Posts tagged ‘volcanoes’

August 30, 2011

Volcanoes and Denialists: The Ominous Parallels

And those parallels are…
*They’re usually quite old, with molten rage seeping through their cracks
*They’re quite unpredictable, even if you’re watching what you are doing
*They throw off far more heat than light
*You could crack a toe or worse on their solidified sludge
*In the short-term, they should only be fatal to the very unlucky or the very slow-witted
*However, they can bring what could be a relatively straightforward journey to a juddering halt.
*The media have a major lavafair with them.

June 21, 2011

#Tisertosh 22 June: Volcanically stupid

Normal service has resumed. On Monday the Advertiser published about 5 letters all pushing the “carbon dioxide is only 0.038% of the atmosphere” line (presumably they keep them all and theme them?)
Yesterday they published a couple of rebuttals (not mine) among the usual tosh. This was a false and fleeting glimmer of sanity because today they’ve pulled out the latest batch of “volcanoes” letters. (Presumably on Friday or Saturday will come the “sunspots” letters?)
The Advertiser is in breach of any recognisable standard of responsibility or decency. If they had a shred of either they would hire a reputable peer-reviewed climate scientists to write a weekly column based on the beserk nonsense that is sent in (and that they continue to publish).

Just for the record:
Well, 145-255 million tonnes(metric) of CO2 are emitted by volcanoes annually. Compare with ~348 million metric tons of global CO2 emissions in 2006 from the cement industry alone.

I get my facts – from those noted climate alarmists … the US Geological Survey.

PS The top letter in the Tiser today does that classic thing of claiming that there is still a debate among the world’s scientists and pointing to a totally bogus petition. What a species. Not just the letter writer, but the Tiser staff who do this, and the sheeple (myself included) sleep-walking to catastrophe.

May 29, 2011

The Volcano Lovers – Climate Denialism in the ‘Tiser

The Advertiser (30/5/11) predictably runs another letter denying climate change.

“Scientists say volcanoes of the magnitude of the Eyjafjallojokull eruption in Iceland release about 40 times more C02 than all of the industrial nations put together. Against this background it makes charging a carbon tax more debilitating to our economy.”
PH Remmington, Magill.

Mr (and I will bet 50 bucks it is Mister, not Mrs or Ms) Remmington doesn’t have the good manners to say which scientists, published in which peer-reviewed journal. For all we know the scientists might be a couple of anatomy lecturers he met in a pub.

But, let’s see if we can get, you know, the facts.

To put things in perspective: 145-255 million tons (metric) of CO2 are emitted by volcanoes annually. None of these direct emissions are counted. Compare with ~348 million metric tons of global CO2 emissions in 2006 from the cement industry alone.

So the paragraph is from Larvatus Prodeo and the number is from those noted communist climate alarmists the, um, US Geological Survey.

So, that’s all volcanoes. Half the size of just one industry (admittedly a carbon-intensive one) globally. Mr Remmington is, of course, talking nonsense. On stilts. And the Advertiser is publishing it. Very responsible.

It’s unclear whether Mr/s is denying the existence of climate change per se, as opposed to it being “a natural process.” If the latter, perhaps he or she would care to explain, if it’s a natural process why the rise in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide has been so sharp in precisely the two hundred year period that we have been burning lots of oil, coal and gas? Just a coincidence, I suppose.

But rather than come out with “it’s not happening” Mr Remmington just um, makes up a number (very comforting, numbers) and talks about “harm to the economy.”

But again, it’s the Advertiser wot chose to print such rubbish.