Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste: Earthquake? Tsunami? Global Warming!!!


We all knew this was going to happen – it was just a matter of “when”.  As it turns out, it didn’t take very long at all.

Hours after a massive earthquake rattled Japan, environmental advocates connected the natural disaster to global warming.  The president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Staffan Nilsson, issued a statement calling for solidarity in tackling the global warming problem.

“Some islands affected by climate change have been hit,” said Nilsson. “Has not the time come to demonstrate on solidarity – not least solidarity in combating and adapting to climate change and global warming?”

“Mother Nature has again given us a sign that that is what we need to do,” he added.

Lee Doren of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has been collecting some of the highlights – er, lowlights – via Twitter.  See them here at The Daily Caller.

UPDATE:  “Global warming alarmists are to natural disasters what the Westboro Baptist Church is to military funerals.” Just so.

UPDATE 2:  Tim Blair on Anthropogenic Tectonic Warming®.  You know it makes sense!

h/t @LDoren, @JTlol, @DailyCaller

18 Responses to “Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste: Earthquake? Tsunami? Global Warming!!!”

  1. Merilyn Says:

    Know this is not a relief to anyone, but the “Global Warming Lobby” should keep in mind that this is the 7th biggest earth quake on record not the 1st. This mob will do and say anything to get attention.
    Reckon Mother Nature is getting back at them for using “her” to scam money off the people.

  2. onepointsixoneeight Says:

    Hi merilyn

  3. onepointsixoneeight Says:

    fyi…

    Environmental group Greenpeace tells the AFP news agency “Japan is in the middle of a nuclear crisis with potentially devastating consequences”. Campaigner Jan Beranek adds: “While the immediate focus is on minimising radiation release and keeping local people safe, this is yet another reminder of the inherent risks of nuclear power.”

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      “this is yet another reminder of the inherent risks of nuclear power”

      Bullshit.

      Cheap abundant energy is what gave Japan the luxury of building a world-leading coterie of Engineers in the first place, which enabled Japan to be probably the best-placed country in the world to deal with a disaster of this magnitude.

      Not just the Warmies, but the anti-progress, anti-energy, anti-nukes vultures are twisting this all to their own (perceived) advantage.

    • eggz Says:

      Greens are now accustomed to the formerly scary invisible energy rays of wireless communications, viz: mobile towers near daycare centres, now that they’ve magically embraced wifi devices; nuke power will obviously take the neo-luddites a while longer…

  4. onepointsixoneeight Says:

    That’s why I posted it.

  5. bingbing Says:

    Aren’t the Left always the ones who say it’s too soon to talk?

  6. Merilyn Says:

    Just a matter of interest 1.6, “The US Air Force delivered coolant to a Japanese plant,” the plant hasn’t been specified, but people have been moved as a precaution, in case there is a leak, which so far there hasn’t. [With thanks to the Daily Telegraph] so that is a bit of good news.
    Tonga has been hit now with a 6.1 quake.

  7. 1.618 Says:

    Hi Merilyn,

    Naoto Sekimura, a professor at the University of Tokyo, said a major radioactive disaster was unlikely.

    “No Chernobyl is possible at a light water reactor. Loss of coolant means a temperature rise, but it also will stop the reaction,” he said.

    “Even in the worst-case scenario, that would mean some radioactive leakage and equipment damage, but not an explosion.

    **If venting is done carefully, there will be little leakage. Certainly not beyond the 3 km radius.”***

    Suggestion? WTF? Run and let’s hope it’s not a windy day.

  8. spot_the_dog Says:

    UPDATE 2: Tim Blair on Anthropogenic Tectonic Warming®. You know it makes sense!

  9. Onepoint Says:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/japan-quake-nuclear-coolant-idUSN1125270120110311

    Rawsters report: US at the time, did not supply coolant to Japan- 11 3 11

    I think Gavin Asian Correspondent knows about nuclear.

    http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/bwrs.html

    Stoked that I didn’t book holiday to Hawaii.

    • Merilyn Says:

      Well there you go 1.6, see the internet is more up to date then the newspapers…….well done lass.

  10. 1.618 Says:

    I wouldn’t believe the 3 km radius government issued warning.
    Remember, they’re asking the people to remain calm. WTF!? I’d drive drive as far I could, hitch a ride and get out of the country.

    • bingbing Says:

      Then you’d be more likely to die in a traffic accident than by any radiation leaks.

  11. 1.618 Says:

    I wonder how far the residents of Lucas Heights, (Sydney) would drive in this situation? Cronulla? Sutherland? Menai?
    If Premier Kristina Keneally asked residents to evacuate, would they believe her? (It’s not that I’m anti nuc.)

    BB, I’d be borrowing a horse.

  12. The Wizard of WOZ Says:

    Jeebus guys, the amount of radiation we’re talking about releasing here isnt too far off what you’d get from watching your tv dinner cook in the microwave if you were standing with your face to the glass.

    I even heard the word meltdown used in casual conversation tonight. By a so called engineer.

    The radioactive boogey man has risen from a Japanese natural disaster just like Gojirra.

    “No Chernobyl is possible at a light water reactor. Loss of coolant means a temperature rise, but it also will stop the reaction” Yep.

    Chernobyl was a cluster fuck caused by ELECTRICAL engineers who had no understanding of nuclear physics or the design of the reactor the were operating.

    You can say many things about the Japs, but they dont play games when it comes to any kind of engineering. Especially not Nuclear…

    • eggz Says:

      Yup, my understanding of Chernobyl was a combination of poor control systems design and procedural error – the proverbial cluster f*ck: the Japs’ case will see how the Greens’/MSM hyperventilating pans out – Seven Network is questioning the geo-stability of Jap nuke power 40 years down the track; such wisdom in hindsight from the chattering lay MSM…

  13. bruce Says:

    I used to dispose of radioactive waste in a research lab. we all wore tags, I carried a geiger counter. I noticed that outside background radiation varies, by place and on different days. There is no such thing as ‘nuclear free’. My job was to identify spills and call the supervisor. We had hazard protocols to deal with most situations, as does everyone. We constantly tried to improve.

    I got out when they started keeping live retrovirus cultures, searching for a cure. That was more scary to me than radiation, because retrovirus is still largely unknown.

    Sometimes a researcher got ‘cooked’, as revealed by the tested tags. Which meant they received several times their normal background dose of radiation, say a months worth in a day. Which was remedied by them avoiding research contact for the rest of the month. It’s all quite simple and straightforward. Dosage is crucial, just as many medicines are poisonous but heal in the right dose.


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