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Very shortly after hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, I was watching TV. On the BBC, the news anchorman Alastair Yates interviewed a former advisor of the first president Bush, and succinctly asked him if he did not consider that it was about time for the U.S. to reconsider its policy towards the Kyoto Protocol due to how natural disasters, increased in frequency and destructiveness, were actually hurting the world's economy.
The other guy - the advisor - using a patch in his eye - literally - said that such was not the case, and proposed instead that global warming could actually be good for all of us because the melting of glaciers would leave more fertile soil for agricultural deeds, and some collateral damage produced by our world getting hotter and more tropical would be 'easily manageable', like an expected increase by the millions in the cases of malaria.
He also cited the case of Greenland, and how climate change there during the middle ages did not pose a catastrophic danger for the world. Moreover, he used the case of Greenland to show how when there are no glaciers, you have more cultivable land because before the cooling down of the biggest island in the world there were indeed, Norse farmers living there.
In my opinion, this 'sage' is a perfect example of the kind of human beasts that the U.S. Government should put in a private zoo if it wants to recover some degree of respect and credibility around the world, for epidemics are nothing to be 'managed' but eradicated, and what he said about Greenland is totally ludicrous, so it is really hard to believe and awesome that nations can in fact be administered with the pieces of advice that such mean can vociferate from time to time.
You just have to look at what is left after a glacier melts and vanishes to deduce that this man did not a bit of what hew was talking about: below glaciers there is no humus for farmers, but hard rock and thousands of tons of rocks; you will not find the Argentine pampas there.
And regarding Greenland, while it is true that there were settlers there until the fifteenth century, that fellow is reversing the facts, because they actually vanished never to return because of a climate change that cooled down the place until it was left almost completely uninhabitable, even for the hardened and well-seasoned Norse.
Indeed, a little bit of malaria would not wipe humanity, but would he like to get it? And then again, bubonic plague was manageable during the middle ages too… until it almost wiped out the entire population of Europe, during the fourteenth century.
Good wagers and gamblers know that you cannot bet on what you cannot afford to loose; that's the mother of all rules for playing in a casino and saves a lot of trouble for those who follow it, so perhaps we should use it also in our world, whenever we feel tempted to confront financial greed with our environment.
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