The following is making the chain email and forum posting rounds. Has anyone seen the claims attributed or verified? (My google-fu fails to find anything like this except as copies in various online forums and I found nothing here on the SDMB.)
The email says:
***Got this in my e-mail today and couldn’t help but get a chuckle out of it. I’ve Snoped it and it does not show up in their database. Most likely this is true:
For all of you out there in America and across the globe who have fought
so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions,
that bogus god you worship named “Climate Change” or “Global Warming”,
there is some really bad news that will be very painful for you to
process. But it is my duty to pass it on to you anyway.
Are you sitting down?
Okay, here’s the bombshell. The current volcanic eruption going on in
Iceland, in it’s first week of spewing volcanic ash, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE
EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on
our planet. Not only that, this single act of God, in it’s first week, has
added emissions to the earth estimated to be 42 times more than can be
corrected by the extreme human regulations proposed for annual
I know, I know… (have a group hug)…it’s very disheartening to
realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished
while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying
fabric grocery bags, sitting up til midnight to finish your kid’s “The
Green Revolution” science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning
supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your
toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, going on vacation
to a city park instead of Yosemite, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle,
replacing all of your $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs…well, all of those things
you have done have all gone down the tubes in just the first week.
The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in the first
week has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil
beast, carbon. And, those hundreds of thousands of American jobs you
helped move to Asia with expensive emissions demands on businesses… you know,
the ones that are creating even more emissions than when they were
creating American jobs, well that must seem really worthwhile now.
I’m so sorry. And I do wish that there was some kind of a silver
lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the brush
fire season across the western U.S.A. will start in about two months and those
fires will negate your efforts to reduce carbon emissions in our world
for the next two years.
So, grab a Coke, give the world a hug, and have nice day!*