All this time scientists thought that the primary cause of climate change was the use of fossil fuels but thanks to a study from The Klounkar Group, we now know that the excessive use of outrage in our society has now taken over as the number one source of pollution that is harming our planet.
Emissions from outrage have been measured for some time and the big spike we’ve seen in the last ten years corresponds identically with the spike in the use of fossil fuels, CO2 emissions and climate change events. Just the emissions of Fox News alone were enough to cause several disasters including Hurricane Sandy and The Republican Presidential Drought.
24 hour cable news in general has been identified as one of the biggest industries for outrage pollution. The amount of CO2 expelled from the outraged shouting of Ed Schultz, Sean Hannity, Al Sharpton, Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh has been measured to be greater than 10,000 cows burping out a rendition of, “Camptown Races” every minute for an entire year (and some claim not to be able to tell them apart). Yep, scientists have actually calculated that…aren’t they clever!
The cold and getting colder each year fact is that outrage is harming our planet and we need to get it under control before it’s too late. For example, here’s a recent out of control spill of outrage over gun control that poured out of the broken sewage pipe known to some as Alex Jones:
The media may feel that there is no substitute fuel they could use to power their businesses other than outrage but there are indeed alternative fuels out there such as “investigative reporting” and “focusing on more than three news stories per day”. Such choices have proven to be successful in many other places in the world and could work here in the US…but the problem is that even the suggestion of the media steering away from outrage…generates outrage. It’s a vicious cycle, or an outrage cycle, the news cycle that is.
And in our politics, the addiction to outrage pollutes not just directly but indirectly and causes destruction across a wide range of areas. Whether it’s reducing and reversing climate change, improving jobs and the economy, even keeping the government running and functioning, outrage pollution clouds the minds of far too many politicians.
Some people say that it’s too late, that there’s nothing we can do, it’s gone too far for our efforts to make a difference. Others say that we can work now to minimize the pollution that comes from outrage and limit the long term harm…which outrages those who say it’s too late so they attack those who want to try to reduce it who respond in outrage and things just get worse from there.
Until we develop a technology to allow us to burn outrage without it polluting everything, the responsibility is on us to find a way to run our country using less and less outrage and instead using a renewable alternative like “thoughtful conversations” and “coming together to solve problems” (approaches that may seem very futuristic but we do have the know-how to make them a reality). If we could succeed at this, we would reduce these harmful emissions and have a healthier planet and society. If we can’t, it would be an outrage.