This is chapter 34 of my book, Fever Rising. This chapter examines the Clathrate Gun Hypothesis and whether the gun has fired yet or how close it may
be. To read previous chapters of the book, check out this link to chapter 33 and at the beginning of each thread are links back to previous
The Hand of God and all the Signs
Chapter 34: The Countdown to Extinction has Begun
Has mankind already begun the countdown to extinction? Has the trigger been pulled on the Clathrate Gun?
The Clathrate Gun Hypothesis is the popular name for nearly everything we’ve discussed in this book. It’s the hypothesis that rises in sea
temperatures and/or falls in sea level can trigger the sudden release of methane from methane clathrates, also known as hydrates, buried in the sea
beds and permafrost. The release of the methane leads to a chain reaction of more release from global warming which further destabilizes the
clathrates, in effect, causing a runaway process that is irreversible.
Once the gun is fired, we’ll have passed a tipping point and the process will be irreversible. The hypothesis originally postulated that this
process could occur within a human lifetime, but scientists have changed their tune claiming it would take thousands of years because most methane
clathrates are buried around 100 meters below the sea floor. The warming of deeper waters would take that long for it to thaw down to the frozen
hydrates, but, when you take into account that methane hydrates throughout the Arctic are frozen just below the surface, not 100 meters, and evidence
already exists that methane is seeping from vents as large as a kilometer wide throughout the Eastern Siberian Arctic shelf, you begin to realize that
the original hypothesis is much more accurate…meaning this process could occur in a human life time and even less than that. In addition to the
Arctic seeps, there is the fact that the Gulf Stream has changed over the past few years causing methane vents to be discovered along the northwestern
Atlantic, the East Coast. These vents are spread out over 4,000 square miles. Methane gas is escaping in large quantities in both of these locations,
by the tune of millions of tons of gas each year. In my opinion, our finger is pulling the trigger right now and any more tension on that trigger is
going to cause it to fire. Once the bullet is fired, it’s too late.
The following is from the Jumping Jack Flash Hypothesis and what Jonny says about the Clathrate Gun Hypothesis.
By Jonny Mnemonic
As I have been saying for some time, the oceanic methane stores - called methane clathrates or methane hydrates - are dissociating (melting) and
polluting our atmosphere. I was sure of this year’s ago. Now scientists are finding out that it is the case. As the methane is released into the
atmosphere the temperature of the Earth will increase. This will cause the 'dead zones' to increase in size and potency, resulting in massive
releases of hydrogen sulfide into the atmosphere. The biosphere, including human life, will sicken and die from the poisoning, especially by hydrogen
sulfide. Fires and explosions will consume our homes and vehicles and businesses and infrastructure, spreading like a burning cancer across the land.
The ozone layer will dissolve, exposing the surface of the Earth to more radiation, resulting in exponentially more mutations and genetic chimeras.
This is all already underway.
The methane releases alone would be enough to eradicate human civilization in its current form from the surface of the Earth. The hydrogen sulfide
contaminating and poisoning the atmosphere would be enough to do the same. But the two problems work together synergistically, each amplifying the
other. Together these two problems form an unstoppable tidal wave of death and destruction that is even now sweeping across the planet.
It should be apparent at this point why governments around the world are so industriously building underground shelters and facilities: the survival
of the human race itself, at least on Earth, is in imminent and grave danger, with complete extinction a not-at-all-unlikely possibility. The options
are limited: move underground (still fraught with problems) and/or move off-planet (the Moon, Mars, Ceres, Titan, etc). Heading out to the boonies to
grow tomato plants will be of no help in surviving this extinction event. One can't buy off this catastrophe with gold, nor shoot it away with guns.
(In fact, as the gas plumes increase in number, size and concentration, the odds increase that firing a gun will simply make the person pulling the
trigger explode or burn to death, possibly killing everyone in the local area too.)
On my dangerous gas thread, someone asked Jonny if he had any clue to the timeline humanity faces with this extinction level event.
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No way to know the timeline, but since this is fueled by bacterial growth rates, and bacteria breed like...well, bacteria, then the 'catastrophe
curve' will steepen rapidly. I've been watching this since around 2009. That's when I first started suspecting what was going on. And then when the
Gulf current changed in 2010 everything really seemed to start escalating rapidly. Now this year there have been three big events involving
large-scale methane hydrates releasing (in the Arctic, off the East Coast, and off the coast of Israel). Hydrogen sulfide detected in California,
'rotten egg' smell mentioned in Britain, Australia and elsewhere. For the first time in history a major metropolitan area (Kuwait City) was issued a
shelter-in-place warning due to hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide was detected around that sinkhole in Louisiana. Methane is bubbling up from the
ground in Pennsylvania, from the ground and rivers in Australia.
So, best guess, we've got 5 years. Maybe I'm being overly pessimistic and we have 10 years. But maybe I'm being overly optimistic too and we have
less than 5 years. That's why maybe we ought to wake up and concentrate on this problem - on maximizing human survival - like a laser, before we're
too weakened to do much. Think of all the energy and resources we're wasting, selling each other 30-year mortgages for coastal properties that will
probably be gone in a few years from fires or explosions, building useless stuff that contributes nothing to our survival, that kind of thing. If ALL
of our energy and ALL of our talented people focused on THIS problem then I think a lot more people could survive. The difference could be you, or me,
or if not us then people we care about.