Thursday, October 08, 2009
Reference: Volcanoes stirred by climate change, Bangkok Post, October 7, 2009
Vulcanologists, apparently eager to tap into the mother lode of research funding available for climate change, are eager to look into the idea that global warming could increase volcanic activity and volcanic activity in turn could cause more global warming (Volcanoes stirred by climate change, Bangkok Post, October 7, 2009). "I don't think we should be scaremongering" they said and then went right ahead with the scary albeit hypothetical proposition that if such a non-linear relationship existed between volcanoes and global warming then the climate change Armageddon predicted by the warmists would be that much worse and would happen that much quicker. They point out that as of now they have no data and will need lots of money to gather data because gathering data from volcanoes is dangerous. However, there is a danger that the vulcanologists may unwittingly throw a monkey wrench into the basic global warming hypothesis for if they end up showing that volcanic activity causes climate change, it could undermine the rationale for the war against carbon dioxide. To maximize research funding they might wish to emphasize the first relationship - that global warming causes increased volcanic activity - and not interfere with the something in which "the science is settled" and for which there is "scientific consensus".