Paul Cooper

Danny Glover’s Mad Science: Global Warming and America’s Failures at Copenhagen Caused Haitian Earthquake

Posted on January 16 2010 9:00 am
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Which one is more crazy?

Where did Danny Glover go to school?  How many science classes did the man take?  Should he have to give his college degree back to American University?  The man might not know karate – but he knows ka – razy!

If I asked you to think of the dumbest statement you could make up, it would be more intelligent than what Danny Glover said about the cause of the earthquake in Haiti.

“What happened in Haiti could happen to anywhere in the Caribbean because all these island nations are in peril because of global warming.  When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?” – Danny Glover

Read it again.  Yes, Glover actually believes that global warming and the failure of America to get substantial agreements at the climate Summit in Copenhagen somehow led to a massive earthquake in Haiti.

Glover’s statement is wrong on so many levels.  But we’ll just focus on the main one.  Let’s ask a real basic question.  Can global warming lead to earthquakes?  I’ll keep this at a 3rd grade level and see if Glover can follow the science.  The earth is covered by gigantic shifting plates.  Where they rub together we have fault lines.  When those fault lines push against each other they produce energy and stress.  As that energy builds up it will eventually release at those faults and cause an earthquake.  Almost all earthquakes are generated this way.  Not sure if Glover knows this, but Haiti happens to sit right on a major fault line.

On rare occasions earthquakes can be man-made.  It happens when people are using massive amounts of explosives or drilling deep into the ground.  In these rare cases, the human activity puts more pressure on an existing fault line.

Global warming is the belief that temperatures on our planet have increased and will continue to do so.  It has absolutely no relation to plate tectonics and earthquakes.  The equation “global warming = earthquakes” makes about as much sense as “more ketchup = shark infestation” or “Danny Glover=genius.”

I know Glover went off the deep end politically years ago.  Any man that likes to hug Hugo Chavez has no love for the founding principles of America.  But this recent statement is grounds for being committed.  Note to Glover, MotherJones, and Pat Robertson:  Stop finding fault for Haiti’s disaster outside of the country being on a fault line, and then shut your mouths and open your wallets to the needs of Haiti.

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