Manbearpig and Neptune

Jeff Poor at NewsBusters shares with us the tragic account of Vagania Monologue creator Eve Ensler appearing on Joy Behar’s show on the 8th. These two fine, well-educated, progressive women took the opportunity to slam Sarah Palin.

Behar opens:

“Back with me is a woman who has done more for the vagina than the Brazilian wax – the talented Eve Ensler,” Behar said. “You know, I must talk about Sarah Palin quickly with you because you do mention her in one monologue in the book. And you say a woman running for U.S. vice president believes in creationism but not global warming. What were you driving at there? May I ask?”

Poor continues:

Ensler took the global warming opening and ran with it, but probably should have exercised better judgment. She took a shot at Palin’s anthropogenic skepticism, either by mistake or by exhibiting a total ignorance of natural disasters, by suggesting Palin look at “earthquakes and tsunamis” if she needed to evidence (emphasis added):

ENSLER: Well, I just think the idea that she doesn’t believe in global warming is bizarre.
BEHAR: Every scientist at every note believes in it but Sarah Palin doesn’t believe in it.
ENSLER: And I think we just kind of have to walk around the world at this point and look at what is happening to nature and earthquakes and tsunamis.

First off, I’d like to note the pseudo-religious condescension in the statement “I just think the idea that she doesn’t believe in global warming is bizarre.” The evidence has been piling up against AGW for some time, and even more evidence has uncovered concerted efforts to shore up evidence for AGW and suppress evidence against it.  But for the Left, merely disagreeing with the party line is ground for questioning your sanity.

But of course, the real issue here is more obvious and more disturbing. This woman cites earthquakes and tsunamis as evidence of global warming. As Poor reminds us:
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), earthquakes are a phenomenon of “sudden rolling or shaking events caused by movement under the Earth’s surface,” not the earth’s atmosphere which concerns the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
The effort to equate earthquakes with global warming has actually been around for a while. After the South Asia tsunami in 2004, claims were heard floating around the internets that the quake that caused the tsunami was a result of global warming. (Of course, other claims held that the Jews caused the quake, or that the US caused it by either using nuclear weapons to drill for oil or in a test of a secret earthquake weapon. The latter was recently repeated by Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro in regards to the Haiti quake.)
But here’s what really counts. These women are attempting to portray Sarah Palin as stupid because she does not believe in a phenomenon that is not supported by scientific evidence. To support their claim, they make statements that show their complete ignorance of geology and meteorology by implying a connection between atmospheric phenomena and tectonic activity. Who are we supposed to believe is stupid here?
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