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  1. Standard member Blackamp
    Death
    17 Apr '10 15:20
    for irresponsibly not preventing their volcano from erupting at a time when the world economic recovery is still precarious. after all, the eruption of a volcano is a foreseeable event. yet they chose to do nothing. just like the Pompeiians and look what happened to them. but at least there was no airspace to shut down back then. Iceland should compensate European countries who economies get damaged by their dust cloud, dammit.
  2. 17 Apr '10 16:41
    Originally posted by Blackamp
    for irresponsibly not preventing their volcano from erupting at a time when the world economic recovery is still precarious. after all, the eruption of a volcano is a foreseeable event. yet they chose to do nothing. just like the Pompeiians and look what happened to them. but at least there was no airspace to shut down back then. Iceland should compensate European countries who economies get damaged by their dust cloud, dammit.
    Why are you merely focused on the eonomic impact? What about the psychologic impact? Those poor people in Europe look out their windows and what do they see? They see overcast skies and no sun shine resulting in increased level of depression.
  3. 17 Apr '10 16:47
    Since volcanos emit between 130 to 230 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, compared to a mere 27 billion tons via human activity, I think it high time to impose severe cap and trade restrictions on countries with volcanic activity.
  4. 17 Apr '10 19:25 / 1 edit
    The US needs to look into this volcano thing and see if we can't develop our own volcanoes as a weapon of some sort before we fall behind in the volcano race.
  5. 19 Apr '10 20:06 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by whodey
    Since volcanos emit between 130 to 230 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, compared to a mere 27 billion tons via human activity, I think it high time to impose severe cap and trade restrictions on countries with volcanic activity.
    Actually - maybe we should encourage countries with volcanoes to make them to erupt as a way to promoting global cooling. Maybe we in the US could do our share by stirring up Mt St Helens.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36556083

    Longer term, sulfur from volcanoes has the potential to cool the Earth. Sulfur reacts with water in the air to form sulfuric acid droplets that reflect sunlight hitting Earth, thus blocking some rays. The reduction in sunlight can reduce temperatures for a year or so, until the droplets fall out of the atmosphere. Indeed, Pinatubo is known to have cooled the planet by 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Some experts advocate the deliberate injection of sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere in a "geoengineering" short cut to slow global warming.
  6. Standard member joneschr
    Some guy
    19 Apr '10 20:53 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by Sam The Sham
    The US needs to look into this volcano thing and see if we can't develop our own volcanoes as a weapon of some sort before we fall behind in the volcano race.
    Shh, the U.S. demonstrated its "Saint Helens class" volcano back in the 80's.

    I'll concede, it has yet to prove that its "Yellowstone class" supervolcano is reality.

    But come on, it can meet these wimpy Icelandic peashooters, any day.
  7. Standard member Blackamp
    Death
    20 Apr '10 03:17 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Sam The Sham
    The US needs to look into this volcano thing and see if we can't develop our own volcanoes as a weapon of some sort before we fall behind in the volcano race.
    exactimundo. the last thing the free world needs is allow Scandinavia to open up a volcano gap.

    look at what a volcano did to Pompeii, to see just how devastating it can be.
  8. Standard member Blackamp
    Death
    20 Apr '10 03:18
    Originally posted by whodey
    Why are you merely focused on the eonomic impact? What about the psychologic impact? Those poor people in Europe look out their windows and what do they see? They see overcast skies and no sun shine resulting in increased level of depression.
    this is particularly important in northern Scandinavia, what with the sun not rising for six months at a time.
  9. 20 Apr '10 03:25
    Originally posted by Blackamp
    for irresponsibly not preventing their volcano from erupting at a time when the world economic recovery is still precarious. after all, the eruption of a volcano is a foreseeable event. yet they chose to do nothing. just like the Pompeiians and look what happened to them. but at least there was no airspace to shut down back then. Iceland should compensate European countries who economies get damaged by their dust cloud, dammit.
    Very interesting, but it would be impossible to prove that the nation knowingly and willfully was responsible for the eruption of the volcano. Seems that every nation/state could not be held responsible for natural disasters so at least there is some equity there.
  10. 20 Apr '10 03:41
    Originally posted by Badwater
    Very interesting, but it would be impossible to prove that the nation knowingly and willfully was responsible for the eruption of the volcano. Seems that every nation/state could not be held responsible for natural disasters so at least there is some equity there.
    Well since everyone now believes that man made global warming are now the cause of volcanos it would only make since to make the US pay for the darn thing. After all, the US is said to have the largest carbon emissions per year around the globe.

    Well I guess that lets the Icelanders off the hook. All we need now is to make a call to tax happy Obama!!
  11. Standard member spruce112358
    Democracy Advocate
    20 Apr '10 18:55
    Originally posted by Blackamp
    for irresponsibly not preventing their volcano from erupting at a time when the world economic recovery is still precarious. after all, the eruption of a volcano is a foreseeable event. yet they chose to do nothing. just like the Pompeiians and look what happened to them. but at least there was no airspace to shut down back then. Iceland should compensate European countries who economies get damaged by their dust cloud, dammit.
    Combined with Icesave, this volcanic attack on their airspace now gives the UK adequate justification to invade Iceland and bring about "regime change" (with massive US support, of course!)
  12. Standard member joneschr
    Some guy
    20 Apr '10 19:10
    Originally posted by spruce112358
    Combined with Icesave, this volcanic attack on their airspace now gives the UK adequate justification to [b]invade Iceland and bring about "regime change" (with massive US support, of course!)[/b]
    Hmm, I think the U.K. is badly outgunned in VMDs / WMVs.
  13. Standard member atticus2
    Frustrate the Bad
    21 Apr '10 17:54
    This Icelandic volcano was the first to be named after a chess player. I don't mean there was ever a GM called Eyaksawotdafuk, at least not in my databases, but read on.

    Most volcanoes are conical, pointy-shaped thingies. But this one spewed straight out of a crack in the rocks. It's known as a Fischer volcano
  14. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    21 Apr '10 23:47
    Originally posted by Blackamp
    for irresponsibly not preventing their volcano from erupting at a time when the world economic recovery is still precarious. after all, the eruption of a volcano is a foreseeable event. yet they chose to do nothing. just like the Pompeiians and look what happened to them. but at least there was no airspace to shut down back then. Iceland should compensate European countries who economies get damaged by their dust cloud, dammit.
    ...and while there at it, they should apologize to Bobby Fischers family for not having any bowling alley's!