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The Lungs of the Planet are Just Fine. by The Elephant's Child

The panicky people are claiming that the Amazon rainforest is on fire, “the lungs of the planet” are burning,— except that they don’t know what they are talking about. NASA has explained that the current fires in the Amazon are close to normal, but a little below — compared to the past 15 years. The fires are on land adjacent to the rainforest that has already been cleared for agricultural use. They were not caused by climate change. And started purposely by humans to burn off stubble. You can relax, The planet’s lungs are just fine.

As the Great State of California Sinks Slowly in the West… by The Elephant's Child
June 11, 2015, 9:52 pm
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California is having a water crisis, largely as a result of their own actions. It has been a four-year long drought. Both governor Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama have blamed it on man-made climate change. But in California history, droughts are common, and predictable as in 1920-34, 1976-77 and 1987-97  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration droughts are more likely to result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures..

What is new and different is that California now has 40 million more residents, well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early 1990s. Much of the growth is in recent massive immigration. If you encourage immigration, legal and illegal, it is helpful to make sure you have the infrastructure, including water supplies, to support those new residents. A record one in every four current California residents was not born in the United States.

Victor Davis Hanson, a long-time California farmer as well as an academic, explains a bit of the history:

After the initial phases of the federal Central Valley Project and state California Water Project were largely finished — and flooding was no longer considered a dire threat in Northern California — environmentalists in the last 40 years canceled most of the major second- and third-stage storage projects. To take a few examples, they stopped the raising of Shasta Dam, the construction of the Peripheral Canal, and gargantuan projects such as the Ah Pah and Dos Rios reservoirs.

Those were certainly massive, disruptive, and controversial projects with plenty of downsides — and once considered unnecessary in an earlier, much smaller California. But no one denies now that they would have added millions of acre-feet of water for 40 million people.

Lower foothill dams such as the proposed Sites, Los Banos, and Temperance Flat dams in wet years would have banked millions of acre-feet as insurance for dry years. All such reservoirs were also canceled.

Yet a single 1 million acre-foot reservoir can usually be built as cheaply as a desalinization plant. It requires a fraction of desalinization’s daily energy use, leaves a much smaller carbon footprint, and provides almost 20 times as much water. California could have built perhaps 40–50 such subsidiary reservoirs for the projected $68 billion cost of the proposed high-speed rail project.

California’s Governor Jerry Brown, disrespectfully called ‘Governor Moonbeam” offered helpfully “This goes to the very foundation of what it means to be human in a world of living things. The heat-trapping gases that out society generates are creating alterations in the fundamentals of our whole atmosphere. We may have already passed a tipping point.”

Fixing the water shortage was not really one of the problems he believes he was hired to fix. It’s really a matter of “overpopulation,” he said, ignoring the fact that he invited illegal immigrants to call  his state home.Californians will have to find a “more elegant” way of using and reusing water. “The metaphor is spaceship Earth” he explained. “In a spaceship you reuse everything.”

So far his only fixes are punitive, fining those who waste water, monitoring shower times, and urging neighbors to squeal on their neighbors. Expect more restrictions.

John Hinderaker described the problems after  their spring break week in California:

In its early years, the intellectual and moral rot that liberalism represents may not be reflected, in obvious ways, in the physical world. But over time, the inevitable consequences of liberalism become apparent. If you visit California today, you will see, in the state’s embarrassing physical condition, the first stages of liberalism’s collapse.

A New Species of Frog Has Been Found in Puerto Rico. No, Not Kermit, the Other One. by The Elephant's Child
April 21, 2015, 10:58 pm
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A new species of glass frog has been discovered in Puerto Rico that looks remarkably like our friend Kermit. They are called “glass frogs” because they are so transparent that you can see their organs inside their skin.

Just a reminder that there are many things undiscovered on this remarkable earth. They have just decided that the sage grouse is no longer endangered, but it’s sub-species might be. The record of “endangered species” is a little fuzzy. It’s very hard to tell if the species exists only here, but not over there. Small numbers in one place don’t mean there aren’t more over on the other side of the mountain.

Very often the problem is a specific predator which has multiplied. Or it’s a simple matter of miscounting. Extinct species have been discovered to be thriving in another location. It is complicated, and environmentalists lie. Fear of an endangered species going extinct brings more funding into environmentalist group coffers. They have always counted on especially appealing species like harp seals and polar bears to bring in the money.

Yet how amazing that a tiny new frog has been discovered, and how would anyone know if it went extinct? They could be hiding anywhere. Cute little fellows though. If he didn’t look so much like Kermit, you’d never hear about it. Which says something about our society.

Secret World Bank Report: Biofuel Caused Food Crisis by American Elephant

Add rising food prices, riots and hunger to the long list of casualties of “environmentalists”:

Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% – far more than previously estimated – according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body. [read more]

As we have noted before, in addition to causing high food prices, shortages, hunger, and suffering, they are much worse for the environment and they are driving species to the brink of extinction. If you haven’t already, call your federal representatives and demand that the government stop subsidizing biofuels. And contact your local governments as well: if they are anything like mine, they are using biofuels in government vehicles in an effort to be “green.”

And keep this tragedy in mind when politicians tell you they want to do something to stop global warming.

Progressive Thinkers or Mindless Sheeple? by American Elephant

You decide:

(h/t Mind of Mookie)

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