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Derek Jeter is concerned about climate change

Jan 23, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter rarely if ever wades into controversy. It’s almost always baseball with him, and if he ever comments on anything non-baseball related he tends to keep it light. Really, I can’t think of a single instance where he ever touched on a contentious issue.

So it’s rather surprising to hear him talk to Joe Vardon of the Columbus Dispatch about climate change:

“I was in New York for Hurricane Sandy,” Jeter told The Dispatch this morning, following a private function in Davos, Switzerland. Jeter is here for the Forum this week with Pepsi.

“It’s just something that’s gotten so much attention,” Jeter said of climate change. “Regardless of how you feel about it, it’s something that needs to be addressed because we’re seeing more and more natural disasters each year, it seems like. Something has to be causing it.”

As far as climate change comments go that’s pretty tame. I mean, he’s not calling for the U.S. to divert the defense budget into solar panel manufacturing or anything. But it is kind of weird hearing him talk about anything even remotely political.

  1. kirkvanhouten - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Climate Change is a myth. The sun is just getting angrier. Let’s sacrifice some virgins, stat!

    • dcfan4life - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      You could be the Mayans instead and sacrifice everything in the hopes of ending the worst drought in their history some 500 years ago. and its not like the Mayans were utterly destroyed by plagued and the Spanish immediately after that…oh wait…haha.

      • anxovies - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        The Mayans blew it on the end of the world thing. Why should we emulate them?

      • Ben - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        With all these bloggers around, it shouldn’t be hard to find a virgin in their mother’s basement.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Do not let Jeter near the virgins.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        I think you mean “ladies with baskets.”

      • mrhojorisin - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        They’re safe… most of them are male.

  2. dcfan4life - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    How in the world Derek Jeter gets asked so many questions on so many topics so often in New York and never says anything controversial or damaging or problematic in any way is amazing. Thats y you have to respect this guy. Oh and he plays baseball pretty well…

  3. throwstrikes - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    A person with a 30,000+ sf house, who flies on private planes and owns multiple cars is the poster child for how to make climate change worse.

    • Ben - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      No, the poster child for how to make climate change worse is a meat-eating, SUV driving American who lives in the Midwest, necessitating heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. But yeah, he’s not helping.

      I think his real concern is, with climate change, there could an adverse impact on gift basket prices if the reeds used to weave them have their habitat jeopardized.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Ya know there’s places outside of the U.S where people eat meat, drive SUV’s and have to both heat and cool their homes at different times of the year. But if you were being sarcastic or joking I didn’t get it.

      • Ben - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions

        Divide annual CO2 emissions by population and get back to me. Americans produce by far the most carbon per capita, and the main in-home culprits are meat, travel (car and air), and heating and cooling houses.

      • bigharold - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        I love DSJ but his concern about climate change is more than a bit parochial.

        Of course he’s concerned about climate change, .. with a brand spanking new 30K+ SF home at sea level you’d be concerned too.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Maybe Americans put out more but if there is a problem it isn’t an American problem its a world problem. And what do youthink us midwesterners should do, freeze to death, get heatstroke? Should we all pack up and move to San Diego?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        brewcrew, what people used to do was migrate seasonally, die, or just not live in inhospitable climates, yes. Oh, and there also weren’t so many of us.

      • Roger Moore - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        @brewcrewfan54:

        There are actually a lot of things you can do to reduce energy usage without sacrificing comfort. Better household insulation is probably the biggest, since it means you get more benefit from every unit of heating and cooling power you have. Well designed homes can make a big difference, too. Passive solar heating can help a lot in the winter, especially if your home is insulated well enough to keep the heat. Better energy efficiency inside the house can help a lot in the summer; less waste heat from inefficient appliances means less work for your air conditioner. And if your house is well designed, you may be able to get adequate cooling just by airing the house out at night and keeping the windows closed during the day.

      • dschminck - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        15 years ago, there were backtested climate change models that had not been validated by predictive capability. This is still the case today. 15 years ago, these models, in the best case, required a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions just to get to a steady state. In 15 years time there is no place in the world, that I know of, that has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions.

        The issue is not should we do something. The issue is can we do something in practical terms that will have a meaningful effect on halting climate change? While political opinions vary, there is no scientific knowledge that definitively answers this question. And so political fervour asserts itself on one side or the other.

        Global warming is occuring. The long term trend is still intact, although there has been global cooling in recent years. Greenhouse gases, under the right conditions, can cause global warming. That is all we know.

        With the increasing emphasis on climate forecasting, not least by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s forthcoming assessment, a crucial element in the argument for action is the accuracy of the forecasts produced by different climate models. Accuracy matters, in terms of the validity of the climate models, the presumed policy impacts and the uncertainties around the forecasts. These uncertainties translate into massive investments in resources which are potentially wasted or mis-allocated.

        In the paper, “Validation and forecasting accuracy in models of climate change, now published in the International Journal of Forecasting, Fildes and Kourentzes cast doubt on the effectiveness of climate models when used in 10 year ahead forecasting.

        In fact, the Hadley Centre model analysed could be improved by following recommendations long established from forecasting research. In so doing, this research casts doubt on the methods being used by climate modellers to produce accurate forecasts and the levels of accuracy that are claimed.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Philiac, come on man, you know migrating for the seasons is impossible for mpst people. I’d love to winter in Florida but my job wouldn’t be waiting for me when I got back. And to the guy telling me to be more efficient with appliances, I’ve lived in Wisco my whole life, I wont claim to be the smartest person on the planet but I’m well aware how to make things as warm or as cool as I can afford as most of us here are.

    • anxovies - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      That’s the point of being rich. If it gets too hot just turn up the air conditioning and invite the neighbors, or fly to Antarctica.

  4. aceshigh11 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    JETER’S A GOSH DARNED LIBRUL! HE TOOK OUR JERBS!

    • schlom - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

  5. cackalackyank - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Jeter catches enough crap because he plays for the Yankees, and can get more strange in 24 hours than any 10 commenters on here will get in a lifetime. Just imagine the nonsense that would ensue if he started waxing political. That being said, Jeter claims that he isn’t iterested in ownership or management in baseball after his playing days are done. Might be a 50/50 shot between Hollywood and politics to keep him entertained in the daylight.

  6. bigmeechy74 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    It’s GAWWWDDDDD!!!!! HE IS PUNISHING US FOR THE SINS WE COMMIT!!!!! THAT’S WHY WE HAVE EARTHQUAKES AND STUFF!!!! (Just kidding)

    • djpostl - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Michele Bachmann…is that you?

      • joegolfer - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:37 AM

        It’s Michelle Bachman sitting on Sean Hannity’s lap, doing a ventriloquist act.

  7. mybrunoblog - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Someone tell Jeter that Al Gore didn’t invent the Internet. He invented global warming.

    • nworca - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Al Gore was, however, responsible for getting the federal funding for a University (Indiana, I think) project that created Mosaic, the first Internet Browser. In turn Mosaic led to the blossoming of the World Wide Web, and further along bloggers, whose blogs you sometimes get to comment on. You can thank Al Gore for that. Marc Andriessen, who worked on Mosaic and then took it commercial in a version called Netscape already has, stating private industry would never have gotten it done.

      • cur68 - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        I hate how that lie about Gore seems to have such a tremendous half life. He never said he invented the internet. But Gore WAS directly responsible for seeing to it that funding was made available to grow and shape what became netscape. He specifically targeted that project for money because he saw its potential. He is entitled to say he assisted with the creation of the internet (which is the substance of what he said). It happens to be true.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        All the thumbs down here must be the work of British trolls upset over the slight against Tim Berners-Lee.

    • kirkvanhouten - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Snopes.com is your friend on this one.

      http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp

  8. kingjoe1 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Really Jeter, “…its something that needs to be addressed…”? Well i guess we just need to give Mother Nature and the earth a strong talking too! How dare the earth do exactly what is has been doing for hundreds of millions of years without taking into account the comfort level of every so fine citizens which grazes its surface. Yes Jeter you go take your twisted a$$ ankle and wobble over to Mother Natures house and tell her it just isn’t right.

  9. gloccamorra - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    C’mon, Derek knows his career is winding down and he can get elected in NY after his playing career is over. He’s just dipping his toes into the waters, so to speak, and practicing his “view with alarm” talk. for a future Senate run.

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