View Full Version : Limbaugh Lie Of The Day (2)

Gayle in MD
01-19-2010, 08:26 AM
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Rush Limbaugh has gotten a lot of mileage out of his claim that volcanoes do more harm to the ozone layer than human-produced chemicals. He featured it in his best-selling book, The Way Things Ought to Be (paperback edition pp. 155-157): "Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines spewed forth more than a thousand times the amount of ozone-depleting chemicals in one eruption than all the fluorocarbons manufactured by wicked, diabolical and insensitive corporations in history.... Mankind can't possibly equal the output of even one eruption from Pinatubo, much less 4 billion years' worth of them, so how can we destroy ozone?"

Limbaugh calls concern about the ozone layer: "balderdash. Poppycock." The only people who worry about it are "environmental wackos," "dunderheaded alarmists and prophets of doom."

Syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell (New York Post, 1/14/94) used the volcano theory as Exhibit A to illustrate Limbaugh's "very well-informed and savvy understanding of the political issues of our time." "While far more pretentious people have been joining the chorus of hysteria over 'global warming,'" Sowell wrote,

Limbaugh pointed out in his [first] book that one of the high readings of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere came right after a volcanic eruption--and volcanoes can put more gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race.

The alert reader will notice that Sowell has mixed up global warming and the ozone layer, two different problems. Still, Sowell concluded of Limbaugh, "It is obvious that the man has done his homework--and done it well."

Ted Koppel must have thought so, too, when he invited Limbaugh to be on Nightline (2/4/92) as an environmental "expert," opposite then-Sen. Al Gore. "If you listen to what Senator Gore said," Limbaugh proclaimed,

it is man-made products which are causing the ozone depletion, yet Mount Pinatubo has put 570 times the amount of chlorine into the atmosphere in one eruption than all of man-made chlorofluorocarbons in one year.

On his radio show, his syndicated TV show, and in two best-selling books, Limbaugh has advanced the idea that volcanoes are the real ozone culprits. This theory, like so many of Limbaugh's claims, has only one problem: Limbaugh doesn't know what he's talking about.


01-19-2010, 09:19 AM
I see an opinion piece that was cut and pasted from an unknown source, but I don't see any facts that would make me think Rush is lying.


01-19-2010, 09:35 AM
If I'm not mistaken, I think most fair estimates conclude that around 25% of depletion happens naturally, and upwards of 75% is caused by man. Won't go into great detail, but a lot depends on how high the blast from a volcano is. In a small blast, many of the harmful chemicals from an eruption are washed away by rain before they can do damage. But in a large, powerful, high blast, it can be very damaging to the O-Zone layer.

There is also debate on what chemicals react with what to cause depletion (i.e. many natural chemicals exist and go through the atmosphere regularly, but how often is their reaction to man made chemicals causing more damage). I can't pretend to know all about this, but I don't think Rush was accurate in his assessment. I do believe volcanoes can and do contribute, but doubt they are the major contributor. Perhaps a part of it, that we have helped accelerate would be more accurate. But IMHO, volcanoes have been spewing for quite some time, long before us, and if they were THE culprit alone we probably wouldn't have an O-Zone to be worried about. Just my 2 cents there.

What else struck me in the post is the authors statement that:

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Is he/she contending that these are two separate issues altogether? Because if so, they are as misleading as they contend Rush to be in the first place.


01-19-2010, 09:55 AM
In fact, the big ozone scare turned out to be just another big scare and Rush was Right yet again. There is naturally minor changes in the ozone layer having nothing to do with man but the environmentalists are wont to use any excuse to implement their socialist agenda and control over man's activities...cause, after all, they know what's best.

The loudest liberal on this site has to dig back 17 years to try to discredit Rush and it is entirely erroneous. What gives?

01-19-2010, 10:33 AM
What gives?

Why would that be a surprise?


01-19-2010, 02:39 PM
Boy, this global warming is killing me! I just spent a few days in Detroit and the folks there say it is the worse winter in decades as the global warming has the obvious effects of tons of snow, more than ever, earlier than ever and more widespred than ever.

Listen, it should be as plain as the nose on your face, it's the snow in the artic melting that is causing a rush of winter weather to come down south. Just look at the data, once it has been screened for content. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif