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“The real victims of Fukushima”

February 23rd, 2012 by Vader

Deaths by tsunami in Japan last year: 20,000+

Deaths by radiation exposure in Japan last year: 0.

But that’s not what you’d get out of the press coverage.

His Majesty and I were discussing this over his morning coffee today. He pointed out that there is a definite human preference for being scared of things that we think we can control. We can’t control earthquakes and there are still hard human limitations to what we can do to prepare against the biggest. On the other hand, it is entirely within our power to shut down nuclear plants, even if they aren’t actually what’s killing anyone.

I wondered out loud whether this explains the popularity of global warming apocalyptic scenarios. Climate has always fluctuated, but this time we have a theory that human behavior is causing it and that modifications of human behavior might prevent it. His Majesty started to sneer something, then paused and got thoughtful for a moment. (I think he was about to say that, while there are certainly many sincere proponents of the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis, a lot of the popularity lies in the potential for a power grab. But I can’t be sure; I know His Majesty fairly well, but he still sometimes surprises me.) His Majesty did the chin stroke thing, then offered a prediction: If global warming turns out to be a natural phenomenon, it will completely lose the public interest, even if the actual warming that takes place is as bad or worse than anything in the AGW scenarios. People will simply find ways to cope, as they have since the last Ice Age.


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February 23rd, 2012 09:22:02

What Price Global Warming?

January 05th, 2011 by Bertie

If you wish to converse with an urbane clubman, you shall find me wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying by a fireplace. Brrr, I mean to say. Icebergs aren’t in it. (more…)

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January 05th, 2011 10:09:43

Peer-reviewed Study Concludes that Most Global Warming is Natural

July 24th, 2009 by La LLorona

Either way, my children are going to drown!

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July 24th, 2009 07:27:29

EPA to Regulate Water Vapor and Carbon Dioxide as Pollutants

April 21st, 2009 by Pecos Bill

They kin regulate my breathing when they pry my lungs from my cold, daid mouth.  Not ‘fore then.  (more…)

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April 21st, 2009 18:49:26

Avert your eyes

April 03rd, 2009 by GST

Tim Blair has “graphic and sickening” photographic evidence of environmentally-threatened polar bear rampages.

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April 03rd, 2009 12:18:43

Alas, My Children!

March 30th, 2009 by La LLorona

We’re all going to be drowned under a four-inch tidal wave of doom. All because of global warming! My poor children.

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March 30th, 2009 12:46:49

Adelaide in the dark! Are flights still available?

March 26th, 2009 by GST

Tim Blair rounds up Earth Hour activities for us.  Basically, some lights will be turned off.

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March 26th, 2009 10:14:08

Freeman Dyson

March 26th, 2009 by Pecos Bill

Freeman Dyson. Yeehah!

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March 26th, 2009 08:26:48