The upside to global warming: Eat up and be richer


Mark Landsbaum
Orange Punch
May 31, 2008

Let’s give global warming alarmists the benefit of the doubt, just for argument’s sake. Let’s say it does get warmer over the next 100 years, a couple of degrees or so (Even if it’s cooled for the last 10 and is expected to cool even more the next 10).

A little warming is about what we’ve experienced in the past 100 years, as we’ve distanced ourselves from the ending of the Little Ice Age, which is no doubt the real reason for that tiny upward trend in the first place, rather than your SUV.

What’s most likely to happen with warmer temperatures? Yes, you’re right! There will be more food. Since poverty – and its resulting hunger – are the world’s real number one problems, a little more warmth promises to feed millions more with more plentiful (hence less expensive) food.

Is Al Gore really against doing that?

But there are other great consequences for warmin’ up. This item explains how one man’s grief (Al Gore’s) may just be others’ delight, courtesy News.Scotsman.com:

“RARELY a month goes by without another scientific survey proclaiming that Greenland’s ice sheet is melting faster than previously thought. But for the 56,000 people who live on the giant Arctic island, climate change is now being seen as an opportunity rather than a threat: a passport to prosperity, perhaps even independence.

“The self-governing Danish territory didn’t miss the chance to promote itself on the world stage this week when diplomats from Denmark, Norway, Russia, Canada and the United States gathered in the town of Ilulissat, halfway up the west coast, to discuss competing claims for territory in a region believed to contain a quarter of the world’s un-discovered oil and gas reserves.

” ‘We are the first ones to notice climate changes, so it’s important people co-operate with us,’ said Greenland’s prime minister, Hans Enoksen. ‘We live in the Arctic and are daily users of the natural world, so we feel it’s important we take the natural world and animal life into consideration in our decisions.’

“Few could deny Greenland’s Inuit understand the effects of global warming better than anyone on the planet. They have had a front-row seat to see the glaciers retract and the sea ice thin, altering a traditional way of life that has existed for 3,000 years. But global warming is also heating up the economy.

“The fishing industry, which accounts for almost all of its exports, remains strong. Having opted out of the European Union in 1979, Greenland is not restricted by fishing quotas, and stocks remain healthy. This gives Royal Greenland, the state-owned seafood company, a monopoly in Arctic waters, which are home to some of the world’s finest quality fish.”

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