Does No One Care About the Plight of 'Drowning' Samoa? Apparently Not...
The Prime Minister of Samoa has launched a heartfelt plea in the Guardian newspaper on behalf of his allegedly drowning Pacific nation. (H/T Bufo 75)
Unless concerted international action is taken to deal with the threat of 'climate change', apparently, small islands like his will be "inundated by rising sea levels."
Tragically, it looks as if this request by the splendidly named Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, is destined to fall on deaf ears.
Even a fair chunk of the Guardian's impeccably green, left-liberal readership, it seems, is now sufficiently well-informed to appreciate that sea levels aren't actually rising in any dramatic, significant or unprecedented way, and that the "drowning Pacific islands" meme is just a piece of a Third World blackmail designed to guilt-trip richer Western nations into stumping up more aid.
Here's one comment:
I'm afraid that, just as was the case with the Maldives story, this is an utter fraud being attempted by a money grubbing politician.
Check the facts about what is happening.
So, Mr. Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, just how much money do you want?
And even more to the point, only 7 percent of Samoan land area is below 5m above sea level.
So the plea for action for small, vulnerable nations like ours, seems a bit of a stretch as far as Samoa is concerned, even though some other places may be going the way of Atlantis.
Still another commenter points unhelpfully to the fact that most Pacific Islands are in fact growing not sinking.
Samoa, incidentally, is hosting the third international conference on small island developing states (Sids), which will be attended by the planeloads of the usual enviro-loon suspects, including no less a personage than the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
This news has left at least one of the Guardian's commenters cruelly unmoved:
I've got a brilliant idea for you. Video conference.
Gosh, people can be so heartless, sometimes, can't they?