The arrogant movie director James Cameron, who made such movies as “Avatar” and “Titanic” has clearly crossed over into a level of intelligence that mere humans could never possibly attain. After all, he makes movies and stuff.
I have always thought James Cameron was an asshole, and statements like this simply prove that. Think of it in these terms. His wife left him for another woman! Clearly Cameron has not mastered the Kama Sutra, so what makes Cameron think that he can plug a broken oil well under 5000 feet of water?
What James Cameron is insinuating is that he has more knowledge of oil leaks that teams of the finest engineers in the world that specialize in these sort of problems.
The fact of the matter is that British Petroleum and every other oil company on the planet would not be in this predicament in the first place if it wasn’t for wealthy people like James Cameron not wanting their precious ocean views obstructed by oil rigs.
That and environmental nut bags wanting them to drill twenty miles from shore in 5000 feet of water in the first place, which after seeing “Avatar” it pretty clear that James Cameron is among the nut bags.
I have news for James Cameron. Dude, you make movies. You know nothing about plugging oil well leaks that people like you are responsible for creating in the first place because your own environmental stupidity. JD
And we are all still here. Want to argue this with me? Mount Pinatubo actually cooled the globe for more than 5 years, yet it released more of what the global warming idiots call pollutants into the atmosphere than man had in more than 100 years.
You should have seen it. We had the most beautiful sunsets here in Southern California. Pinatubo dispelled many myths being propagated at the time.
One of the biggest was that a meteor could cause the sun to be blotto for 20 years. It was raining ashes in Hawaii but the sun still shined. Pinatubo displaced billions of tons of earth, ash and dust and distributed it all around the planet.
The effects of the eruption were felt worldwide. It ejected roughly 10 billion metric tons of magma, and 20 million tons of SO2, bringing vast quantities of minerals and metals to the surface environment.
It injected large amounts of aerosols into the stratosphere—more than any eruption since that of Krakatoa in 1883. Over the following months, the aerosols formed a global layer of sulfuric acid haze. Global temperatures dropped by about .09 degrees.
The doom and gloomers went ape shit and were predicting that the global caps would melt and that we were destine to be wiped off the face of the earth.
Keep in mind that the global temperatures cooled, yet Algore and the environmetalists seized the opportunity to frighten the shit out of the dullards that subscribe to their nonsense.
Here we are today with Iceland having an volcanic eruption and out from under their rocks they crawl, the environmental whacko’ that are once again predicting doom and gloom for mankind.
I blame the youth of society and their teachers and professors that propagate this type of hysteria. Teachers simply wait for the socialist bandwagon to roll by and jump right on it.
They start telling their students to fear virtually everything and their students, being inept and gullible, run about protesting and carrying on about it until it gets media attention.
All of this too shall come to pass and guess what? We will all still be here. JD
Is nature out of control? MSNBC Proves How Incredibly Stupid They Are
Is it just me or is this the dumbest headline you have ever seen? Nature out of control? Has nature ever been “in control” in the first place? The article from MSNBC never asks this pressing question.
Its the same thing with the global warming myth. Can you imagine a time when mankind has become so egocentric that we believe that we can control nature?
So here is MSNBC doing what all news agencies do to keep the sheeple watching their crappy network. Trying to scare the masses into believing that somehow humans are responsible for all these earthquakes.
Now that the global warming issue is being debunked, I can already see the next big socialist cause. Global Earthquakes. Somehow a correlation will be made to scientifically prove that man is responsible for earthquakes.
I got it. Its because our automobiles are putting extraneous forces on the earth’s crust, thus causing the planet to to be pulled in a million different directions at once, creating the earthquakes we are having today. That’s the ticket . . .
Chile is on a hotspot of sorts for earthquake activity. And so the 8.8-magnitude temblor that shook the region overnight was not a surprise, historically speaking. Nor was it outside the realm of normal, scientists say, even though it comes on the heels of other major earthquakes.
One scientist, however, says that relative to the time period from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, Earth has been more active over the past 15 years or so.
The Chilean earthquake, and the tsunami it spawned, originated on a hot spot known as a subduction zone, where one plate of Earth’s crust dives under another. It’s part of the active “Ring of Fire,” a zone of major crustal plate clashes that surround the Pacific Ocean.
“This particular subduction zone has produced very damaging earthquakes throughout its history,” said Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
The largest quake ever recorded, magnitude 9.5, occurred along the same fault zone in May 1960.
Even so, magnitude-8 earthquakes occur globally, on average, just once a year. Since magnitudes are given on a logarithmic scale, an 8.8-magnitude is much more intense than a magnitude 8, and so this event would be even rarer, said J. Ramón Arrowsmith, a geologist at Arizona State University.
Is Earth shaking more?
The Ryukyu Islands of Japan were hit with a 7.0-magnitude quake on Friday night. News of that tremor, the Haiti quake and now Chile may make it seem as if Earth is becoming ever more active. But in the grand scheme of things, geologists say this is just Mother Nature as usual.
“From our human perspective with our relatively short and incomplete memories and better and better communications around the world, we hear about more earthquakes and it seems like they are more frequent,” Arrowsmith said. “But this is probably not any indication of a global change in earthquake rate of significance.”
Coupled with better communication, as the human population skyrockets and we move into more hazardous regions, we’re going to hear more about the events that do occur, Arrowsmith added.
Thousands rattle the Earth daily — but only a few cause utter devastation.
However, “relative to the 20-year period from the mid-1970s to the mid 1990s, the Earth has been more active over the past 15 or so years,” said Stephen S. Gao, a geophysicist at Missouri University of Science and Technology. “We still do not know the reason for this yet. Could simply be the natural temporal variation of the stress field in the earth’s lithosphere.” (The lithosphere is the outer solid part of the Earth.)
While the Chilean earthquake wasn’t directly related to Japan’s 7.0-magnitude temblor, the two have some factors in common.
For one, any seismic waves that made their way from Japan to the Chilean coast could play a slight role in ground-shaking.
“It is too far away for any direct triggering, and those distances also make the seismic waves as they would pass by from the Haiti or Japan events pretty small because of attenuation,” Arrowsmith told LiveScience. (Attenuation is the decrease in energy with distance.) “Nevertheless, if the Chilean fault surface were close to failure, those small waves could push it even closer.”
In addition, both regions reside within the Ring of Fire, which is a zone surrounding the Pacific Ocean where the Pacific tectonic plate and other plates dive beneath other slabs of Earth. About 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur along this arc. (The next most seismic region, where just 5 to 6 percent of temblors occur, is the Alpide belt, which extends from the Mediterranean region eastward.)
Colliding plates The Chilean earthquake occurred at the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. These rocky slabs are converging at a rate of 3 inches (80 mm) per year, according to the USGS. This huge jolt happened as the Nazca plate moved down and landward below the South American plate. This is called a subduction zone when one plate subducts beneath another.
(Over time, the overriding South American Plate gets lifted up, creating the towering Andes Mountains.)
The plate movement explains why coastal Chile has such a history of powerful earthquakes . Since 1973, 13 temblors of magnitude 7.0 or greater have occurred there, according to the USGS.
Three big companies quit an influential lobbying group that had focused on shaping climate-change legislation, in the latest sign that support for an ambitious bill is melting away.
BP PLC and two other major firms quit a lobbying group focused on shaping global-warming policy.
Several companies are quitting an influential lobbying group focusing in on legislation, despite the administratin’s push to use the budget to pass greenhouse gas legistlation. WSJ’s Grainne McCarthy reports in the News Hub.
Oil giants BP PLC and ConocoPhillips and heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. said Tuesday they won’t renew their membership in the three-year-old U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a broad business-environmental coalition that had been instrumental in building support in Washington for capping emissions of greenhouse gases.
The move comes as debate over climate change intensifies and concerns mount about the cost of capping greenhouse-gas emissions.
On a range of issues, from climate change to health care, skepticism is growing in Washington that Congress will pass any major legislation in a contentious election year in which Republicans are expected to gain seats. For companies, the shifting winds have reduced pressure to find common ground, leading them to pursue their own, sometimes conflicting interests.
Last week, the head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Billy Tauzin, said he would step down as president of the industry’s main lobby in Washington, amid criticism from some in the industry over the alliance he made last year with the White House to support health-care legislation.
The administration had worked hard to persuade industry groups to climb aboard its major legislative initiatives—a tack many business interests saw as sensible following the Democrats’ big gains in the 2008 elections. But “unlikely bedfellows make for breakups,” said Kevin Book, managing director of Clearview Energy Partners, a consulting firm.
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Spokesmen for ConocoPhillips and BP said the companies still support legislation to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, but believe they can accomplish more working outside USCAP’s umbrella. Caterpillar said it plans to focus on commercializing green technologies.
ConocoPhillips’s senior vice president for government affairs, Red Cavaney, said the USCAP was focused on getting a climate-change bill passed, whereas Conoco is increasingly concerned with what the details of such a bill would be.
“USCAP was starting to do more and more on trying to get a bill out without trying to work as much on the substance of it,” Mr. Cavaney said.
A spokesman for USCAP said it intends to continue its work. More than 20 other large companies, including oil company Royal Dutch Shell PLC and industrial heavyweights General Electric Co. and Honeywell International Inc., remain in the coalition with environmental groups such as the Environmental Defense Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council. The USCAP said it expects to add new members in coming months.
“We think there’s momentum to get [a climate bill] done,” USCAP spokesman Tad Segal said. “President [Barack] Obama’s State of the Union address made it clear the administration is behind us.”
But experts said the companies’ decision to withdraw from USCAP is a sign the politics of climate change is shifting in Washington. When Mr. Obama took office, Congress appeared to have momentum for a climate bill that would push the economy toward lower-carbon alternatives. But as the economy soured, support waned.
The Obama administration says it will curb greenhouse-gas emissions using the Clean Air Act if Congress doesn’t act, and the Environmental Protection Agency has been pushing ahead with rule making.
When USCAP was founded in 2007, leaders of big U.S. companies had grown concerned that Democrats in Congress were preparing to put strict limits on industrial emissions of heat-trapping gases linked to climate change. Many executives decided it was better to be part of the debate in a united front.
“ We need to move away from oil but not by government’s punitive force. When the technology for alternatives is good enough, oil and coal will fall off the energy tree like a ripe fruit. ”
“The saying in Washington is that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” said Whitney Stanco, an energy policy analyst for Concept Capital, a Washington research firm.
The big-tent approach boosted USCAP’s influence. In January 2009, the group released its recommendations for legislation. Many were incorporated into legislation, adopted by the House, that would require companies to reduce carbon emissions or buy pollution credits from firms that did.
But not all of USCAP’s members supported the bill. Caterpillar objected in part because it would impose tariffs on goods from countries that didn’t match U.S. efforts to combat climate change. BP and Conoco opposed it on the grounds that it didn’t treat energy producers equally.
As long as climate legislation appeared imminent, companies were willing to paper over their differences and continue to work together. But by late last year, momentum had stalled in the Senate as Washington turned its attention to health care, the economy and the midterm elections. Few experts expect a bill to pass this year.
USCAP isn’t the only group to be roiled by the issue. Last year, several members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce quit the group over its stance against the climate bill.