Got an email containing the latest pile of dung by Ian Plimer, a man who claims the Iceland volcano and not human activity is to blame for climate change.
From Media Watch:
Prof. Ian Plimer: … we humans only put out about three per cent of the annual emissions of carbon dioxide. The rest comes from all sorts of other things, including volcanoes.
— Radio 2GB, The Jason Morrison Drive Show, 19th April, 2010
And here’s one he didn’t mention: volcano expert Dr Fred Jourdan of Curtin University told Media Watch:
… it has been shown by the US Geological Survey that current emissions from volcanoes are being dwarfed by human emissions to a ratio of 1/130…
— Response from Fred Jourdan (Prof. of Applied Geology, Curtin University of Technology), 28th April, 2010
And another little tidbit:
Here’s another fact from Dr Jourdan…
The eruption in Iceland emitted a fairly small amount of CO2. In fact most recent estimates show that the flights that were grounded by the eruption would have emitted about twice as much CO2 as the volcano itself.
— Response from Fred Jourdan (Prof. of Applied Geology, Curtin University of Technology), 30th April, 2010
According to Wikipedia:
In the late 1990s, Plimer went to court alleging misleading and deceptive advertising under the Trade Practices Act 1974 against Ark searcher Allen Roberts, arising from Plimer’s attacks on Roberts’ claims concerning the location of Noah’s Ark. Before the trial, Plimer was forcibly ejected by police from public meetings at which Roberts spoke. The court ruled that Roberts had indeed made false and misleading claims on two of 16 instances cited by Plimer, Plimer had failed to show the other 14, and the two were minor enough to not require remedy, so Plimer lost the case, and was ordered to pay his own and Roberts’ legal costs estimated at over 500,000 Australian dollars
If you get the email shown below, just throw in the trash where it belongs.
The smelly email:
Ian Rutherford Plimer (born 12 February 1946) is an Australian geologist,
academic and businessman, and professor of mining geology at the University
of Adelaide . You will appreciate his take on climate change
(aka: global warming).
Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better! If you’ve read his book
you will agree, this is a good summary.
Are you sitting down?
Okay, here’s the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland , since its
first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE
EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our
planet – all of you.
Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to
suppress – it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to
live and grow, and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans, and all animal
I know, it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission
savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense
of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till
midnight to finish your kid’s “The Green Revolution” science project,
throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares
of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your
SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit
every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cents light bulbs with
$10.00 light bulbs . .. . well, all of those things you have done have all
gone down the tubes in just four days.
The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in just four days – yes
– FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland , has totally erased every single
effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around
200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud any one time –
I don’t really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention
that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it
spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human
race had emitted in its entire YEARS on earth. Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was
active for over one year – think about it.
Of course I shouldn’t spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and
mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized
800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our
completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.
And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact
of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and
Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our
world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.
Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon
tax on you on the basis of the bogus “human-caused” climate change scenario.
Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention “Global Warming” any more,
but just “Climate Change” – you know why? It’s because the planet has COOLED
by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bull artists got
caught with their pants down.
And just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme –
that whopping new tax – imposed on you, that will achieve absolutely nothing
except make you poorer. It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s
But hey, relax, give the world a hug and have a nice day!
PS: I wonder if Iceland is buying carbon offsets?