Greenland and Iceland

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

From Michael Steele, the chairman of the RNC (which is second in charge of the Republican Party right behind Rush Limbaugh) on global warming:

“Thank you, thank you,” he said. “We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I am using my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is now covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right? Iceland, which is now green. Oh I love this. Like we know what this planet is all about. How long have we been here? How long? No very long.”


The port of Qaqortoq, Greenland:


 Glacier Lake, Iceland:


And yes, Iceland does have a lot of "green", and Greenland does have a lot of "ice", but they weren't named at a time when the reverse was true.  Greenland, by the way, was named "Greenland" not because it was entirely green, but because its discoverers wanted people to think it was full of bucolic green pastures, and thus settle the place.