncharacteristic weather has been blamed on the gods, God, RADAR, nuclear testing and super sonic travel.

These days, “weather conspiracy” is owned by leftists who use it to 1) bash industry 2) bash America 3) earn money scaring people with political fairy tales about natural phenomena.

uptight on January 8, 2007 at 3:57 PM

Oh come on. This clearly is taking aim at the “sky is falling” crowd.

honora on January 8, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Next you’ll be telling me Godzilla was documentary.

Not a documentary; but, a nature program.

allie on January 8, 2007 at 4:16 PM

If it’s warm in New York City, that’s it. Nothing else counts. Manhattan trumps all. Talk about hubris. Can’t wait until the jet stream dips south. It’ll be global cooling overnight.

naliaka on January 8, 2007 at 4:19 PM

I found it funny as it was an obvious sarcastic view of the nuts who think we are all going to die in the next 10 years (Gore).

zerodamage on January 8, 2007 at 4:35 PM

What? No take on American Dad from Sunday?

Mazztek on January 8, 2007 at 4:36 PM

American Dad was worse last night…

Skywise on January 8, 2007 at 3:15 PM

American dad is completely unwatchable, week in and week out. Its absolutely unfunny. It just tries too hard. Family Guy makes fun of conservatives all the time; but its less overt (usually) and thus, its funnier and I don’t mind it so much.

I remember when it first came out too. I read a review in People or something and the reviewer said it was a good show because both sides get equal time. Yeah. The liberal side and the making fun of conservatives side. I love how that’s considered equal time.

lorien1973 on January 8, 2007 at 4:40 PM

I wonder if any of those that really believe that global warming will cause the glaciers/polar ice caps to melt and ergo cause massive flooding have ever left a glass of water with ice cubes floating in it sitting around long enough for the ice cubes to melt.

In fact, I wonder if they’ve even contemplated as to why ice actually floats in water.

thirteen28 on January 8, 2007 at 4:41 PM

And they say conservatives are the fearmongers (with all that terrorism nonsense).

Rick on January 8, 2007 at 4:58 PM

Global climate change is a fad which has worn out it’s welcome. It’s time we got on with the next fictional end of the world scenario.

GLOBAL ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE CHANGE!

It’s a win-win. Either we asphyxiate as the atmosphere is lost to space or we retreat up to the mountains to get away from the crushing toxic sea level pressure.

Jose Chupacabra on January 8, 2007 at 5:39 PM

The question is, are you willing to sign up with the League of Conservation Voters to earn $300-500 a week in order to make Global Warming THE issue in ’08?

Editor on January 8, 2007 at 6:24 PM

I watched “American Dad” for the first time last night because I had heard it was so funny. It was horrible. If that is what people consider great entertainment, it’s time to reintroduce literature to the unwashed masses.

Carin on January 8, 2007 at 6:39 PM

In fact, I wonder if they’ve even contemplated as to why ice actually floats in water.

thirteen28 on January 8, 2007 at 4:41 PM

Melting ice caps on land might theoretically raise sea level. The problem is who can really tell what is going on when even scientific articles and studies are tainted by politics nowadays.

This summer there were articles about the breakage and floating away and melting of a massive, ancient ice sheet. I saw an article that they were attempting to calculate how many MM this could event alone raise sea level. Near the end of the article it then mentioned without explanation of the consequences that the ice sheet was floating in the first place! (indicating it would not cause any rise no matter the size)

Resolute on January 8, 2007 at 7:50 PM

What really bugs me about the whole “Global Warming” thing is that it’s so hard to have an intelligent conversation with anyone about it. People are so polarized about the entire issue that they can’t talk sanely about it anymore.

Personally I do think that the Earth is warming. However, I think that it is short-term warming as a part of a larger overall cycle of warming and cooling that has been happening on Earth for millenia. Of course, by “short term” I mean that in a geological sense. IE: Short Term for the Earth means dozens to hundreds of generations for humans.

While I do think that humans can affect the climate/environment, they can only affect the local climate in highly specific situations, and not on any kind of long term scale. That is to say, if the humans leave or alter their behavior, the climate/environment reverts back to it’s original state in a matter of days to weeks. (Perhaps years for the re-absorption of structures, but still nothing in geological terms.)

Of course, say anything reasonable like that to a liberal and they will attack you six ways from Sunday. How dare you assault their religious dogma that Man and Man Alone is “Destroying the Earth” by trying to inject reason and scientific facts into the discussion?!?

Some conservatives aren’t much better either. They either reject all the evidence out of hand as being more loony faux-science, or take a pseudo-Christian line, again attacking the science. (I say Pseudo-Christian, because since when was the Bible a book of science? Last I checked it was a book of faith. Let the scientists cover the How and What of creation. The Bible deals with the Why and Who. You each have your specialty, let’s not mix them.)

I guess I am more interested in the hard science in this and don’t want propaganda of any kind to enter the mix. Heh, I also want a billion dollars and all the jihadis to be miraculously transported to Mars. I suppose I’m as likely to get the first wish as I am the second and third.

wearyman on January 8, 2007 at 8:19 PM

Resolute, They were correct when they said that.

Ice always displaces it’s volume in water. That is to say that ice floating in water takes up as much space in the water as it would if it was melted. This is because Ice is significantly less dense than water, which is also why it floats.

This is why I’ve never put that much stock in the whole “Ice caps melting will flood the earth” thing. Over the North Pole almost ALL of the ice-pack is floating. Which means that if that were to melt, the resulting sea-level rise would be so negligible as to not be measurable. The South Pole is another matter, as Antarctica is a large land-mass. However, the largest amounts of the ice there is right near the shoreline, and/or floating in the water. Inland, the annual precipitation is so low that there is actually very little icepack to melt. Quite a bit more than available overland at the North Pole, but still significantly less than the amount already floating in the water.

Now, how much ice there actually is, and how much it would raise the overall sea level if it should melt is a topic of much conjecture, but the whole “New York City Totally Underwater” thing is a view held by only the most moonbatty of enviro-moonbats.

wearyman on January 8, 2007 at 8:49 PM

Simpsons genius ebbs & flows.
It’s currently at low tide.

Tzetzes on January 8, 2007 at 8:49 PM

At least they got the rotation of a hurricane right (end of clip)… unlike the Inconvenient Idiot. I really wish that was public knowledge so everyone would know what a true a-hole Gore is. He makes this his life’s mission, based on total crap science, expects us to take him as some kind of expert, yet the retards can’t even accurately portray a hurricane on the famous cover of the DVD, poster, etc. No, doesn’t matter if hurricanes don’t rotate that direction, so long as we got it coming out of a smokestack the “scary” imagery does the job. Further proof of what we already know… alarmism matters, facts don’t.

Make sure the next time you’re in a video store and you pass that movie, loudly inform the party you’re with (so that others around you hear), “can you believe these clowns want us to accept what they tell us as science, but they put a hurricane rotating in the opposite direction on the cover!”

RightWinged on January 8, 2007 at 9:30 PM

You all know that Mars is experiencing global warming too. Hmm. It’s almost as though human beings have NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!

Mojave Mark on January 9, 2007 at 12:15 AM

Can we vote to blame the Five Great Planetary Extinctions that occurred – before humans appeared in the geologic record- on us …just to show that we now recognize that we would have caused them had we then existed?

What “Global Warming” panickistas fail to appreciate is: if it we Global Cooling instead, we could lose half of the habitable surface of the Earth to gigantic ice sheets for centures (SEE: The Ice Age), while, with warming, we may lose a little coastline, but would gain arable areas inland -which are now desert- to compensate for the adjusted beachfronts.

As Robert Frost (sic) put it:

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

-1920.

profitsbeard on January 9, 2007 at 1:41 AM

Ha! We die in three years!

Al Gore is sooo off on his math!

Black Adam on January 9, 2007 at 7:38 AM

Passing this along!

This text is from a county emergency manager out in the western part of North Dakota state after a snowstorm.

WEATHER BULLETIN

Up here, in the Northern Plains, we just recovered from a Historic event— may I even say a “Weather Event” of “Biblical Proportions” — with a historic blizzard of up to 44″ inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10′s of thousands.

FYI:

George Bush did not come.

FEMA did nothing.

No one howled for the government.

No one blamed the government.

No one even uttered an expletive on TV

Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.

Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.

Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.

CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit – or report on this category 5 snowstorm. Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.

No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.

No one looted.

Nobody – I mean Nobody demanded the government do something.

Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.

No Larry King, No Bill O’Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera.

No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No Hollywood types to be found.

Nope, we just melted the snow for water.

Sent out caravans of SUV’s to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars.

The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn’t ask for a penny.

Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.

Families took in the stranded people – total strangers.

We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.

We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is “Work or Die”.

We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for ‘sittin at home’ checks.

Even though a Category “5″ blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

“In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world’s social problems evaporate.”

It does seem that way, at least to me.

I hope this gets passed on.

Maybe SOME people will get the message. The world does Not owe you a living.

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on January 9, 2007 at 9:55 AM

I’d like to give Gore and all those global warming fanatics out there the 3-4′ of snow Colorado has received over the the last 3 weeks. Of course, that wouldn’t help persuade them in the least and they would profess this as part of their global warming outline.

I’m sure Gore has been staying away from Colorado and traveling all over the east coast since that is where they seem to be having all the mild weather this year.

Planet Boulder on January 9, 2007 at 12:17 PM

I wonder if any of those that really believe that global warming will cause the glaciers/polar ice caps to melt and ergo cause massive flooding have ever left a glass of water with ice cubes floating in it sitting around long enough for the ice cubes to melt.

In fact, I wonder if they’ve even contemplated as to why ice actually floats in water.

thirteen28 on January 8, 2007 at 4:41 PM

I understand what you’re saying but you’re assuming (I think) that the ice is submerged or mostly submerge which is not the case with polor ice caps.

A better analogy.

Fill your bath tub half full. (Yes, you can pretend to be Archimedes). Put a big block of ice in it such that the ice is only partly submerged in the water. Note the level of the water. Let the ice melt. Now note the level of the water. The point is that the ice when frozen exists primarily above sea level. When it melts, different story.

honora on January 9, 2007 at 5:15 PM

I hope this gets passed on.

Maybe SOME people will get the message. The world does Not owe you a living.

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on January 9, 2007 at 9:55 AM

How about that horrible injury the county manager sustained patting himself on the back?

honora on January 9, 2007 at 5:17 PM

The joke was about how people ignore something because it isn’t happening right now. The joke could work in any situation and isn’t really about global warming, but about people.

Nonfactor on January 9, 2007 at 8:31 PM