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The Top 5 Ways Humans Caused the Japan Earthquake

Posted on March 24 2011 12:30 pm
Jesse Hathaway survived the progressive re-education camps of Ohio University and the People’s Republik of Athens, and now lives and blogs in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Follow him on Teh Twitter, and become part of his Right Turns Only posse.

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#2: Global Warming, The Root of All Problems

Another “theory”—and I use that term very loosely—that some progressives have floated is that melting glaciers are the culprit for earthquakes.

In 2010, Alan Weisman, “science journalist” and author of environmentalist “apocalypo-porn” (my term) “non-fiction” book The Earth Without Us—a tome in which Weisman tallied all the ways that the Earth would be better off without humans on it—wrote an article for CNN, in which he suggested that driving cars and having a civilized industrial society was a cause of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

In between swigs of free-trade coffee, Weisman wrote:

Yet something else is lately worrying geologists: the likelihood that the Earth’s crust, relieved of so much formidable weight of [glacier] ice borne for many thousands of years, has begun to stretch and rebound.

As it does, a volcano awakens in Iceland (with another, larger and adjacent to still-erupting Eyjafjallajokull, threatening to detonate next). The Earth shudders in Haiti. Then Chile. Then western China. Mexicali-Calexico. The Solomon Islands. Spain. New Guinea. And those are just the big ones, 6+ on the Richter scale, and just in 2010. And it’s only April.

Because the story fit the progressive narrative of “Mother Gaia is similar to the Incredible Hulk; she’s green, she’s big, and she’s going to strike back,” CNN breathlessly ran with the story, not bothering to remember that the mass of present-day glaciers are orders of magnitude smaller than the glaciers that covered a significant fraction of the entire Earth, during the Ice Age.

If a present-day glacier melting caused the Haiti earthquake in 2010, or the Japanese earthquake this month, the Earth would have literally torn itself apart as the Ice Age ended thousands of years ago.

As’s Michael Reilly writes, “Melting glaciers caused the earthquake in Haiti? Chile? Mexico? No, no and no. And “no” to all the other quakes, and the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull, too. There is no evidence that any of them were affected in any way by global warming.”

Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll…

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