I am liveblogging Hurricane Dolly from Corpus Christi, Texas. It’s raining here in the Coastal Bend. Not too much wind. Thanks to the storm we have a “snow day” at school. Plus, I don’t have to water the lawn for a week. Things are looking up, but flooding is forecast for the region, so there could still be trouble.
My wife brought a camera to the supermarket last night to document the supermarket’s reaction to the storm here in South Texas. We expected large pallets of drinking water, but there’s no evidence of profiteering. Rather, it seems there was a run on sliced bread and tuna fish. Other people must have come to the same conclusion we did. Tuna fish sandwiches are good hurricane food.
So, now I’m wondering “what happens if global warming leads to more hurricanes, and therefore more tuna fish consumption”. That could be troubling.
The idea worries me partly because Chris Mooney is worried. Storm pundits are under the impression that global warming stokes hurricanes. Where hurricanes make landfall, tuna disappears off the shelves. Here lies the problem, and its hypothesis.
In the cities where canned tuna is tested, mercury levels are above the recommended dose for daily consumption. Daily intake of canned tuna may result in what’s been referred to as a “fish fog“. Through inference I will hazard that most canned tuna is above recommended levels of mercury. Therefore, an upward trend in sea surface temperatures could elevate local mercury intake and subsequently “stupidize” our population.
Consider a positive feedback loop wherein the global warming comedy “Sizzle” comes to play in a theater in Corpus Christi and “people just don’t get it” because folks have been eating too much tuna. The policy ramifications are enormous, like more seawalls in the face of rising seas. I should be worried. I know.