Listen up warministas you can forget your carbon emission nightmares because the Herald Sun’s resident astronomical expert, Andrew Bolt, has discovered that life as we know know it may be in peril.
Something a little more likely and potentially a lot more devastating for the global warming alarmists to fret over:
An asteroid more than a mile wide is heading for earth, posing the greatest threat yet by an object approaching the planet, scientists have warned.
The asteroid – called 2002 NT7 – was spotted only three weeks ago, but could strike on 1 February 2019, the US space agency Nasa said…
What can we do to save ourselves from this calamity? Well, to borrow a phrase, don’t panic.
You see, asteroid 2002 NT7 wasn’t spotted three weeks ago. It wasn’t spotted three months ago. In fact, it was even more than three years ago, 2002 to be precise, hence the name. So what have we done since 2002 to prepare for the potential extinction of mankind? Nothing. Is this another example of the incompetence of the UN? Not quite. If you actually look at the page Bolt linked to, the very first comment points out that NASA has stated:
With the processing of a few more observations of asteroid 2002 NT7 through July 28, we can now rule out any Earth impact possibilities for February 1, 2019.
And when was that statement published? You guessed it, July 28, 2002.
Now in fairness to Andrew he may already be aware of this information, after all, he seems to ignore NASA’s observations on global temperature, so why not ignore their observations about astronomical bodies as well? Or perhaps this story simply provided another opportunity for Andrew to grandstand about climate change?
Same apocalyptic scenario as the global warmists’ own, but missing that vital ingredient for a new mass faith – a narrative of human sin and the punishment to come.
Does it occur to anyone else that the missing vital ingredient in Andrew’s alarmist story is actually a basis in fact?
Another possibility is that Andrew is feeding eight year old news to his readers as a way to cushion them from some of the more frightening realities of the last decade, I’m sure that he’ll let them know that there were no WMDs found in Iraq any day now.
Of course there’s no chance that he just posts any old tosh that his readers send him without trying to verify it, serious journalists don’t do that sort of thing.
I guess that with no asteroid to wipe the planet out in 2019 we’ll all just have to get back to worrying about climate change after all.
(H/T Matthew of Canberra)