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"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

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“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Monday, September 05, 2016

Today's Must-Read: It's Not a Future Thing

Really scary article from the New York Times. (Since it's not about the Clintons, we can take it as largely accurate.) It's on the order of "Nice coastline you've got there -- be a shame if anything happened to it.":

NORFOLK, Va. — Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.

Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing beneath the sea several times a year, cutting the town off from the mainland.

And another 500 miles on, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., increased tidal flooding is forcing the city to spend millions fixing battered roads and drains — and, at times, to send out giant vacuum trucks to suck saltwater off the streets.

For decades, as the global warming created by human emissions caused land ice to melt and ocean water to expand, scientists warned that the accelerating rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline.

Now, those warnings are no longer theoretical: The inundation of the coast has begun. The sea has crept up to the point that a high tide and a brisk wind are all it takes to send water pouring into streets and homes.

And of course, it's not just American cities that are in peril. Think about what's going to happen to London, Rio, Hong Kong, Sidney, Tokyo -- I'm sure you can come up with your own list. And how high will the Netherlands have to raise the dikes to avoid becoming a large inlet? (One Pacific Island nation -- and I've forgotten which one -- has already made arrangements to evacuate its entire population.)

Of course, there's obstruction in Congress to allocating funds to actually do something.

Yet Congress has largely ignored these pleas, and has even tried to block plans by the military to head off future problems at the numerous bases imperiled by a rising sea. A Republican congressman from Colorado, Ken Buck, recently called one military proposal part of a “radical climate change agenda.”

You can bet that if there were earthquakes in Colorado, this asshole would be screaming for someone to do something.

Of course, if you ask a Republican, this is all because the Chinese, with the help of the Clinton Foundation, are secretly pumping all the water from the Yellow River into the Atlantic to drown Washington, D.C.

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