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Eleven, eleven, can someone give me eleven?
Located in the central Atlantic about 760 miles southwest of the Azores, the hurricane poses no threat to land and would probably be unremarkable if not for its place in the record books. The last time a hurricane season produced 10 consecutive storms was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach, when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson deplores the influence of ignorance in our society.
At The Daily Banter, Bob Cesca looks at America’s response to climate change and despairs. A snippet:
Along those lines, it’s difficult to resist the instinct to feel utterly hopeless and cynical. We’re in it now, and a frustrating lack of political will mixed with public apathy or outright denial has completely stymied what should’ve otherwise happened years ago: an effort of the magnitude of the Apollo program to find affordable, clean, renewable energy sources while rapidly killing off entrenched yet archaic polluters. But we’re not a prevention nation. We’re a self-indulgent one. We’d rather continue our bad habits while finding ways to ease the side effects.
For example, rather than eating right and exercising, while supporting efforts to improve our food supply, we’d rather pop a few Lipitor to reduce our cholesterol, or a Nexium to reduce the acid reflux.
Addendum, Later That Same Day:
The Charlotte Observer reports on how coastal real estate developers are trying to weasel out of being honest about the dangers of flooding.
Dick Polman applauds while deriding Florida Governor Scott on Irma and climate change. A snippet; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).
It’s great that Scott was front and center as the storm-on-steroids crept closer. It’s not so great that Scott’s regime barred its staffers from using the term climate change. According to one investigation, released in 2015, “[State] environmental protection officials have been ordered not to use the term ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ in any official communications, emails, or reports,” and Scott’s minions refused to use the term in public hearings — in the apparent belief that if the words weren’t uttered, the crisis would go away or cease to exist.
Thom reports that the Trump administration is asking scientists not to refer to climate change or global warming.
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.