Now Showing: The New Eco-Scary Movie

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During December’s obsession with “Climate-gate,” the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) began revving up publicity for its  video on the NEW eco-disaster-in-the-making, “Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification.”

It is a lushly-produced, lightly-sourced 21-minute presentation, with alto-gushy voice-over by actress Sigourney Weaver, the star of the movies, “Alien” and “Ghostbusters.”  It does not say in the credits anywhere that Ms. Weaver has also has a science degree.  At one point in the video, Ms. Weaver intones, in twenty years the oceans will be a “sea of weeds.”  Someone from Stanford University tells us coral reefs and seashells will be dissolving, in “20 or 30 years.”  Someone else turned to the camera and said, (very seriously) she has never seen terapods with such thin shells, EVER.

According to the dire predictions in the  ”acid ocean video,”  in 20 or 30 years, or “decades” or “if we don’t do something now,”  we must presume that Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi and the eco-nauts will be forced to nosh on cheese and crackers at the global conference on acid oceans, because all the scallops, crab, sushi- and caviar-producing fish will be extinct.   But imagine all the great government grants for environmentalists to go scuba diving and beach-combing to “research” the thickness of coral reefs and seashells.   “Stimulus” funding, anyone?

The Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) , whose Lord Christopher Monckton and Robert Ferguson worked so tirelessly during “Climate-gate” last month,  has issued rebuttal papers to the latest, greatest eco-scare.  Here is a report on how increased carbon dioxide in the ocean is actually helping the coral reefs grow, not “melting” them.    is another report on how human activity destroys some coral reefs, not the chemicals in the water.  SPPI considers the “acid ocean” theory to be propaganda.

Be ready for the publicity and political push in behalf of the “cause” of “acid oceans.”   Because Al Gore never lets the facts get in the way of a good potential income-generating ecology crisis, the  ”Acid Test” video will probably be part of the curriculum  in your child’s classroom this year.