Eve Ensler Thinks Global Warming Causes Earthquakes?
Eve Ensler Thinks Global Warming Causes Earthquakes?
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Feb. 10 2010 4:37 PM

Eve Ensler Thinks Global Warming Causes Earthquakes?

In an effort to cast Sarah Palin as a … I’m not going there … for not believing in global warming, Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler, in an appearance on the Joy Behar Show , made herself look utterly foolish in saying that global warming causes earthquakes and tsunamis.   Maybe she takes her cues from Danny Glover , who blamed the Haitian earthquake specifically on global warming. Or maybe she’s well-read and has cherry-picked bits of a highly speculative theory that holds that, in the cases of catastrophic sea-level increases, there’s a small chance that all that heavy water could increase seismic activity.

Or maybe she just doesn’t know what she’s talking about.   I couldn’t agree more with blogger Ann Althouse, who suggests that "When you want to call somebody dumb, try not to say anything dumb." At any rate, if three examples make a trend, we’re only one celebrity shy of turning this into a full-blown meme. Anyone?   Maybe Robert Kennedy Jr. will weigh in once he digs out .


* Correction, Feb. 10, 2010: The headline of the post originally said "hurricanes" instead of "earthquakes."

Rachael Larimore is a Slate senior editor.

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