Thursday, December 10, 2009

I Liked this Part

In this story about a giant iceberg floating toward Austraila:

Dr Young said an iceberg the size of B17B had not been seen so far north since the days when 19th century clipper ships plied the trade route between Britain and Australia.
Perhaps Dr. Young hasn't checked his emails. The era of clipper ships ended in the 1870s. Giant icebergs are supposed to be a sign of global warming. That's why John the Baptist (a/k/a) Al Gore used a special-effects clip from the adventure film The Day After to show us how global warming is causing the arctic and antarctic is shelves to melt.

Pardon me for being, uh, inconvenient, but why were giant icebergs like this crashing into the sea 150 years ago but not from then until now?

Maybe the good folks at the University of South-Southeast Cumbria's Climate Research Unit could explain this. I'm sure they know a "trick" proving that the greenhouse gas generated by flapping canvas sails during the 19th century is greater than the greenhouse gas produced from then until the 21st century.

That would probably be very satisfying to them. It would mean that alternative energy strategies are out. If flapping canvas causes as much global warming as 150 years of industrialization, wind turbines and all the rest of it won't do much good. It would mean that humanity would have to live like actual 19th-Century serfs, something far more pleasing to the new "Wings Over the World" crowd than lording it over virtual 21st-Century serfs.

It just amazes me how similar the global-warming crowd looks like the Bushies whipping us up for the invasion of Iraq.

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