One month ago, a very large crater was found on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia.
Where did the black hole come from? What was the cause? These questions were mysterious for us but now it seems that experts have reasons to say that there's lots of methane in the hole and the hole was a result of a methane bubble under the ground that found its way to the surface. Cool.
Such an insight is obviously a huge temptation for the repetitive "mainstream" media. It actually combines two favorite "threats" that millions of brainwashed morons who trust the "mainstream" media are being served on a daily basis: the climate change is threatening us; and Russia is threatening us.
A reasonably moderate but still valid example of this way to cover it is this segment on a TV station in New Zealand:
Archer mentions a 2010 paper by Natalie Shakhova who is doing some Arctic research in Fairbanks where she can see Russia from her house. Her hypothetical event only has a temporary impact on the global climate and the economy and it requires 50 gigatons i.e. 5 x 1013 kilograms of methane to be released.
To make the story short, Archer estimates that the bubble could have contained at most 3,000 tons of methane (generously assuming that it's pure methane) so one would need 20 million of such holes for the Shakhova-style emergency. One hole is clearly a negligible event from the climatic viewpoint. One million of such holes would still be negligible! The hole isn't much different from the act of building one house whose basement smells a little bit. There is a billion of stinky houses on Earth.
The idea that such a hole is a global threat is clearly downright idiotic but that doesn't prevent the hardcore charlatans from claiming otherwise. For example, an eco-terrorist organization called The Environmental Defense Fund (you may know the organization as a co-culprit of the terrorist attacks in Michael Crichton's "State of Fear") published this text:
They're still just 97 stupid girls who should be spanked for spitting this garbage on the Internet but stupidity is often in the eyes of the beholder.
Scary articles linking the holes to the climate have fortunately not appeared "everywhere" but I can still show you dozens of news outlets that have elaborated upon such fantastic connections. Karen Graham wrote as sober a text for Digital Journal as she could:
Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report chose a similarly dramatic title:
The Russian Arctic belches deadly methane as global warming pushes the biosphere beyond the tipping point. We have a choice: revolution or extinction.LOL and it doesn't get too much better later. To make you sure that not only women are this incredibly stupid, Kevin Drum of Mother Jones wrote
Thank you very much but I am still about 20 million times more afraid of the positive feedback loops that allow the seemingly unlimited human stupidity to uncontrollably spread on the surface of the globe.