Friday, March 11, 2011

A pox on global warming alarmists!

I'm so angry with (at least some of) the global warming crowd right now, I could spit-roast them over coals and not turn a hair. Japan's just experienced one of the worst earthquakes in recorded history,. Hundreds are already known to be dead, with hundreds more missing. The death toll may rise into the thousands. That's not even considering the injured, those trapped right now under the rubble and wreckage of buildings, those who can't get to their homes, or who've lost their homes, or who've been forced to evacuate their homes due to threats from overheating nuclear reactors, or flooding, or . . . the list of tragedies is just too ghastly to contemplate.

And, in the midst of all this suffering and heartbreak, what do the global warming apologists do?

Hours after a massive earthquake rattled Japan, environmental advocates connected the natural disaster to global warming. The president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Staffan Nilsson, issued a statement calling for solidarity in tackling the global warming problem.

"Some islands affected by climate change have been hit," said Nilsson. "Has not the time come to demonstrate on solidarity - not least solidarity in combating and adapting to climate change and global warming?"

"Mother Nature has again given us a sign that that is what we need to do," he added.

Global warming enthusiasts have also taken to Twitter to raise awareness of the need to respond to the earthquake by finally acting on climate change. And the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Lee Doren compiled some of the best ones.

Some examples:

. . .

Arbiterofwords tweeted "I’m worried that Japan earthquake, on top of other recent natural ‘disasters’, is a sign we’ve passed point of no return for climate change."

. . .

Tayyclayy noted her frustration by tweeting "An earthquake with an 8.9 magnitude struck Japan.. And some say climate change isn’t real?!"

. . .

"Global warming alarmists will exploit any natural disaster to promote their anti-fossil fuel agenda," Tom Borelli of the Free Enterprise Project told The Daily Caller, adding that the climate change reaction is a result of the "global warming spin machine".

"First it’s global warming, then it’s climate change, now it’s probably tectonic instability - no doubt all caused by man," he said.

When contacted by TheDC, Dan Weiss, Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, also expressed skepticism at the link between global warming and the earthquake in Japan.

"I am not a scientist," said Weiss, "but I have never heard of a link between global warming and earthquakes."

There's more at the link.

A pox on them! May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitals! May their toes fall off, their knees pop, and their thighs bloat!

Quite apart from their scientific illiteracy in trying to link subterranean tectonic plates to atmospheric temperature, anyone who'd try to take advantage of the suffering and death of others to defend an indefensible position (I highly recommend all four linked articles, in sequence, if you're in any doubt about its indefensibility), and propagate a patently false philosophy, isn't worthy of consideration as a human being. They're lower than the gutter.

Let them all wither and rot!



Nebris said...

"One particular feature that can change the balance of forces in Earth's crust is ice, in the form of glaciers and ice sheets that cover much of the area around Earth's poles plus mountains at all latitudes. The weight of ice depresses the crust on which it sits.

As the ice melts, the crust below no longer has anything sitting on top of it, and so can rebound fairly rapidly (by geological standards). (This rebounding is actually occurring now as a result of the end of the last Ice Age: The retreat of massive ice sheets from the northern United States and Canada has allowed the crust in these areas to bounce back.)

Areas of rebounding crust could change the stresses acting on earthquake faults and volcanoes in the crust.

"In places like Iceland, for example, where you have the Eyjafjallajökull ice sheet, which wouldn't survive [global warming], and you've got lots of volcanoes under that, the unloading effect can trigger eruptions," McGuire said.

With the changing dynamics in the crust, faults could also be destabilized, which could bring a whole host of other problems.

"It's not just the volcanoes. Obviously if you load and unload active faults, then you're liable to trigger earthquakes," McGuire told LiveScience, noting that there is ample evidence for this association in past climate change events."

Note that McGuire IS a scientist.

Also note that both those think tanks support the position that teachers unions are the cause of all our present economic troubles.

I suppose you might ban me now. But I'll read ya anyway 'cause I like your posts on guns and the military.

Peter said...

No, I won't ban you - for a start, I don't think you're one of those trying to exploit the casualties in Japan to promote a different agenda! However, I will recommend that you read the four articles I linked in the last paragraph of the article. I think they demolish the anthropocentric-global-warming scam very thoroughly.

Bryan Reavis said...

Did they...are we....what can...seriously?


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over?

Stranger said...

Those who blame earthquakes and vulcanism on "global warming" have it backward.

Scientifically speaking, the relationship between global temperatures and vulcanism is an inverse one. The cooler the average temperature, the more active volcanoes become, and the more common and the more violent earthquakes are.

This is thought to be linked to the sun's magnetic field, which is at a minimum during "solar minimums." And of course, the "Modern" or "Gore" Minimum has just started to take its place with the Dalton Minimum, the Maunder Minimum, and the other "Little Ice Ages" of the past.

So expect more and more violent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as this minimum progresses.


Anonymous said...

Regardless of one's stance on GW (or AGW), the notion that GW caused this bit of tectonic activity is about as sensible as the "supermoon" nonsense.

The Old Man said...

BOOYAH!!! You are bloody well right, Peter.

Wait until you see the crap the anti-nuc greenies spout due to the power plant leak in Japan. Perhaps they should have THEIR electrical power removed.....

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