Monday, April 19, 2010

The Earth Now Has A Toyota Gas Pedal

Yesterday we linked to the Ecocosmology Blog post about the volcanic eruption which is so prevalent in the news.

If the distinguished scientist quoted in that post is correct (who predicted that if the Eyjafjallajökull ice sheet of Iceland melted down to a certain thinness, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano would erupt) then we have our first "popular" global warming event of the 21st Century.

How does it feel to the global warming deniers among the 7 million travelers, who thought global warming effects were being reserved for your children (ghastly thought in itself)?

Or those global warming deniers among the business people who are economically endangered because they cannot ship fresh products to Europe via the aircraft that normally carry them?

Or some of you global warming deniers who will hunger again today for your favorite fresh food flown in from somewhere over the flat earth rainbow?

The Eyjafjallajökull eruption is only "popular" in the sense that it is well known to have happened, but it is not popular to acknowledge this event as a confirmation of global warming via of the tests of science.

One main test of a scientific hypothesis is the ability of that hypothesis to predict a future event based upon the assertions within the confines of that hypothesis.

For example, Einstein predicted that a certain star, which in "straight line reality" was actually behind the Sun and (everyone thought) invisible from earth, would actually be visible during an upcoming eclipse of the Sun because space is curved, not "straight line".

When Einstein's prediction was shown to be true, it was considered further evidence in support of his "curved space reality" hypothesis, which helped move Einstein's hypothesis further along toward theory status.

The Eyjafjallajökull prediction by scientist Bill McGuire, over 2.5 years ago, has likewise been shown to be "curved space reality".

His hypothesis indicated that man-made global warming would continue to melt the Eyjafjallajökull ice sheet until a certain thinness was reached, at which time all hell would break loose, in that, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano would erupt.

Senator Inhofe, the earth is not flat, no matter what Beavis & Butthead say!

Scientist Bill McGuire and his fellow scientists know that the ice sheet was like a lid on a boiling pot that would allow the steam, etc. to escape into the air once that lid was removed.

Now Europeans are itching to fly again, so scientist Bill McGuire, along with the mighty roar of Eyjafjallajökull may be ignored.

It is as if recklessness is an obsession which decision makers resist, but don't resist very well.

Ignoring the reality and the risky potentiality for air disasters of the airliner type, Europeans are chomping at the bit to get flying again ... evidently not facing up to the risks to aircraft the fine shards of hard glass (volcanic rock) in the air can mean.

What an exact microcosm for the global warming ideology, environmental policy, and delusions world governments are intoxicated by.

They, like Toyota, will ignore the problem, write a secret internal memo, thinking at first that such policies will make it go away.

They will not recall the earth at first.

But when that denial policy fails, they will placate the populace with propaganda saying they will pass laws which will recall the earth to replace the problem of the runaway accelerator.

When collapses of the global warming kind make it necessary to build an ark for those too big to fail, they will leave the rest of us to a policy of triage ("take your foot off the accelerator and hit something soft").


  1. Dredd,
    I can assure you that Global Warming deniers will in no way concede that this event had anything at all to do with Global Warming. In fact, I anticipate that they'll argue that the eruption itself counters global warming by blocking sunlight, therefore global warming issues needn't be taken so seriously.

  2. While scientists do not agree on minutae, there is concensus that global warming will cause volcanic activity:


    Telegraph, UK

  3. disaffected,

    "Global Warming deniers will in no way concede that this event had anything at all to do with Global Warming"

    True, they have a progressive disease ... ;) but it is progressing to nowhere fast.

  4. disaffected,

    oops ... I missed your second point: "the eruption itself counters global warming by blocking sunlight"

    Wow, it would seem that night itself would do that, since it always, 24/7, covers half the earth at any given time (stopping sunlight more effectively than clouds do).

    In terms of gases, volcanoes release moisture and carbon dioxide primarily; one adds to ocean levels, while the other is a green house gas.

    Furthermore, one scientist explains:

    "The Icelandic volcano might cause slight warming in the atmosphere, but not as strong as the Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines in 1991, said a Swedish climate expert.

    The Pinatubo eruption was much stronger, throwing all the ashes up into the stratosphere (more than 10,000 meters up in the atmosphere), Fred Goldberg told Xinhua by email.

    Goldberg, who specifically focuses his research on the relations between Pinatubo volcano and global warming, said the current volcano eruption in Iceland is not as strong and the ashes are therefore not thrown into the stratosphere, but remaining in the troposphere at 5,000 to 10,000 meters.

    The incoming sunlight will warm these ash particles, which in turn will warm the surrounding air and therefore may cause a slight warming of the atmosphere, said Goldberg
    ." (online daily).

    Inhofe, Beavis & Butthead Need Waders it is getting so deep ... which is what happens when "the earth is flat" ...

  5. If this is a sign of things to come, things could get interesting very quickly. Very many events like this and the economic house of cards might collapse sooner rather than later. On the plus side, we're saving a lot of jet fuel from being burned anyway.

  6. disaffected,

    True dat ... one must wonder about Katla volcano which is a monster compared to Eyjafjallajökull ... it could keep the planes on the ground a year!

  7. Won't be long if they don't plug the hole in the Mohorovicic discontinuity that they have opened in the Gulf of mexico. Notice that it also has a direct time based connection to Eyjafjallajökull first eruption which occurred within a day of the explosion on the oil rig...