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.
The New Yorker magazine published in late December/early January an interesting story of Miami being under seige from increasing water levels. See this post.
If you get the email shown below, just throw in the trash where it belongs.
The beginning of 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.
The email letter continues on with more confusing, misleading and untrutruthful content.