Newsweek Disgracefully Links the Mt Everest Tragedy to Rising CO2

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Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism

Its hard to tell if we are witnessing mass climate hysteria, or just loathsome fear mongering to promote a political agenda, but it is oh so predictable, and oh so sickening. Every weather event and every tragedy is now due rising CO2. To paraphrase Dr. Viner, “natural storms and earthquakes are now just a thing of the past”. With the help of a few alarmist scientists, the media bombards us with the meme that “Everything is caused by rising CO2.” Today the Seth Bornstein prize for yellow climate journalism goes to Newsweek.

Last August they tried to infect our psyche’s suggesting the horrific Ebola outbreak was a function of rising CO2 writing, “Ebola and Climate Change: Are Humans Responsible for the Severity of the Current Outbreak?”

This March they hawked the notion that the brutalities of the War in Syria are due to global warming firing off that “Climate Change Helped Create Conditions for War in Syria, Study Suggests.”

Now with tragic deaths from the earthquake-caused avalanche in Nepal, not even the ground we walk on is safe from the devastating effects of climate change, as Newsweek blathers “More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Warn Climate Change Scientists”

“Climate change may play a critical role in triggering certain faults in certain places where they could kill a hell of a lot of people,” says Professor McGuire. Some of his colleagues suspect the process may already have started. “

http://www.newsweek.com/nepal-earthquake-could-have-been-manmade-disaster-climate-change-brings-326017.html

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127 thoughts on “Newsweek Disgracefully Links the Mt Everest Tragedy to Rising CO2

  1. The public are not as stupid as these Newsweek Goebbels-clones imagine. They will realise, and are already realising, the truth that Karl Popper discovered when he turned his attention to Marxism. That is, that a theory that explains everything is the same as a theory that explains nothing.

    • Disgraceful indeed. Two things:
      i) the effect is at most third order, practically unmeasurable.
      ii) the effect is neutral. It causes change; it is as likely to suppress tectonic movement as encourage it.
      These two things show that the article is “lying for Gaia.”

    • This all reminds me of a 2011 paper called “The Psychology of Climate Change Communication: A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public” put out by CRED at Columbia University. It dovetails with the Next Generation Science Standards pushing students to interpret through themes and concepts instead of a built up body of known facts. Ultimately both tie to the behavioral and social science concept that false beliefs grounded in emotion are just as influential on likely behavior as what is true. Manipulative themes like this though can supposedly change the future by altering present behaviors.
      From these media reports to the Pope’s Encyclical to Ban Ki-Moon’s Dignity for All by 2030 to K-12 education ‘reforms’, everything is pushing the same way once accurately understood.

      • Remember that Obama kept pretty quiet about Climate Change BEFORE the election. Back then he was all for clean coal and natural gas being a part of our energy production. I was only after he was assured a second term (and no longer had reelection to consider) that the truth came out. He knew the public in general wouldn’t get behind all this ‘De-Industrialization’ bull, as the midterms showed.

      • schitzree:

        Obama kept pretty quiet about Climate Change BEFORE the election.

        Maybe it was just the media that kept quiet. Obama didn’t.
        Obama has been beating the drum of climate change threat to humanity and promoting counterproductive government action since 2005. (Remember 2009, when the $6 billion “cash for clunkers” program hurt poor people while increasing “carbon pollution?”)
        Here’s a list of his courageous statements in support of saving the planet:
        http://climatesilence.org/data/
        Through executive action, Obama has created “climate change action” groups in every major executive department, enforcing conformance and purveying exaggerations and outright lies to the public.

      • @MarkW: Did they vote for Obama? “Those who cast the votes decide nothing; those who count the votes decide everything.” —J. Stalin
        Back in ’04, a local precinct with electronic voting returned a value of negative 23 million (plus or minus a few) on a local issue. This was clearly computer error. And yet, we can only say it was computer error because the number is ridiculous. What about numbers that looked reasonable — how do we know any of those were not computer error, merely errors with non-ridiculous values?
        After that event failed to trigger a recount of all electronic results, I have not believed any vote count. They tell me to vote because “every vote counts”, and then completely ignore evidence of error, as if to say, “Who cares?”

    • Someone coined the term “Climate Bollocks” which describes this kind of crap perfectly.

      • Or crap.
        The problem in here: rainfall triggers earthquakes, but it is not the reason for them. Now if scientists learn to detect the triggers, that means better preparedness to earthquakes, but it is clear that no amount of CO2 mitigation can stop earthquakes in Nepal.

        “This effect could certainly have made the Nepal earthquake come sooner,” says Professor Roland Burgmann

        The sooner the earthquake comes, the less devastating it becomes.

      • The epicenter for this earthquake was 20 miles down. I doubt rainfall had anything to do with it.

      • The straw on camel’s back is just a straw. Trigger is a trigger, it does not need to be the root cause.

    • The warmists declared some awhile back that the time for civility is past.
      Perhaps we need to take them up on it.

  2. at first i thought it was going to be satire, as insensitive as that might be right now.
    written by Alex Renton,, whose previous Newsweek piece was headlined: “Forget Whisky, Scots Are Producing a New Tipple: Tea” 21 March 2015, so this is surely his LinkedIn:
    LinkedIn: Alex Renton
    Independent Media Production Professional
    Location Edinburgh, UK
    PreviousAvaaz.org, The Independent, London Evening Standard, Oxfam
    Summary
    Newspaper journalist – The Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Mail.
    Specialties: development and aid, food policy, food culture, food history, humanitarian response, food and health, food industry,
    Campaign Director, Avaaz.org 2011-2012
    am an award-winning journalist (2010: Food journalist of the year; runner-up Amnesty award for work on human rights) . I work predominantly on food policy and culture, and on development issues around the world.
    My work appears in the Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Mail and Prospect magazine.
    Reporter, features editor, media and advocacy coordinator
    The Independent, London Evening Standard, Oxfam 1987-2004
    https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/alex-renton/5/90b/208
    how anyone can take the MSM seriously, i don’t know.

    • “Food policy.” Amen.
      This month’s Nat Geo (May 2015, p 12), in a continuing series on food (their desire to have World Government take control of food***), says that due to warming, wheat production in Russia could “decrease up to 15 percent within five years.”
      I don’t think they care what they say. They will dismiss any challenge to their orthodoxy. Saving the world means never having to say you are sorry.
      *** As well as World Government taking over water supply, housing, transportation – actually, everything.

      • A degree or two of warming will lengthen the growing season in Russia, and put millions of acres that are currently to cold to farm into production.
        Then there’s the well known fact that enhanced CO2 increases crop yields.
        For those fields at the southern end of the growing zone, if it’s too warm for wheat, shift to growing something else.

  3. Of course, If the earthquake had occurred in another 20 years, there would have been no ice to create an avalanche. 🙂

    • True, true but does that mean we need to speed up global warming to save lives?
      I’ll include the /sarc tag, though.

  4. If UCL’s Professor Bill McGuire truly believes that CO2 causes earthquakes, perhaps it’s time he resign his professorship. Please get a job in a field that might benefit mankind such as a sanitation engineer or a rickshaw driver…Regards – JPP

  5. “Its hard to tell if we are witnessing mass climate hysteria, or just loathsome fear mongering”
    Not that hard. Loathsome fear mongering is where the careers are.

    • This is one of the worse (worst?) cases of Gaeaphobia I’ve seen.
      Some otherwise intelligent human beings believe they are so evil, they spend their lives absolutely sure Mother Gaea will raise up to get her revenge on them.
      Although, some never recover from it, many with proper treatment can return to productive careers.
      But then, some people are really, really dumb.

  6. As insane as it is the headline is now in the public mind. That is the catastrophe, cynical journalists and underinformed readers.
    This year seems to be an unending tsunami of climate bollocks and now that Il Papa has signed up the circus is complete. We, the climate rationalists, bark but the caravan of collective climate insanity moves on. What a terrifying world of highly motivated ignorance is laying itself out before us.

    • The unending tsunami is due to CO2 and the upcoming Paris vacation for 10,000 free-loaders. It’s going to be a good year for hookers in Paris.

  7. Thank you to “Pat” for the information you provided concerning the so-called “writer” named Alex Renton: his article is ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL.
    His name is now on my list.
    He will now be asked to declare (and pay back) the amount of money(s) he receives from the UK government office, the so-called Dept. of Energy and Climate Change and any of its’ QUANGO offices and agencies in respect of his article.
    The same declaration will also be requested of McGuire, the “professor” at University College London whose writings (“Climate change may play a critical role in triggering certain faults in certain places where they could kill a hell of a lot of people,” says Professor McGuire.) are extremely misleading.
    Thanks to Mr. Watts and his people at WUWT we are kept informed of these atrocious writings: they are all funded by government and the UN Gravy Train thieves.
    The money paid by the UK government to the UN Gravy Train thieves must be stopped.
    The writings Renton and McGuire are ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL.

  8. [SNIP ok konrad, that does it, I have been tolerant, but with this ugly comment, advocating not just dersion, but also assault, you are banned from WUWT – Anthony Watts ]

  9. The lamestream snooze media continue to gleefully dig their own graves with this sort of pap. Amazing.

  10. Thanks Jim, too true, unfortunately.
    How did McGuire become a “professor”?
    Professor of what?
    Crap?

  11. As one commenter on Newsweek observes, “criminal level exaggeration”.
    A junction of two plates that has over time elevated the highest mountains on the planet.
    Strong and very shallow quake. It is easy to see why most of these buildings collapsed, and yet a surprising number intact or only superficially damaged. It can be done. But $1 billion a day being spent on the climate fantasy.

  12. Blaming every catastrophe on something that involves self-blame is not a very big leap from making sacrifices to the gods to prevent them.
    We have gone full circle.

    • Imran,
      Sir, it is no distance at all.
      And the sacrificees, those that will be sacrificed, are many of the poor, especially the old and poor [in UK winters, they have a choice of heating OR eating, since power prices have risen to support ‘renewable energy’ – bird shredders, bird fryers, hydro is banned(!), and a bit of solar . . . . in England, and points north and cloudier]; much of the Third World, who are to be denied power at all, since the coal-powered stations they need are denied to them – they must have renewable immediately; and anyone with an independent mind, whose children – if I remember the video aright – are to have their heads exploded.
      Oh and nukes – even the new-fangled ones – are anathema, worse than d3n1al1sts.
      And the truly demonstrable Gods of the Climate will bring down derision, or, worse, carp, on the heads of the ‘doubters’.
      See, also,
      doowleb
      April 29, 2015 at 6:35 am
      {Very near the top, above] – that, I think, is +shedloads & shedloads
      Auto

  13. I can understand the effect.
    It is coupled to a wast interest in the “Climate change” and money that is found to any cause that might have a negative effect on humans.

  14. So, two tectonic plates weighing billions of tons have been moving towards each other for billions of years, folding the overlying rocks into the Himalayas with the highest being over 29,000 feet. The cause of this is AGW ? Desperate, deluded idiots looking desperately for ways to maintain the scam which provides them with food clothing and a roof over their head which is more than the poor souls in Nepal have.

    • Well, actually the plates have been moving about for billions of years. However the Himalayas were formed about 60 million years ago as the Indian subcontinent slammed into Asia. A process which is still ongoing. One would naturally expect to see earthquakes in the region today. CO2 has nothing to do with. Prof. McGuire is patently WRONG!

  15. I watched the baytvliverpool clip featuring “Professor” McGuire. What a bloody loon.
    Frankly, I think the people responsible for this sort of brainless, alarmist filth are about on a moral par with the creeps from man-boy love association type outfits.

  16. Seriously, do these people actually read their own alarmism?
    I ask because as I read the quote, I started to feel a little embarrassed that such a learned person could say something as stupid.
    This piece of twittery alone should move another umpteen thousand back from the dark side and into the realms of commonsense.
    A quick glance at the comments show that people simply are not wearing these rediculous opportunistic alarmism after farts.

  17. It’s not premeditated fear mongering or mass hysteria. Outlets, like Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg, … are now on a par with TMZ. They have immature editorial staffs, they think news needs to be “cutting edge.” They buy into narratives before they look for the facts. Newhouse, Murrow, Pulitzer are looking at it from the beyond and cringing violently.

  18. This story has to be a hoax, and one in very poor taste at that. It seems Bill McGuire has built a career out of his headline-grabbing nonsense. But the schoolboy howlers in Renton’s report are too many and too evident for this to be anything but a sad attempt to sucker Newsweek’s remnant readership. Just consider the Mt. Pavlov claims, as one example. McGuire falsely states that the volcano erupts only in autumn and winter, yet the last three eruptions have commenced in August 2007, May 2013 and May 2014. He then ascribes these “winter” eruptions to the 10-15 cm seasonal rise in sea level caused by low pressure systems. It seems not to have occurred to the professor, or the ever-credulous Alex Renton, that this effect does nothing more than nullify the cause as far as crustal loading is concerned, but of course climate science does not admit to negative feedbacks. Nor would a climate zealot pay heed to more frequent and mundane variations in loading such as oceanic and crustal tides, (out of phase by a few hours), pressure systems and storms. We could also consider glacial rebound and even plate boundary convergence, but how trivial are these compared with the baleful outcomes of human existence.

  19. Newsweek profiting from the misery and suffering of real people.
    Doubtless Newsweek is making a substantial donation to the Red Cross.
    /Snark

  20. “More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Warn Climate Change Scientists”
    I could safely make that prediction……………… and I’m just a plumber

  21. … and the Iranian mullahs claim earthquakes are caused by “female immodesty” such as women showing some hair or a bit of ankle. The competition among the crazies is tough.

  22. Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog and commented:
    Perhaps Professor McGuire could explain the previous fault ruptures?
    Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck to the north-west of Kathmandu
    The last time the fault ruptured at this location was in back in 1344
    It was preceded in 1255 by a big event to the east of Kathmandu
    The last rupture there was in 1934, hinting strain might accumulate westward
    2015’s quake follows the pattern with a gap between events of 80 years or so
    When Bollinger and his colleagues saw this historic pattern of events, they became greatly concerned.
    “We could see that both Kathmandu and Pokhara would now be particularly exposed to earthquakes rupturing the main fault, where it likely last did in 1344, between the two cities,” 

    Disgraceful but don’t wait for the climate vultures to call the the Professor or Newsweek out.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32472310

  23. How was the earthquake count in the 30s and 40s when (we will rediscover after the climate mess is re-corrected) it was as warm or warmer than now?

  24. Just checking on McGuire’s claim that Mt Pavlof only erupts in autumn and winter; Wikipedia (confirmed by other sources BTW) has this to say:
    “Pavlof Volcano is a stratovolcano of the Aleutian Range on the Alaska Peninsula. It has been one of the most active in the United States since 1980, with eruptions recorded in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986–1988, 1996–1997, August 15 to September 13, 2007, May 13 to August 8, 2013, and most recently May 31, 2014 and continuing as of June 3, 2014.”
    There was also a minor event in December 2014. It would seem that Pavlof can actually erupt at any time of the year and that Professor McGuire is not averse to telling porkies if they will support and advance his pet hypothetical biases.

  25. When do these type of quotes by “scientists” get defined for what they are — “scientific malpractice”. Where is the shame from the rest of the scientific community?
    It seems peer review is fundamentally broken.

    • Quote: I read this piece by Dr. Tim Daughtry titled “Calling for a true conservative strategy” from Feb 4. 2013 today, and thought: What would our country look like if we simply capitulated to the far-left and let them win?
      Daughtry has a line in the piece which is tragically accurate:
      “The strategy (of the far-left) was one of immersion more than conversion. It was not necessary to convert students or consumers of news to leftist thinking; it was only necessary to surround them with liberalism as if there were no other respectable way of thinking. While conservatives were focused on winning the next election, the left focused on winning the next generation. And they are succeeding.”
      Their “immersion” strategy has been a tremendous success. It has changed the debate landscape by altering the playing field from one where two different ideological belief systems competed against one another (individual liberty and limited government vs. heavy-handed rule by government elites), to one where heavy-handed government intervention in our lives is accepted as “the norm,” and arguing against big government makes you an “extremist” or something far worse in the eyes of the cultural “elites.” Unquote
      https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2015/04/what-would-the-country-look-like-if-the-far-left-won

  26. Newsweek was heralding the science of an impending new ice age in the 1970s. Of course the journalists of that time have died or retired. I predict a mass extinction of all these antediluvian rags.

  27. Earthquakes and volcanoes are the price we pay for residing on a planet with life. Eliminate continental drift, volcanoes, and earthquakes, and you get dead Mars..

  28. Hey. Not so “news” weak. I quit smoking because of CO2, and my house plants love it! /sarc
    Was talking to a gal yesterday who was so upset that plants were using OXYGEN and expelling CO2. She wanted to remove all plants. I asked her if she was just stupid, or had mental problems. Said she learned it in school. This is what passes for school these days? I’m 57, and that’s not even close. We are down the hoops of the crapper. Good grief. Ask any farmer. Plants need and love CO2, and after they are done photosynthesing(sp?) it, they release O2. Time to get a rocket launcher.

  29. Seven Years to Save the Planet, author Bill McGuire, published 2008. 2008+7=2015…Ummm? Slight miscalculation, perhaps?

  30. Is there some payola system for publishers to engage in this crazy ant tactic? I’m seeing it develop and expand with local publications as well, starting with a few ridiculous stories, then interview question inserts on unrelated topics, etc. etc. It looks planned and monetized in addition to being obviously dumb.

    • Yes, there is a payloa system, it’s called “checkout sales.” National Enquirer started it with those catchy headlines like “Marilyn Monroe is Alive and Living in Toledo!” Now once legit pubs are doing it to slow their ascent to financial doom.

      • No, I was thinking of a type of street money payola like spreading the wealth even among very low volume media outlets. It would be like an ad placement without identifying it as such.

  31. I have a limerick that I feel is applicable:
    Authority figures, foretelling
    Hot doom (and our “myths” dispelling),
    Cast great dispersions
    On skeptical versions
    (Which keep carbon credits from selling)!
    Now, shriller and louder they’re yelling,
    To drown out the doubters’ rebelling!
    New taxes are “just”
    (When you’ve gained public trust),
    So “the questioners” (quickly) they’re quelling.
    I’ve arrived at the realization
    That industrial civilization
    Is only a sin
    If the green leftists win,
    On their platform of demonization!
    Apologies if you’ve already seen it.

  32. “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
    Rahm Emanuel

  33. Totally ludicrous BS. NewsWeek is now on par with those cheesy magazines you see in the grocery store checkout lines. I sincerely doubt the American public is as stupid as these magazines thing people are. Stop buying the product, the brand withers and dies.

  34. The print version of Newsweek went out of business several years ago. In its death throes it solicited “guest editors” like Colbert, which went over like you’d expect. I wasn’t aware it even existed online; its digital branch is Daily Beast. The kind of reader that believes plate tectonics are driven by atmospheric gases. That’s what they’re left with.

  35. Quote: I read this piece by Dr. Tim Daughtry titled “Calling for a true conservative strategy” from Feb 4. 2013 today, and thought: What would our country look like if we simply capitulated to the far-left and let them win?
    Daughtry has a line in the piece which is tragically accurate:
    “The strategy (of the far-left) was one of immersion more than conversion. It was not necessary to convert students or consumers of news to leftist thinking; it was only necessary to surround them with liberalism as if there were no other respectable way of thinking. While conservatives were focused on winning the next election, the left focused on winning the next generation. And they are succeeding.”
    Their “immersion” strategy has been a tremendous success. It has changed the debate landscape by altering the playing field from one where two different ideological belief systems competed against one another (individual liberty and limited government vs. heavy-handed rule by government elites), to one where heavy-handed government intervention in our lives is accepted as “the norm,” and arguing against big government makes you an “extremist” or something far worse in the eyes of the cultural “elites.” Unquote
    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2015/04/what-would-the-country-look-like-if-the-far-left-won

  36. Oh, this is news to me………that Newsweek still exists. Or is it just an online group still using the old name under license? They set the record for longest credibility decline, since at least the 70s.

  37. Fault movement can also release huge volumes of CO2 if prior policy programs had put it there over the years in sequester storage sites. Blame it on George Bush if anything happens later.

  38. “Climate change may play a critical role in triggering certain faults in certain places where they could kill a hell of a lot of people,”says Professor McGuire
    Well wait a minute there.
    Apparently the professor is suggesting that before the IPCC, climate and earthquakes never killed anyone.
    In which case this incontrovertible evidence casts suspicion on the IPCC as the ultimate cause of climate and earthquake related fatalities.
    My silly hyperbole aside, McGuire’s hyperbole is just as silly except he is peddling it as serious science. Simply horrible behavior, and of course the idiots at Newsweek ready to lap it up.

  39. And there it is!
    I was just remarking that some disingenuous Libtard was bound to tie earthquake deaths in Nepal to ACO2, sooner or later…
    And there it is!

  40. Do realize the importance that the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx of Giza is a clock counting down the precession of the Earth?

    • The heart of the Sphinx indicates the brightest star in the constellation Leo in the period of construction.

  41. From the Newsweek story
    “It sounds like a pitch for a Hollywood apocalypse-fest – indeed the movie 2012 featured the Earth’s crust collapsing after a rapid heating of the Earth’s core. The mechanism here is rather more mundane, though potentially no less devastating.”
    Climate change can be no less devastating than the spontaneous collapsing of the Earth’s crust depicted in the movie 2012? Its hard to believe anybody at Newsweek read this article before it went out. How can anybody read that and think “Yep, that’s good journalism, lets print it!” Even for a tabloid that is absurd.

    • It’s not journalism or a proofing problem if instead it is a type of ad placement like Google charges for banners and other ads. It is more of an eyeball count than journalism. It’s the new normal. Truth is a page hit rate rather than a hard item like the old definition.

  42. Since satellite measurements from RSS show the global average temperature now is essentially the same as it was 18 years ago, shouldn’t they be saying that the LACK of climate change caused the earthquake?

  43. Okay, so the climate change payola is now strictly paying for media placements by volume with no regard to reality. It was half detached from reality before but the business model and incentive program were changed.

  44. Somehow I was half-expecting that some idiot would blame this tragedy on CO². Everything from broken fingernails to cars that won’t start have been blamed on it, so what can we expect.
    On the other hand, Nepal is home to the largest mountains on Earth (save for one), so the geology that formed those mountains is gonna do a little movin’ and shakin’ once in a while.
    Why is it so hard for those science-deficient journalists, erm, presstitutes to understand?
    OK, follow the money…..
    Thoughts and prayers to the victims, in any case. Also that the aid gets to those who need it most quickly and without any extra hands in the till…..

  45. What is the transit time for a one degree temperature rise through 15km of rock?
    My WAG is in the thousands of years. So this quake may have been triggered by the ice age ending 11 K years ago. Or it was the result of seismic strain due to the collision of India with Asia.
    Question: Since when is the activity portrayed in this video considered science?

  46. The earthquake in Nepal on 2015-04-25 at 06:11:26 (UTC) at Lamjung, Nepal. The epicenter was 28.147°N 84.708°E. and the center of the quake was 15Km under that point. The quake was assigned a magnitude of 7.8 and released approximately 32 PJ of energy.
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20002926#general_summary
    15 Km under the earth’s surface the rock has a temperature of approximately 375°C.
    How anything occurring in the atmosphere could affect that situation is not apparent. Allow me to posit that there is no plausible physical theory that could connect climate to events that deep at those temperatures.

  47. It is most unfortunate even the print and electronic media is publishing such trash. This story was published in Indian media.
    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

    • Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.
       —H. L. Mencken

  48. McGuire, who clearly should not be a professor, has stated that sceptics are similar to holocaust deniers. As well as disgusting, his comment is anti-science. The whole basis of science is scepticism – take nobody’s word is the ancient motto of the Royal Society – or it was before the climate loons took the Society over.
    As far as I’m aware, the historical global earthquake data, corrected for reporting bias, shows no overall trend. If this is so, then McGuire is talking poisonous nonsense.
    Also, the earthquake that occurred in the early 20th century was more powerful than the recent one and it killed 10,000. There is also a possible 70 year cycle of massive earthquakes in the area, so it was a disaster waiting to happen. Sadly, the current number of deaths may reach 10,000 but no doubt the modern population is much higher.
    As always, many of the victims were killed by poverty, as the buildings were hopelessly inadequate. And yet extremists like McGuire are the very ones who want to ensure the developing world is kept in poverty by pushing up the cost of energy.
    It’s not just bad and corrupt science. It’s immoral. It’s a crime against humanity. People like McGuire are literally using terror to push their extremist green views. Of course, there’s a name for people who use terror to further their own interests….
    Chris

  49. In other words, if you drive an SUV, you just killed all those poor people in Nepal. My GOD! How can academic research sustain this level of crazy? I have very little faith in modern high school graduates, but won’t even they eventually twig to this crap and drift away from these kinds of professors?

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