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Late last night, my brother sent me a link to a picture of the town of Cape Charles, Va., under water because of, not a hurricane, but a steady rain. (See more pictures of yesterday’s rain.)
You’ve likely never heard of Cape Charles, but I’m quite familiar with it. When I was growing up, one of the highlights of the Christmas season would be a visit to the McCrory’s in Cape Charles to see the model train layout on the second floor. Also, when I was a kid, Cape Charles did not flood. It might take on some water during a hurricane, but it did not drown in a summer rain.
Anyone who does not understand that the climates they are a-changing is either willfully ignorant or just too stupid for words.
Then, again, as Der Spiegel points out, there are those persons who are both:
Still, it is likely that none of the G-7 heads of state and government expected the primitive brutality Trump would stoop to when announcing his withdrawal from the international community. Surrounded by sycophants in the Rose Garden at the White House, he didn’t just proclaim his withdrawal from the climate agreement, he sowed the seeds of international conflict. His speech was a break from centuries of Enlightenment and rationality. The president presented his political statement as a nationalist manifesto of the most imbecilic variety. It couldn’t have been any worse.
Follow the link the complete Der Spiegel story.
Addendum, Two Days On:
My brother, who spent more time in Cape Charles than I did–I think a young lady might have been involved–informs me that flooding in Cape Charles was not so rare as I thought, though he does not recall flooding of such severity in a routine summer rain.
I don’t know how much rain Cape Charles got, but here in Virginia Beach we got only an inch and a half–heavy, but hardly something Noah would have noticed.
Here’s a bit of what he told me:
The problem with Cape Charles is that it’s too flat, too low, suffers from poor planning (too much concrete and asphalt), and they use the streets as their storm drains. If you have a storm drain system and try to route too much runoff through the drains, they back up. The same thing happens when you use streets as storm drains–route too much runoff through the street system and the streets flood.
In my local rag, a local professor considers the warmest year on record (emphasis added):
An atmospheric scientist, I have studied both the natural and anthropogenic forcing of the climate system. Yes, of course, there are natural factors such as volcanoes and solar output that play a role in higher temperatures, but the observed changes in the climate system cannot be explained by these factors alone.
The warming trends we have been seeing since 1970s have not paused in any way and are caused by influx of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and the release of carbon dioxide. Anything else is a zombie theory.
Snow is in the forecast, so the local television stations are all, natch, at Snowmageddon DefCon One “We’re all going to die!”
Did we have weather before television, and, if we did, however did persons survive it?
(Schools are closed because school buses can’t complete their routes. And, no, this sort of stuff did not happen in the olden days when I was a young ‘un growing up in these here parts.)
Thom points out that, when it comes to Republicans and climate change, the hoax gets in their lies.
This item from my local rag caused me to drop my jaw this morning. There’s a good chance that, within my children’s lifetimes, the world’s largest military complex (which surrounds me as I type this) will be under water, but Republicans want to stick their fingers in the Pentagon’s ears and go “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah.”
Supporters say they want the military focused on enemies such as the Islamic State group, not rising seas.
Critics say flooding is a formidable foe as well.
“It’s kind of hard to attack the enemy when your base is underwater,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, a Southeast Virginia Democrat who voted against the ban.
The Republican Party, the party of willful ignorance.
More at the link.
And, in more news of willful ignorance . . . .