December 04, 2003


Australia and the US won’t sign on to the Kyoto Protocol, Russia has bailed out, and now Canada is wavering. What might the result of this be? Why, the terrible destruction of Australian ski resorts, of course:

None of Australia's ski resorts would be economically viable by 2070 under a worst case scenario outlined in a new UN report on global warming.

The dire forecast came as the federal government stood by its decision not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

May as well kill ourselves right now.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 4, 2003 01:26 AM

And all those lift operators won't have enough scratch to buy marijuana. The economy will surely crumble!!

Posted by: Andrew at December 4, 2003 at 01:32 AM

Australia has ski resorts?

Posted by: Bruce at December 4, 2003 at 01:33 AM


Cool site, lists ski resorts in all kinds of countries I never would have guessed had any.

Posted by: JPS at December 4, 2003 at 01:40 AM

Sorry--I screwed up the link. Might as well not try to acquire basic competence on Tim's bandwidth, so:

Posted by: JPS at December 4, 2003 at 01:41 AM

Oh for God's sake, how can anybody accurately predict what the world will be like that far ahead anyway?

Even if Kyoto was fully implemented it wouldn't matter. According to the best present estimates the Earths temperature would only be lowered by a couple of degrees at the most by century's end so to hell with it, spend the money on something more immediate and practical.

Though again, how can anybody today be that certain about any period of time more distant than ten years from now?

Posted by: gaz at December 4, 2003 at 01:54 AM

We'll have flying cars by then right? Right?
Cuz I was promised flying cars by the year 2000 and I want my fucking fly car.

Posted by: LB at December 4, 2003 at 02:57 AM

On the upside, Alaska is going to make one kickass tropical resort.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at December 4, 2003 at 03:01 AM

Screw it. I'd rather spend the money on terraforming Mars.

Posted by: Bruce at December 4, 2003 at 04:26 AM

I wonder if you can ski on mars?

Posted by: Jonny at December 4, 2003 at 04:34 AM

What if the left are as wrong about that as they have been about everything else?

Posted by: Joe at December 4, 2003 at 06:01 AM

My weatherman is 50/50 in predicting whether it snows next week. Why should I take their predictions seriously?

Posted by: Geoff Matthews at December 4, 2003 at 06:14 AM

Good bye cruel, cruel world!

Posted by: Wes at December 4, 2003 at 06:14 AM

I remember my grade school teacher in the early 1960's. She showed statistically how Russia would overtake the USA's economy by the year 2000.

Posted by: rem0tly at December 4, 2003 at 07:25 AM

Putin -

"Here in Russia you can often hear people say, sometimes jokingly, sometimes seriously, that Russia is a northern country, so if it warms up 2 or 3 degrees it's not terrible," he said. "It might even be good; we'd spend less money on fur coats and other warm things."

Posted by: weimdog at December 4, 2003 at 07:32 AM

What about overpopulation? Wasn't none of this going to matter because overpopulation would have ruined the planet by now?

Posted by: peter at December 4, 2003 at 07:43 AM


Govenor Ahnold is leading the way toward terraforming Mars. In the guise of Quaid, he's become a secret agent fighting the special interests in order to activate an ancient mechanism that will return oxygen to the Martian atmosphere...oh wait, that was Total Recall. Never mind.

Posted by: Jerry at December 4, 2003 at 07:47 AM

Meh, I'll refer you to the learned words of noted American thinker Drew Carrey:

"F@ck the grandkids, I'm cold now!"

Posted by: Syd Barrett at December 4, 2003 at 08:03 AM

So learn to water-ski you whinging losers! You can do it in lovely, warm places, do it semi-naked (at least!) and get all wet in the process. Plus you get to burn more fossil fuel, so it's win-win all round.

Why the fuck wouldn't Russia and Canada want the world a few degrees warmer anyway??? That is what I have never understood. The economic benefits of global warming - if it were true - and higher carbon dioxide levels would be immense. You never see this side of the equation even acknowledged by the "true believers" in global warming.

For my money, I reckon we will see the beginning of the next Ice Age within the next few hundred years. Now *that* would be an economic disaster!


Posted by: Bob Bunnett at December 4, 2003 at 08:08 AM

The greens' ambivalence to ski resorts intrigues me. You have wicked rapacious developers cutting great swathes out of pristine wilderness so that evil rich bastards can drive their gas guzzlers up mountains to slide around on ultra-expensive sticks and stay in five-star accommodation. Yet has anyone ever heard a green complain about it? Wouldn't be because quite a lot of greens, particularly in Europe and Colorado, like their downhill recreation. What, greens hypocritical? Never.

Posted by: slatts at December 4, 2003 at 08:58 AM

New Zealand has great skiing but not mentioned by UN.


Posted by: ilibcc at December 4, 2003 at 10:00 AM

New Zealand who?

Posted by: Gary at December 4, 2003 at 10:25 AM


Papua New Zealand is a subtropical country that shares half of a large South Seas island with Iran Jambalaya, which is part of Malaysia....

Glad to help.


Posted by: Carl in N.H. at December 4, 2003 at 12:21 PM

And if we implemented Kyoto, only the wealthy could afford to ski.

Posted by: Clem Snide at December 4, 2003 at 09:52 PM