March 05, 2010

Global Warming Scientists Scramble to Find Way To Blame Man for Earth's Methane Release

I can only imagine that Phil Jones, Algore, and the rest of the anthropogenic global warming fetishists are wracking their brains to find a way to blame mankind for this discovery:

Vast amounts of methane are bubbling up from the East Siberian sea, raising fears of a massive hike in global warming.

Permafrost in the seabed has been previously assumed to act as an effective cap for the enormous amount of methane in the area.

But researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences, the University of Alaska and Stockholm University have found that eight million tonnes of methane are currently leaking into the atmosphere every year.

"The amount of methane currently coming out of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf is comparable to the amount coming out of the entire world's oceans," said Shakhova, a researcher at UAF's International Arctic Research Center. "Subsea permafrost is losing its ability to be an impermeable cap."

The problem with this discovery is two-fold for the AGW Truthers.

First, the role of methane release in triggering previous warming periods is well documented, and the continuing release would seem to provide a far more likely explanation for any warming that may have occurred or which may occur in the near future than the anthropogenic argument.

Second, the release of the discovery comes at a time when the anthropogenic warming supporter are reeling under a continuous stream of revelations that have undermined the credibility of the "settled science" itself and many of the scientists/officials involved.

The great fear for anthropogenic warming supporters isn't that the world may be warming, but that they won't be able to find a way to profit from it, financially, or politically.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 5, 2010 10:16 AM

Oh Oh

It might get as warm as the Medevial Warm Period was!

Posted by: Rick at March 5, 2010 03:56 PM

Worse yet, with average global temperatures tumbling at the same time as huge amounts of additional methane are being released into the atmosphere, that kinda blows the entire greenhouse gas hypothesis to hell and back.

A few weeks back there were studies released showing that changing CO2 levels weren't having an impact on reflection of infrared radiation. Now we find that a huge flood of methane did nothing to increase temperatures. So much for the greenhouse fable, time for the climate scientologists to go back to rent-seeking school.

Posted by: Junk Science Skeptic at March 5, 2010 07:02 PM

Author John Barnes wrote a novel, 'Mother of Storms' back in the 90's about a massive methane release in the Arctic caused by....the UN! You get a giant hurricane in the Pacific that spawns daughters all over the place and the only hope for salvation is a US astronaut. :)

A little dated in the tech area but still a really fun read!

Posted by: tps at March 6, 2010 10:18 AM

A few weeks back there were studies released showing that changing CO2 levels weren't having an impact on reflection of infrared radiation.

CO2's GHG effect isn't linear (something the media INVARIABLY FAILS to mention). It follows a logarithmic curve instead, and we're well off the steep vertical part and well onto where it starts to flatten out. So, at this point, even largish increases (a doubling or tripling) in CO2 concentrations would have only small very incremental (possibly so small as to not be discernible from noise) effect.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 7, 2010 11:57 AM