Thursday, February 22, 2007

Scientists Prepare for Global Warming Catastrophe

This is a little dated, but I haven't seen much mention of it, so here it is.

Agence France-Presse reported February 8, 2007, on the latest attempts by global warming alarmists to save the planet.

An Arctic "doomsday vault" aimed at providing mankind with food in case of a global catastrophe will be designed to sustain the effects of climate change, the project's builders said as they unveiled the architectural plans.

The top-security repository, carved into the permafrost of a mountain in the remote Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole, will preserve some three million batches of seeds from all known varieties of the planet's crops.

The seed samples, such as wheat and potatoes, will be stored in two chambers located deep inside a mountain, accessed by a 120-meter (395-foot) tunnel. The tunnel and vaults will be excavated by boring and blasting techniques and the rock walls sprayed with concrete.

The vault is situated about 130 meters (426 feet) above current sea level. It would not flood if Greenland's ice sheet melts, which some estimate would increase sea levels by seven meters (23 feet).

It is also expected to be safe if the ices of Antarctica completely melt, which experts say could increase sea levels by 61 meters (200 feet).

So, if Antarctica melts twice, it would still be safe. That's good. The only thing is that Antarctic ice is getting thicker.

And what kind of environmental damage are these scientists doing, with all their blasting and drilling and pouring concrete? They get mad when Republicans suggest drilling for oil in ANWR, but they're willing to drive all over the permafrost, putting in roads for heavy equipment, frightening all the wildlife in the area with all the explosions and jack-hammering. And for what? Because maybe, someday, in a thousand years, Antarctica might melt or Greenland might melt, and Malibu might get washed away?

If Greenland melts, we can plant crops there. We can move to Canada and raise cattle around Hudson Bay. We can do a lot of things, just not in the same places we do them now.

If they want to build this catastrophe repository, fine, as long as they shut up about the environmental damage drilling in ANWR might cause. But we don't really need to save all the seeds just because of global warming. We're grownups. We can adapt.

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