Monday, February 27, 2017

The Real Dangers Posed by Big Climate

I frequently hear, "Even if the advocates of catastrophic global warming are wrong, what do we have to lose by implementing these changes?" I reply by explaining that turning the world economy upside down, making those living in extreme poverty less well off, and spending $19 trillion (yes, trillion) doing so would be an immoral misallocation of resources.

Here is even more evidence from California:

If [government] spending is the equivalent of prayer to a leftist, “climate change” is the equivalent of Christian “end-time” cultism. Let me share with you a very recent, and very relevant, example. Over the past week, we here in sunny insane California have faced the prospect of a major calamity as three merciless months of near-nonstop rainfall have led to the possibility of a massive failure at the tallest dam in the U.S., in Oroville, near Sacramento. It’s a big deal; 188,000 people have been evacuated. Concerns about how the aging Oroville Dam would fare in the face of record rainfall were raised years ago, but the state and the feds ignored them. 
The story has been amply reported locally and nationally. But what the press conveniently leaves out of its coverage is the underlining theory behind the dam inaction: climate-change apocalyptics had convinced the Silly Putty-brained California powers-that-be that rain was never returning to the state. Quite literally, new dams, and improvements on old ones, were rejected because a doomsday cult had convinced politicians that water was “over,” that the drought that began in 2012 was not a passing thing but an “era,” something that would last decades if not a century. And why build new dams if there’ll be no water for them to hold? Why refurbish old ones if there’s no chance they’ll ever be filled again? 
From the L.A. Times, July 2015: 
Dams are a relic of the Industrial Age…. They’re particularly ill-suited to the era of extremes—heat waves, floods and droughts—that climate change has brought on.
Of course, in the real world, dams are ideal to deal with droughts and floods. 

This article is excellent and I urge you to read the whole thing

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