Friday, September 23, 2005

Getting blame down to a science

Believe it or not, there are those in the world -- besides al Qaeda-- who are welcoming the arrival of Hurricane Rita. Among them is Sir John Lawton, an elite environmentalist from across the pond:

Super-powerful hurricanes now hitting the United States are the "smoking gun" of global warming, one of Britain's leading scientists believes.

The growing violence of storms such as Katrina, which wrecked New Orleans, and Rita, now threatening Texas, is very probably caused by climate change, said Sir John Lawton, chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Hurricanes were getting more intense, just as computer models predicted they would, because of the rising temperature of the sea, he said. "The increased intensity of these kinds of extreme storms is very likely to be due to global warming."

In a series of outspoken comments - a thinly veiled attack on the Bush administration, Sir John hit out at neoconservatives in the US who still deny the reality of climate change.

Referring to the arrival of Hurricane Rita he said: "If this makes the climate loonies in the States realise we've got a problem, some good will come out of a truly awful situation." As he spoke, more than a million people were fleeing north away from the coast of Texas as Rita, one of the most intense storms on record, roared through the Gulf of Mexico. It will probably make landfall tonight or early tomorrow near Houston, America's fourth largest city and the centre of its oil industry. Highways leading inland from Houston were clogged with traffic for up to 100 miles north.

There are real fears that Houston could suffer as badly from Rita just as New Orleans suffered from Hurricane Katrina less than a month ago.

Asked what conclusion the Bush administration should draw from two hurricanes of such high intensity hitting the US in quick succession, Sir John said: "If what looks like is going to be a horrible mess causes the extreme sceptics about climate change in the US to reconsider their opinion, that would be an extremely valuable outcome."

Unbelievable. So the people who die in Texas will be serving a greater good because it will educate us stupid Americans on global warming and teach the neocon loonies in charge of this country a jolly good lesson. Brilliant observation, Sir John.


This type of callous thinking is disturbing and there is really not a whole lot of difference between the reasoning of radical environmentalists such as Lawton and that of radical Islamists. Both view any disaster that strikes America as a just reward for it's policies. Both view innocent lives lost as a necessary evil to wake a nation up to it's "sins".

While there is such a thing as bonifide environmental science, what Sir John practices is an extreme, politically-charged version that approaches a religion. It is driven by an intense dislike of capitalism and conservative policy and has very little to do with the legitimate study of our climate.

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