|Benefits of global warming?|
Those of us with busy lives seldom feel the urge to wallow about with issues
discussed at the the local garbage dump, the local playground, or even Kindymedia. Occasionally though, one
stumbles onto the site by following links of well-meaning fellow bloggers, and
this paragraph suddenly polluted my LCD monitor:
As the world awaits the beginnings of the first meeting of the parties of the
Kyoto Protocol in Montreal, the Carteret Islanders of the Pacific have already
lost their battle to stay on their islands. This is the first instance of an
entire cultural group forcibly displaced by climate change due to sea level
rise doubling in the last 150 years caused by global warming. According to
Norman Myers in A Citizens Guide to Climate Refugees, up to 200 million people
may be displaced because of climate change by 2050. Many more islands and low
level coastal areas are facing a crisis. [Emphasis added]
Yikes. It's true! We are all about to drown! Get out the goggles and
flippers. How long can you hold your breath? Blub blub blub ..
But hang on - if people are now being displaced due to rising sea levels,
then they must be measurable. How much have the sea levels risen in the
Carteret Islands? And how much have they risen in Sydney? Careful - think about
all those experiments in the bathtub where the water rose by an equal amount
everywhere. How come the sea-level rise in Sydney has been immeasurable, but
yet the sea level rise in the Carteret Islands is high enough to force
evacuation? Can anybody with an IQ of more that 70 see anything wrong with this
But wait a minute - the article didn't actually say they were forced out by
sea level rises, but by sea level rise doubling. Hmm. I guess
two times zero is zero, but why would this force them to evacuate the islands?
Apparently when you are preaching to the converted, facts are
unimportant. A quick Google search yields the
following little pearl:
Some authorities caution that the islanders might have brought their woes upon
themselves by blasting reefs with dynamite to kill fish, thus removing natural
barriers protecting the atolls.
Since sea levels rises have not even been measurable, this seems a far more
likely reason for their crop failures.
Orwell was right. Ignorance truly is strength for the champions of The Left.