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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

RE: Global Warming causing Katrina Bull Sh&%

This is great:

You (OpinionJournal.com) are way too cynical and know-nothing in your mockery of RFK2 et al. The flood in Genesis was caused by Global Warming. So was the Johnstown Flood. So was Curt Flood. So were the Ten Plagues and the splitting of the Red Sea.

The Chicago Fire of 1871 was caused by Global Warming. So was the Panic of 1873. So was the Panic of 1837. The bubonic plague too was caused by Global Warming (how could you forget this?). So was the fall of Constantinople (note the parallel with the war in Iraq). And the Red Chinese onslaught across the Yalu River in the Korean War was caused by Global Warming. So was the Normandy Invasion in World War II. So was the Norman Invasion of 1066. And the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and Haley's Comet. And for that matter the Hale-Bopp Comet.

The title weather in "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" was clearly caused by Global Warming. So was the pink snow in "The Cat in the Hat." So was Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. So was the entire Civil War. So was the Amityville Horror. So was the Dunwich Horror. So was the failure of the Colorado Rockies to make it to the World Series every single year that they've been a Major League franchise. So was the failure of any of the three "Matrix" movies starring Keanu Reeves to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

AND GEORGE W'S ELECTION TO THE PRESIDENCY IN 2000 WAS CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING!!! (Why do you think he opposes an end to it, after all?)

---Eric Free of Oceanside, Colorado

For those of you who think disastrous hurricanes are a new phenomena, thus linked to "global warming" and all of its evils, please note that the two strongest storms ever recorded that affected the US were Hurricane Camille (1969) and the "Florida Keys" Hurricane (1935), decades prior to today. Also check out this link to the National Hurricane Center, which details the most intense hurricanes to hit the US, along with many other great statistics. Please also note that out of the top 34 most intense hurricanes, 20 of those occurred prior to 1950, with only 3 since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Forecasters have been predicting this current tragedy since Camille in '69. New Orleans being built on ground BELOW sea level, and surrounded by both the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, has been asking for this disaster ever since the city was built. You see the worst part of a hurricane is the storm surge, not the wind, where a bubble/wall of water is carried in by the low pressure and southern winds directly to the right of the eye, and is deposited on shore, raising water levels to catastrophic heights. The destruction in Mississippi was caused by this, and the flooding in New Orleans has been caused by the breaking of the levee system holding back the Gulf and Lake. Check out this graphic to see how it works.

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  • At 7:34 AM, Blogger spence0422 said…

    NYTimes Editorial:

    "Complacency will no longer suffice, especially if experts are right in warning that global warming may increase the intensity of future hurricanes. But since this administration won't acknowledge that global warming exists, the chances of leadership seem minimal."

    One of the worst editorials I have ever read. In a time when readers could use uplifiting language, advice on where and how to help, and talk about the demonstrated strength of the people of the Gulf; The NYTimes uses the events of the last few days as...lets guess, an opportunity to bash the President

    It's just pititful

     
  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    Steve,
    I have to say I was rather disgusted myself when I saw that portion of their editorial. Wholly inappropriate. Frankly, I don't like Bush's environmental policies any better than the next Democrat, but there's a time and a place for that debate, and it does not involve the tragic events of the past week. If ever there was a time for unity within the US, this is it. My only criticism of Bush on this issue will come if he fails to take the opportunity to rally the country as a whole and not just his constituents.

     
  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger crayz said…

    You're completely wrong to say NOLA was built below sea level. What do you think the first settlers in the 1700s did, built a city in the ocean? Please don't be a moron

     
  • At 9:39 PM, Blogger spence0422 said…

    Dear crayz, I would suggest that you take a geography or geology class. It is certainly possible to build upon land which is "below sea level." Please dont think that means that it is under water, it means that ground is below the level of earth in which the ocean usually rests. However, if there is land surrounding the area that is below sea level, it remains dry. The problems begin when there is heavy rain, or when the sea level raises above the surrounding areas, where it then runs down hill into the below sea level area. Think of it this way: If you were to take a large plastic bowl and place it upside down in a tub full of water it would float, creating a "continent" of sorts. Now take the bowl flip it right-side-up and what does it do? It floats and the inside remains dry. However if you were to splash water in the bowl (rain/waves) or tip it into the water (flood) it fills up. If you were to do that to the bowl while it was upside down it would run off the sides. So the bowl sitting upright in the water has areas below sea-level, like N.O. and it can be inundated with water very easily.

     
  • At 9:55 PM, Blogger spence0422 said…

    Further...

    Q: If New Orleans is below sea level, why isn't it underwater?

    A: Because it's protected by natural and artificial barriers. The city sits on the banks of the Mississippi, where sediment from the river had created areas of elevated land called "natural levees." New Orleans' earliest buildings sat on top of these levees, but as the population grew, houses were built farther inland at lower elevations. To create usable land, water had to be pumped out of the area, which in turn caused the ground to sink even lower. It's possible for part of New Orleans to exist below sea level because the levees that surround the city protect it (most of the time) from floods.

    - Robert Dolan of the University of Virginia and Stephen Gill of NOAA's National Ocean Service.

     

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