Oct 31, 2010
Kiribati is a Pacific nation of 33 islands with fantastic jewels such as this:
The above are known in the aquarium hobby as Christmas tree worms and are one of my favorite species to keep.
The president of Kiribati, President Anote Tong seems to recognize that his nation has the greatest economic potential as a tourist destination and led the cause to set aside much of his nation’s territorial waters as discussed in this interview.
I can appreciate President Anote Tong’s environmental sentiments. As discussed on this blog numerous times and as mentioned on the About page, I believe in conservation.
President Anote Tong gets the Blockhead designation though for some of the last comments he made in the above interview. After the usual amount of alarmism over sea level rise, Tong states:
It is important not to forget we are talking about the fate of a people here. We’re not talking about polar bears. I think the polar bears are precious and I do not wish to see them disappear. But nor would I want to see our people disappear.
The polar bears are not threatened, their numbers are increasing and they lived through warmer times in the past. Invoking the image of the polar bear and tying that to the people of Kiribati is insincere and simply to illicit emotion. Attribution of sea level rise to CO2 has become boring.
The seas will rise and the seas will fall as they always have regardless the CO2 content of the atmosphere. I suspect Tong knows this and is simply panhandling for a donation while recognizing his nation produces nothing the world wants other than a pristine dive destination.