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March 09, 2005

earth abides

Environmentalists are idiots. I'm sorry, but that's the blunt truth. Mother Earth has this kind of dance for 4 billion years. Yet life thrives.

Remember the panic about the Exxon Valdez oil spill? Just how many oil tankers do you think were sunk during World War II? Why didn't THAT destroy the planet?

I'll tell you why. Gaia knows how to clean herself up. She's been doing it a long time, and people who think they need to "save" her are out of their minds. How much "second-hand smoke" did Mt. St. Helens produce if it dropped ash 125 miles away?

Roger Cloutier, a senior weather service forecaster, said very fine ash was reported in much of Yakima and Kittitas counties, including Yakima, Ellensburg and Toppenish.

"It's a very light dusting," Cloutier said. "You probably could only see it on cars."

This Cloutier guy obviously is not an environmentalist or a lawyer. If he were, he'd be running in circles and screaming, "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!" while demanding all sorts of lawsuits and regulations to stop volcanos from erupting.
Instead, he's kinda saying that it's no big deal.

The truth is, it AIN'T no big deal.


Comments

Nature replaces divots. That's it's gig.

Posted by: og on March 9, 2005 08:04 PM

In the long run it's actually beneficial. Volcanic soil is some of the most fertile on earth.

Posted by: Graumagus on March 9, 2005 08:31 PM

"The first thing that went through my mind was, 'Is this 1980 again?'" 2005 minus 19...doesn't seem to add up, does it?

Posted by: Nick on March 9, 2005 11:07 PM

Mt St Helens is the largest source of polution in the NW US.
We are not facing global warming because we drive to many cars.
We have an aweful lot of volcanos going off right now all over the world. Check it out here http://www.volcanolive.com/contents.html. Plate tectonics and volcanos and tsunamis all go hand in hand.
Our planet is in a constant state of change. Always has been. Always will be. Moonbat hand wringing will gain nothing. My advice to them is stay calm, take some breathes and go learn about the earth.

Posted by: Marie on March 9, 2005 11:21 PM

"Our planet is in a constant state of change. Always has been. Always will be. "

I just got a nasty email, and I feel snarky.
"Always will be". NO. Some day it will just be "GONE.
Don't worry. By then, WE will have been LONG GONE.

Posted by: Dan Pursel on March 10, 2005 02:11 AM

This Cloutier guy obviously is not an environmentalist or a lawyer. If he were, he'd be running in circles and screaming, "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!"

I would guess that he wouldn't be doing this even if he were an environmentalist or lawyer. You see, to eco-nuts, only pollution produced by humans is detrimental to the environment. A volcano could pump a billion times as much sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere as has ever been produced by all of mankind over all of history and they'd still be bitching about how cars put out even trace amounts.

And, of course, lawyers can't sue Mother Nature, or Gaia, or whatever anthropomorphic designation you want to give the planet. They can only sue humans.

Posted by: RadarRider on March 10, 2005 05:10 PM

"Remember the panic about the Exxon Valdez oil spill? Just how many oil tankers do you think were sunk during World War II? Why didn't THAT destroy the planet?"

Lots, but tankers back then *maxed* out at 15 to 20,000 tons cargo.

A pretty average modern crude carrier comes in 300,000 tonnes (and it happens in one spot). Small crude carriers are a 100,000 tons Even *small*product (Gasoline, diesel, kero, jet) tankers are in the 40,000 ton class.

Also there's a big difference between getting sunk 1000 miles out to sea and running aground and spewing 5 miles off shore. The stuff out to sea has good chance to break up and evaporate.

(In fact one of the 100 Kton tankers above ran ashore in a storm inthe North Sea some years ago, when the storm abated you could hardly tell there had been a oil spill, the storm had broken up the slick so well.)


Still, most of the time it's a real but local mess.

Posted by: Fred on March 11, 2005 03:43 PM

All this green bunk that we have only ten years left to save the planet and all that idiotic stuff from PAUL EHRLICH and still these stupid jpurnalists listen to that nit-wit

Posted by: Flu-Bird on February 20, 2010 12:30 PM
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