Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It Really Is a Small World

By Alan Caruba

There is a flood in Australia of biblical proportions though it must be said there is little news of it in the U.S. media. Much of Queensland is under water which would be comparable to saying that much of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and a large portion of New York is under water. Australia is very big.

If that news was not disturbing enough, on Tuesday, Krakatau volcano in Indonesia erupted, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands in its vicinity as ash rained down on two large provinces. Meanwhile, the Kizimen volcano on Kamchatka is erupting as well.

England is passing through the worst winter in the last hundred years of recorded history. Its heavy investment in clean energy, specifically wind turbines, has turned out to be a bad idea since they tend not to turn much when the weather turns cold. Having shut down most of its coal mines, England is experiencing a lack of electrical power that is killing some folks.

No, it is not the Apocalypse, but it might as well be for people fleeing or trapped by these huge events.

No doubt some people are trying to organize efforts to save the kangaroos and koala bears in Australia while others are worrying about indigenous animals in Indonesia. If this sounds like they have idiotic priorities, they do. The same indifference Nature shows to these critters applies to you as well.

The anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, January 13, will occasion a flurry of articles and analysis of what has happened since (not much) but will fade by the weekend. Haiti hasn’t had a good day for centuries.

Meanwhile, snow has fallen in 49 of the U.S. States including Hawaii! It covered 69% of the lower 48. The northeast just experienced its second blizzard since Christmas.

Time to panic? Hardly.

So when should we panic? I would suggest a good time would be when we in America wake up and discover that the current administration has forced enough coal-burning utilities to shut down and there’s no electricity or just not enough to go around. Coal provides fifty percent of all of the electricity we use in the U.S.

We might begin to panic when we realize that the government remains steadfastly in the way of building more nuclear plants to generate electricity, despite its rhetoric stating the opposite.

Most Americans will begin to get angry when a gallon of gasoline hits $4 or more and will wonder why without wondering what happens when the U.S. government shuts down much of the drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by simply not issuing permits and forbids exploration or drilling off the long East and West coasts where billions of barrels of oil are believed to exist. Brazil is doing it. Why not us?

Oil is a global commodity which means that its price is determined by supply and demand. Right now, as China’s economy continues to surge and ours continues to stagnate, China is buying up as much oil as it can get its hands on. It is drilling for it off the coast of Cuba, a mere 90 miles from the tip of Florida.

Due to the floods in Australia, a major producer of coal, China is looking to purchase coal dug out of the mines in Appalachia, precisely where the Obama administration has done its best to shut down mines.

So, you see, it really is a small world after all.

The last great eruption of Krakatau actually lowered the temperature worldwide by throwing so much “schmutz” into the atmosphere it interfered with the Sun’s warming rays.

No matter where you live, it helps if the government doesn’t behave in a totally irrational and stupid way in the name of some bogus notion like global warming.

By the way, where is Al Gore these days? I hear China is experiencing some monster snow storms and it wouldn’t surprise me to hear he’s over there.

© Alan Caruba, 2011


TexasFred said...

Libber logic: The sky IS falling...

Alan Caruba said...

#Fred: Ain't it da truth! Bunch of crybabies.

beano said...

Al Gore has been in Asia lately spreading his warming rhetoric.
Last week in Jakarta Indonesia.

TonyfromOz said...

Thanks for mentioning the floods here in Australia. At least someone has some sort of finger on the pulse.
Consider this.
Australia is around the same size as the contiguous U.S. only our population is more spread out, and only one fifteenth that of the U.S.
Hurricane Katrina devastated an area of 90,000 square miles.
Just here in the State of Queensland alone, and in an area of Northern New South Wales, the area currently under water is around 360,000 square miles, four times the size of Katrina's scope, or roughly the size of Texas, and New Mexico combined.
Here in Rockhampton the water has been at major flood levels for three weeks and will not recede from that maximum level for at least another three weeks.
In the State capital Brisbane the scope of the disaster is astronomical.


Ronbo said...

@Alan: Sarah Palin's Blood Libel rhetoric caused Global Warming.

Alan Caruba said...

@Tony: I do hope the floods recede as swiftly as possible. The devastation defies the imagination.

Between floods, wildfires and other natural events in Oz, I am inclined to remain in New Jersey and not complain about anything!

Alan Caruba said...

I thought it was all George Bush's fault?

Pitch said...

Alan Caruba for "PRESIDENT!"

Alan Caruba said...

Thanks...but no thanks! :-)

LarryOldtimer said...

Earthquakes and high levels of volcanic activity come in bunches, historically.

I would never foretell the future, but from all physical indications, we have been dealt two pair of global cooling, and are drawing one card to a full house of ice age.