Sunday, July 08, 2007

SUVs of the Gods?

In all of the excitement over the Live Earth concerts, many people may have missed this recent report from The Detroit Free Press in their Science News section,
Ice-covered Greenland really was green a half-million or so years ago, covered with forests in a climate much like that of eastern Canada today.

An international team of researchers recovered ancient DNA from the bottom of an ice core and found the presence of pine, yew and alder trees as well as insects.

The researchers, led by Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, say the findings are the first direct proof that there was forest in southern Greenland.

Included were genetic traces of butterflies, moths, flies and beetles, they report in today's edition of the journal Science.

The material was recovered from cores drilled through ice 1.2 miles thick in south central Greenland.
So who was driving the SUVs that caused that kind of global warming a half million years ago?

And speaking of "saving the Earth" read Michelle Malkin's report on this series of Earth-saving concerts. She's got some great links, the best being this one.
The Live Earth event is, in the words of one commentator: "a massive, hypocritical fraud".

For while the organisers' commitment to save the planet is genuine, the very process of putting on such a vast event, with more than 150 performers jetting around the world to appear in concerts from Tokyo to Hamburg, is surely an exercise in hypocrisy on a grand scale.

Matt Bellamy, front man of the rock band Muse, has dubbed it 'private jets for climate change'.

A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that far from saving the planet, the extravaganza will generate a huge fuel bill, acres of garbage, thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions, and a mileage total equal to the movement of an army.

The most conservative assessment of the flights being taken by its superstars is that they are flying an extraordinary 222,623.63 miles between them to get to the various concerts - nearly nine times the circumference of the world. The true environmental cost, as they transport their technicians, dancers and support staff, is likely to be far higher.

The total carbon footprint of the event, taking into account the artists' and spectators' travel to the concert, and the energy consumption on the day, is likely to be at least 31,500 tonnes of carbon emissions, according to John Buckley of Carbonfootprint.com, who specialises in such calculations.

Throw in the television audience and it comes to a staggering 74,500 tonnes. In comparison, the average Briton produces ten tonnes in a year.

The concert will also generate some 1,025 tonnes of waste at the concert stadiums - much of which will go directly into landfill sites.

Moreover, the pop stars headlining the concerts are the absolute antithesis of the message they promote - with Madonna leading the pack of the worst individual rock star polluters in the world.

Sepermodel Kate Moss, another profligate polluter through her use of private jets, is producing a T-shirt for the event. Yet, Gore is touting the concerts as 'carbon neutral'. So how can that be?

Let us start with some facts. Worldwide, an audience of around 1,268,500 is expected to attend the concerts - making it one of the largest global events in history.

Dr Andrea Collins, an expert in sustainability from Cardiff University, has researched the impact of such mass gatherings on the environment.

"An event of this size at Wembley - which holds 65,000 at a rock concert, will generate around 59 tonnes of waste," she says. "That is largely composed of the rubbish from food and drink consumption."

She found that a Wembley-sized football match generated an 'ecological footprint' of 3,000 global hectares - an area the size of 4,166 football pitches. This is the amount of bioproductive land required to absorb the C02 emissions produced by such an event.
Oops! It's so good, I swiped it. You should read the whole article, though.

This is a short post. It's very hot today and I have to water my lawn. Could it be global warming? Probably, the global warming we get every year in Michigan in July and August. We also get global cooling in December and January, all man-made I'm sure. Climate change, you know.

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4 Comments:

At 11:40 AM, Blogger jennifer said...

Harry it is global warming here too! We will be driving our F250 around today, and probably the Ford escort(oldest son) and I need to water also.

I also run my dryer occasionally, and never recycle...the city cats will get in any trash can left out back, so I opt to carry out to the large bin in the alley and send to the dump.

Oh and I have 3 teen age sons that contribute large amounts to the methane problem.

I do not know how I can sleep at night, hopefully(certainly if Dems elected) I will be fined for such atrocious behavior.

Now for these kind endearing souls and their attempt to save the planet from poor folk like me, go over to gatewaypundit.blogspot.com and see the homes that the people in the concert live in!

Oh how pompous of these liberals to believe that we as man have much of any impact! Especially when they do not live the way they speak, thus implying as to exactly what this is ...a money scam for the nation to go green!(OOPS the world)

Great post again!

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger Harry said...

Yeah, it's funny how these rich brainless idiots want us to conserve until it hurts (and thanks to liberal environmental policies, gas prices are hurting plenty) while they live in houses as large as a small town. However, I would be careful around that teenage methane. That may have been the real cause of the explosion that destroyed the karaoke bar.

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

I heard that the Live Earth concert in Johannesburg had a poor attendance due to the first snowfall in 25 years!! Global warming! Look the concert is already working.

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger Harry said...

Either the concert is working or Al Gore's carbon credits are taking effect.

 

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