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Walk Away

Posted by Jeff Id on October 24, 2009

Damn, I’m sick to death of morons. From an article on CNN working hard to hype some lame demonstrations.

“I believe climate change is the 21st century’s greatest human rights and security challenge,” said Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed, who is one of the messengers. His country, an archipelago of 1,200 islands, is threatened with disappearing under water if sea levels continue to rise.

“If we cannot save 350,000 Maldivians from rising seas today, we cannot save the millions in New York, London, or Mumbai tomorrow,” he said in a recorded statement released by 350.org. “Climate change is happening, and it is happening faster and with greater severity than previously thought.”

Well if global warming and emergency flooding were true, you have a hundred years to build a barrier around the island or build 150,000 canoes. Warming by humans or nature doesn’t matter either way — the island WILL flood — again. However the question of how to save New Yorkers from global warming is a bit simpler.

Walk away.

11 Responses to “Walk Away”

  1. timetochooseagain said

    “Climate change is happening, and it is happening faster and with greater severity than previously thought.”

    Faster than who previously thought? Who thought that “climate change” would occur more slowly than an absence of warming in the last twelve years?

  2. Vinny Burgoo said

    The Maldives owes whatever wealth it has mostly to tourism. Rich Westerners pay a fortune to sit on beaches devoid of oiks and congratulate themselves on being at one with nature. Their kerosene-fueled arrivals and departures aren’t counted as part of the plucky island republic’s GHG emissions but the bits in-between contribute … can’t remember, but somewhere between 40 and 80% of GNP. (The other big contributor is that other major eco-naughty, tuna-fishing.) Mark Lynas’s famous zero-carbon plan for the Maldives not-so-famously included only a very limited allowance for the CO2 emissions due to jet travel. If I were the president of the Maldives, I’d shut up and enjoy the tourist dollars while they last. Prating about climate change will surely alert even the stupidest eco-traveller to the possibility that flying to the Maldives is not quite the thing.

  3. Tony Hansen said

    And if we were able to ask world leaders from 1909 what the greatest challenges would be for the rest of the century…..

  4. Mark T said

    Yeah, I’ve never understood the mindset of the alarmists. Giving them a large amount of latitude and, um, poetic license, and granting that maybe the seas will continue to rise for the forseeable future, are the really so thick that they think everyone will stand around in flooding areas till the water is up to their necks? “We’re not sinking, no, we’re not sinking.” Um, duh?

    Mark

  5. AEGeneral said

    I’m sick to death of morons

    Then quit reading CNN’s website.

  6. Adam Gallon said

    WUWT had a thread on the comedy underwater cabinet meeting held by this lot.
    I wonder if they were discussing any of their 64 planned new holiday resorts?

  7. timetochooseagain said

    4-The “stupid people hypothesis” is popular with heat related mortality scares, too.

    News flash! When it gets hot once, people die. The next time? They get into the air conditioning!

  8. Retired Engineer said

    The Maldivians (?) are not really that dumb. It’s all about money. Copenhagen might just do it, require massive transfer of wealth from us to them. We are led by people sufficiently stupid to try that.

    How far above sea level is the U.N. building? The cloud might have a silver lining.

  9. Kenneth Fritsch said

    Prating about climate change will surely alert even the stupidest eco-traveller to the possibility that flying to the Maldives is not quite the thing.

    Is not this where the eco-savy-traveler mumbles something about purchasing off-setting carbon credits?

  10. Duncan said

    Walk away? From some of the most valuable real estate on the planet? puhlease.

    Lemme tell ya, sea level in the NY area rose about a foot in the past century, but Manhattan Island is larger today than it was a century ago. Manhattan will be larger a century from now than it is today. It doesn’t even matter how much sea levels rise. The island is basically hollow – given enough lead time we set street level at whatever is convenient.

  11. Vinny Burgoo said

    Re KF: ‘Is not this where the eco-savy-traveler mumbles something about purchasing off-setting carbon credits?’

    Well might they mumble. Carbon offsetting is a scam. Tree offsets don’t work and non-tree offsets pay other people to be less naughty but leave the traveller’s own naughtiness uncorrected. If I fart in a lift, the smell doesn’t go away if I pay the person standing next to me not to fart. (Good gambit, though. I must remember it next time I fart in a lift. ‘Excuse me, sir. Here’s £5. Please don’t fart so much.’)

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