Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Blame Game

Latin American politics have always been interesting. The new breed of left wing leaders are no exception. So it is no surprise that Bolivia's Evo Morales has blamed recent flooding on global warming and therefore has accused the developed countries of causing the deaths and damage.

Countries that straddle the Andes have too often experienced natural disasters, simply due to the nature of the terrain, but now there is a new scapegoat.

And a side effect. While it is very likely, almost 100% certain, that international aid would be forthcoming anyway, Morales puts a new sense of moral urgency into the equation. Global warming blackmail has been used before (in the Maldives, for example) and we can expect to hear about it a lot more in the future.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

go n get fuked, ur completly wrong, u have no science behind ur statments. ur going against thousands of the worlds top scientists(ipcc)


thanks for making the world a worse place dikhead

12:52 PM  
Blogger Focalplane said...

Wow! With spelling like that are you sure you understand what all the world's (sic) top scientists are actually saying to you?

Just so you know, 'fuked' has the correct spelling of 'fucked'. And 'dikhead' has a 'c' in it. But at least you can spell 'anonymous'. Thanks for the response!

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Jay Alt said...

The Bolivian president won't prove the origin of floods and seems unlikely to collect anything.

But tropical diseases like malaria are showing up at altitudes at which they formerly were never encountered. This has been repeatedly linked to rising temperatures.

For example - Global warming: enough to make you sick. LA Times Feb 25, 2007

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-sci-disease25feb25,1,423409.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

7:18 PM  
Blogger Focalplane said...

Jay, thanks for your contribution! I agree that Malaria should be the number one global problem yet few people are talking about it. Ironically DDT was on its way to eliminating malaria but it also introduced terrible side effects that made it unacceptable. What the world needs is a new, safe version of DDT but I don't see it happening anytime soon. Other priorities include safe drinking water and a cure for AIDS.

Attempting to control the climate isn't going to help any of these problems. The easiest way to overcome change is to adapt.

11:59 PM  

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