Don't Fly Ryan Air

With a man this ignorant [Michael O’Leary] heading up an airline I wouldn’t feel safe in his aircraft.

In an interview with The Independent littered with expletives, the chief executive of Europe’s largest airline branded the scientific consensus that man-made pollution is heating up the planet with potentially grave consequences for the future of humanity as “horseshit”.

He agreed the climate was changing but denied it was caused by man-made emissions of carbon dioxide, such as those from his planes. “Nobody can argue that there isn’t climate change. The climate’s been changing since time immemorial,” he said.

“Do I believe there is global warming? No, I believe it’s all a load of bullshit. But it’s amazing the way the whole fucking eco-warriors and the media have changed. It used to be global warming, but now, when global temperatures haven’t risen in the past 12 years, they say ‘climate change’.”

“Well, hang on, we’ve had an ice age. We’ve also had a couple of very hot spells during the Middle Ages, so nobody can deny climate change. But there’s absolutely no link between man-made carbon, which contributes less than 2pc of total carbon emissions [and climate change].”

He suggested scientists had invented and perpetuated the theory in order to gain research grants. “Scientists argue there is global warming because they wouldn’t get half of the funding”

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Mrs. O’ Leary’s cow has been unfairly blamed as the cause of the great Chicago Fire but if Mr. O ‘Leary’s idiocy spreads it will surely be the cause of a much greater catastrophe.

For more, see Climate Progress, including this comment:

Tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in northwest Alaska because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted.

Federal scientists say this massive move to shore by walruses is unusual in the United States. But it has happened at least twice before, in 2007 and 2009. In those years Arctic sea ice also was at or near record low levels.

The walruses “stretch out for one mile or more. This is just packed shoulder-to-shoulder,” U.S. Geological Survey biologist Anthony Fischbach said in a telephone interview from Alaska. He estimated their number at tens of thousands.