Catastrophic Impact of Volcano Ash on Europe and the Implications for Global Warming Zealots

April 17, 2010

Over the past few days, a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano has stopped air travel in most of Europe. This is biggest disruption to travel in Europe since World War 2.

The effects of this volcanic eruption and the lingering ash over Europe where completely unexpected. Airlines face serious losses not covered by insurance. Millions of passengers worldwide are stranded. There are reports of travelers running out of life-saving medications.

Volcanoes historically have had major effects on climate and human civilization. Volcanoes release sulfur dioxide which causes increased reflection of sunlight. Large volcanic eruptions have cooled global climate. Watts Up With That? reports on a study linking an eruption of Indonesia’s Krakatoa volcano in 535 AD with agricultural collapse leading to the world’s decline into the Dark Ages.

The Icelandic volcano eruption illustrates the hubris of global warming zealots who focus on one variable – increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions due to our civilization’s advances and ignores all the other complex factors that affect climate and the stability of human civilization. They manipulate historical temperature records, record temperatures in locations affected by urban heat islands, ignore the Earth’s mechanisms to absorb CO2, dismiss solar activity and never mention the Earth geothermal processes that cause volcanoes to erupt periodically.

The Iceland volcano demonstrates the folly of global warming zealots trying to predict how climate will affect us 100 years in the future. A single event, unanticipated just a few days ago, can cause serious harm, but they believe that they can predict effects decades and centuries in the future and that, if we agree to their drastic limitations on human freedom, we can change the future in predictable ways and “save the planet.”

The London Times explains why air planes cannot fly: “The ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is dangerous to planes because the molten rock erupts through the glacier, solidifies and then shatters into tiny fragments. The smallest are carried high into the atmosphere and cannot be detected by radar or other aircraft instruments.”

It is unclear how long this disruption will last. The Time reports that some travelers have been told that they won’t be able to get home until next month.

Many countries in Europe have been affected by the recession more severely than the United States. This is no surprise since they have had socialist governments of the type Obama wants to impose on America for the past fifty years. If the Iceland volcano continues to stop air travel, it could seriously damage Europe’s fragile recovery.

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