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Environmental activists shamelessly try to exploit last week's earthquake-tsunami catastrophe in hopes of advancing their global-warming and antidevelopment agendas.

Two days after the tragedy, the executive director of Greenpeace U.K. told British newspaper the Independent, "No one can ignore the relentless increase in extreme weather events and so-called natural disasters, which in reality are no more natural than a plastic Christmas tree."

Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper told the same British newspaper, "Here again are yet more events in the real world that are consistent with climate change predictions." A spokesperson for the Indonesian arm of Friends of the Earth told Agence France Presse, "We can expect in the coming years similar events happening as a result of global warming and therefore help and prevention are the responsibility of the Northern countries as well."

Exploitation of tragedy is a sport played not only by environmentalists. Insurer Munich Re used the event to renew its call to fight global warming, which the insurance industry has recently begun blaming for natural disasters. Concerned about large payouts for natural disaster claims, insurance companies are very eager to establish global warming as contributing to those disasters, so they can sue deep-pocket businesses supposedly responsible for that global warming.

Efforts to invoke supposed global warming as the culprit for this week's death and destruction are patently absurd as the multiple tsunamis were not a "weather event" in the slightest. The tsunamis were caused by an earthquake, which, by the way, is a real, not a "so-called," natural disaster.

Earthquakes aren't caused by the weather or greenhouse gas emissions; they're caused by tectonics — that is naturally moving geological faults. While tectonics may cause climate changes, the reverse is not true.

Despite the fictional tsunami that hit New York in the movie "The Day After Tomorrow," there is no realistic climate change scenario that could cause a tsunami-spawning earthquake.

While tsunamis may also, on occasion, be caused by the breaking of polar ice into chunks — the natural process of iceberg creation known as "calving" — such tsunamis tend to be harmless localized events.

Environmentalists are also looking to blame economic development for the devastation wreaked by the tsunamis in hopes of slowing progress in the Third World.

"A creeping rise in sea levels tied to global warming, pollution and damage to coral reefs may make coastlines even more vulnerable to disasters like tsunamis or storms in future, experts said," reported Reuters this week. "Coasts are under threat in many countries," said Greenpeace's Brad Smith to Reuters. "Development of roads, shrimp farms, ribbon development along coasts and tourism are eroding natural defenses in Asia."

Actually, sea levels in the region have been declining, according satellite data and the long-term sea level record for Bombay.

Virginia state climatologist and Cato Institute fellow Patrick Michaels said in a media release this week that linking the Indian Ocean tsunamis to global warming is "in grave contravention of well-known facts about changes in sea level in that region."

Moreover, environmentalists are in feverish denial about the two factors that will, in the end, contribute most to the tsunamis' horrendous death toll — lack of an early warning system and of adequate post-disaster sanitation, both tragic byproducts of the region's severe economic underdevelopment.

Given that fact, how deceptive and calculating for environmentalists to blame "development" as the deadly cause.

It's bad enough they continually try to advance their agendas based on what can only be described as comically wrong information. But it is really troubling that they seem hell-bent on denying poor nations the opportunity to develop economically and thereby pull out of their abject poverty.

Global warming activists pressure U.S. banks not to lend to developing nations' energy projects. Without energy, Third World economies will remain undeveloped. Citigroup and Bank of America have already caved in to activist demands, while as pointed out by CSRwatch.com, J.P Morgan Chase is being pressured by activists wielding second-graders.

Malaria is yet another threat tsunami survivors face. Yet the environmentalist-led, junk-science-fueled ban on the insecticide DDT has had, and will continue to have, terrible human and economic effects on the developing world.

In its Dec. 29 editorial titled, "Death by environmentalist," the Wall Street Journal wrote, "It's been estimated that malaria costs Africa 1.2 percent of its GDP, or some $12 billion annually. The pandemic compromises the educational development of the children it doesn't kill, and it depletes the mental and physical vigor of the adult population."

The tsunamis are a terrible natural disaster. But they pale in comparison to the not-so-natural disaster known as modern environmentalism.



<i>Steven Milloy publishes JunkScience.com and CSRwatch.com, is adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and is the author of "Junk Science Judo: Self-defense Against Health Scares and Scams" (Cato Institute, 2001).</i>









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Mike said:
Please 'splain to me how 'global warming' causes earthquakes?

I think these people spent too much time watching 'Day After Tomorrow'.

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ITS A MOVIE MIKE! IT HAS TO BE REAL!

i dont know, people are just stupid, and these stupid people have money and influence to get their voices heard whether we want to hear it or not.
 

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Mike said:
Please 'splain to me how 'global warming' causes earthquakes?

I think these people spent too much time watching 'Day After Tomorrow'.

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Didn't you know that Global Warming caused massive glaciers to break apart off the coast of Sumatra which cause the tsunami. It wasn't the earthquake that caused it, thats just a cover-up. :rolleyes: :)
 

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I can't believe the members of Greenpeace actually believe the drivel that they are spewing about global warming causing that tsunami. If that's the case, we need to make each and every one of them take a basic geology class (or do about 5 minutes of research with Google) and learn what REALLY causes tsunamis. It's all about plate tectonics and not global warming!

Global warming caused the tsunami... now I've heard everything.
 

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Mike said:
Please 'splain to me how 'global warming' causes earthquakes?

I think these people spent too much time watching 'Day After Tomorrow'.

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I'm a beubonic tectonic chronic (geologist). Tectonics is dope yo.

Ironically, tectonics wasn't widely accepted until a few decades ago.
 

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kd6ecz said:
I can't believe the members of Greenpeace actually believe the drivel that they are spewing about global warming causing that tsunami. If that's the case, we need to make each and every one of them take a basic geology class (or do about 5 minutes of research with Google) and learn what REALLY causes tsunamis. It's all about plate tectonics and not global warming!

Global warming caused the tsunami... now I've heard everything.
This whole global warming thing really irritates me. I don't think we've been around long enough to fully understand the cycles the earth goes through. Maybe it takes 100,000 years to complete a cycle and everything we think we are measuring is normal.

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I completely agree. I guess it is possible that we are doing bad things to the planet but at this stage we just don't know. I'm on the fence about this whole glabal warming issue. Both sides make good points but it may be 10, 20, 100, or more years before we know for certain whether or not our emissions are affecting the planet.
 

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mudferret said:
I'm a beubonic tectonic chronic (geologist). Tectonics is dope yo.

Ironically, tectonics wasn't widely accepted until a few decades ago.
Fo shizzle my nizzle, I'd love to read the "Theory of Plate Tectonics" chapter in an old textbook : :)
 

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Mike said:
This whole global warming thing really irritates me. I don't think we've been around long enough to fully understand the cycles the earth goes through. Maybe it takes 100,000 years to complete a cycle and everything we think we are measuring is normal.

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We already know the cycles. The earth goes through major climate cycles every hundred thousand or hundreds of thousands of years; picture a big sine curve of "very" warm, and "very" cold conditions, going back as far as we can fathom.

On those big sine curves, there are smaller sine curves, a few thousand, or tens of thousands, years in size.

We happen to be on the upswing of a small sine curve that lies on the upswing of the big sine curve, so things are getting warmer on average.

Global warming is natural, I don't doubt however that our relatively recent introduction of hydrocarbons to the atmosphere is hastening it (in a small way) however. We're animals though, the earth will repair itself just fine once we're extinct and the next, better species has evolved.
 

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Okay... I'm going to have to bust out with the geology terms too then.

I can never talk enough about the Pahoehoe and the Aa. Quite a hot topic... so to speak.
 

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Okay... I'm going to have to bust out with the geology terms too then.

I can never talk enough about the Pahoehoe and the Aa. Quite a hot topic... so to speak.
Hot topic...you sir are corny ;) I do love volcanic rock...what with all their gas holes.
 

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I am a corny humor connoisseur. To this day I still laugh about that shirt that is worn by Ross in an episode of Friends that reads simply, "Geology Rocks." That is so unbelievably stupid I find it hilarious.
 

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So me driving a 4x4 here in the states caused that huge earthquake in Asia...need I even reply with an intelligent response?
 
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