Skip to comments.Game Over for the Climate (we're doomed, DOOMED, I tell you!)
Posted on 05/10/2012 8:09:06 AM PDT by pabianice
GLOBAL warming isnt a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves regardless of what we do.
If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate. [AIEEE! - Ed.]
Canadas tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history. If we were to fully exploit this new oil source, and continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago, when sea level was at least 50 feet higher than it is now. That level of heat-trapping gases would assure that the disintegration of the ice sheets would accelerate out of control. Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities. Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planets species would be driven to extinction. Civilization would be at risk.
That is the long-term outlook. But near-term, things will be bad enough. Over the next several decades, the Western United States and the semi-arid region from North Dakota to Texas will develop semi-permanent drought, with rain, when it does come, occurring in extreme events with heavy flooding. Economic losses would be incalculable. More and more of the Midwest would be a dust bowl. Californias Central Valley could no longer be irrigated. Food prices would rise to unprecedented levels.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
:: concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago ::
And the irresponsible journolist doesn’t follow up with the obviou, “By what mechanism did that amount of CO2 get into the atmosphere 2.5 million years ago?”
I don’t get it. If the game is over why is he calling for more activism?
Will if its over I wont worry then.
If we were to fully exploit this new oil source, and continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago, when sea level was at least 50 feet higher than it is now.
Fantastic!!! Ill own water front property! Cha-ching!!!!
We’re due for a long-term deep cooling. “Global warming”, if real with all the baggage it carries, may be the only thing preventing humans from freezing into oblivion. (Civilized humanity didn’t arise until a 10+ degree C increase; the cyclical 5-10 degree drop doesn’t bode well for us.)
We are all gonna die!
Its a matter of time.
Other than a full scale military invasion, Canada is a sovereign nation. The writ of the EPA does not run in Alberta :)
Worse than that, he's dangerous.
Interesting that NYT chooses not to allow comments on this article.
I think we really just have to dump all the “climatologists” altogether when they start publishing papers that the dinosaurs farted and burped their way to extinction.
Said paper was published within the last week, Rush mentioned it on the show this week.
I think the climatologists have proven that you can jump the shark more than once. First time was the SCANDAL that saw the light of day at Edinburgh University regarding manipulation of data on purpose to support doomsday climate theories.
Now dinosaur farts led to their extinction.
Time to pull ALL the funding and fire everyone, and start over.
Amen - 100% death rate, guaranteed.
These are the same types of pinheads that said we would all be starving by 2000, that the planet could not in any way no matter what suport more than 5 billion people. We are at over 6 billion and most of the world is fat.
(hat-tip: Joe Wilson)
Warm periods generally mean MORE rain, due to increased oceanic evaporation. Cooling would mean less rain. If the sun spot cycle has as much influence as some think, we are heading into a cooler period.
At this point, it is simple math.
Science fraud and butterfly expert Paul R. Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb in the 1970s, calling for vast reductions in the number of humans on Earth, by totalitarian means, “for the environment”.
He was *never* disavowed by his supporters, despite each and every one of his apocalyptic predictions failing miserably.
Science fraud and snake expert Eric Pianka, at the U of Texas, Austin, gave a lecture called for the eradication of 9/10ths of the people on Earth via pulmonary (coughing and sneezing) transmitted Ebola virus, “for the environment”.
He was greeted with wild applause by the “hundred scientists and students” who heard what was supposed to be his secret lecture. Only one scientist was horrified, and contacted the FBI, who did nothing.
James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS), has endorsed the book ‘Times Up’, by Keith Farnish, that “calls for cities to be razed to the ground, industrial civilization to be destroyed and genocidal population reduction measures to be implemented in the name of preventing climate change.”
What all such people have in common is that they believe that the world is heading towards apocalyptic destruction, and the only way to stop it (?) is by exterminating billions of people, and giving total power to dictatorial regimes bent on returning the world to an idealistic primitive, agrarian state, that has never existed nor could exist.
Clearly these people are “mad scientists” far worse than the fictional Dr. Frankenstein, and their singular intent is to wipe out the human species.
Therefore, ignoring them is not possible. They are dangerous fanatics who seek to carry out genocide and plunge the world into chaos. They need to be identified and imprisoned as a threat to not just society, but mankind itself.
To give any kind of credence to their ravings is to support them in their insane quest. They must be disavowed, for their intent is evil beyond any previous human example of evil.
I just imagined a dinosaur sharting and lost my appetite.
But the reason we are currently in a long term ice age (despite the temporary lull) is CO2 starvation. It is a strong hypothesis that geology (mainly the weathering of the newly formed Himalayas and Alps) helped cause the evolution of C3 grasses which are very efficient at absorbing CO2 in low concentrations. It basically dooms our planet to an icy state regardless of solar factors.
If I have to choose between a hotter dryer climate and another ice age, I choose door number 1.