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As Floodwaters Rise, GOP Lawmakers are Frantically Building Levees of Climate Denial

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As Floodwaters Rise, GOP Lawmakers are Frantically Building Levees of Climate Denial

Will Bunch
When it came to climate change in the great state of Nebraska, spending a whopping $250,000—just one-quarter of a million dollars—on a study for how a flood-prone prairie state could prepare for the impact of the earth’s rising temperatures was simply too big a hill to climb.

The push for a climate plan in the Cornhusker State to be completed by next year emerged from a legislative committee, but it seemed dead in the water as recen

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"And all that will remain of our political leaders legacy will be the greatest failure of human history and they will be remembered as the greatest villains of all time.”

Greta Thunberg

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This issue is way bigger than Nebraska and Pennsylvania.
The following excerpt is from J.H. Kustler’s column today: "news of historic flooding in the midwest that has already caused $3 billion in damage to farms, homes, livestock, and infrastructure. With spring rainfall already at 200 percent of normal levels, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a statement in late March saying, “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities.”

More to the point, two major western dams show disturbing signs of potential failure that may bring on unprecedented disasters. The Oroville Dam on the Feather River north of Sacramento — the highest earthen dam in the US…The Fort Peck Dam on the upper Missouri River in Montana is likewise troubling experts watching a record snowpack in the Rocky Mountains. It too is an earthen dam — the world’s largest by volume — filled with hydraulic slurry. Because it is located on the flat high plains, the dam is extremely long, running 21,000 feet — about four miles — from end to end. Behind it is a reservoir that is the fifth-largest man-made lake in the nation…The current flooding of the American Mid-West and the mass dumping of flood tainted wheat, corn and soybeans will likely spark a rodent population explosion in the region, which in the context of rat-swarming homeless encampments may yield a 1347 repeat event in North America during the 2020s. What happened before can happen again.”

The full article which has much more disturbing details can be found at J.H. Kunstler.com under the title: “Biblical Anxieties”
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After years of hearing about potential - and real - climate/weather related effects, worldwide, I know that sex has little to do with this - but what the fuck are Republicans and corporate Democrats thinking? Are they even capable of thought? Even the Nebraska Farm Bureau - that bastion of left-wing theory worship - doesn’t put a priority on such important planning. It’s as if all the hard right can hear are calls of “booga booga” instead of rational studies of pending disasters. The occasional Senator or Congressman taking a snowball into the chamber, or hosting a religious cartoon show, can’t bode well for any real action to be taken.

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The reality is that these guys would rather believe the floods have more do do with allowing gays in the military or Muslims to be elected to Government then they do with Climate change. As once Governer of Texas suggested after floods hit Texas , the people just have to pray harder and the floods will stop.

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Well, when their houses float away- then they will cry. And no one will listen to them. There are hundreds of millions of us, and we deserve better than a congress and admin of three year olds.

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Hey , I remember that Falwell said after 911, that people deserved this because of abortion. Yep, these psychos are getting worse and louder.

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I’m going to go out on a limb here. I find it odd that weather modification activity is constantly scorned and/or silenced. How many here would deny seeing, most days of any given week, the persistent aerial spraying “clouds” crisscrossing the sky?

How do these fit into the picture? That’s a prime question - why do we not discuss it?

Jim Lee has compiled as objective a site on background documentation as I’ve been able to find. I would assert that we fail to do so at our own peril.
Weather Modification - Ten Technologies to Own the Weather

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Other countries are not denying it. Could also pick up some quotes from outside the US.

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With the numbers of flooded homes in clear soggy print, it would seem that the very least that could be done would be to designate some areas as flood plains, not fit for building.
The New Orleans area
Areas expected to flood when the mentioned dams burst.
Areas in Florida within 3 feet above high tide (dear me, maybe this would be a toughie).
Areas flooded in the last decade from river overflows.

The Green New Deal is wonderful, but even if implemented fully (pipe dream), will it really refreeze all this melting ice and cool the oceans back down? I doubt it.
A “meanwhile” agreement might be something everyone can agree on. I can’t see how the Repubs and Conservative Dems and the rest of us can’t be opposed to protective construction for homes AND BUSINESSES. Better drainage, flood zone building restrictions, smart public works, and public shelters.

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Dear Nebraska baby boomers, your parents and grandparents wouldn’t have put up with this shit. They would have grabbed these Gopers and corporate Dems by the scruff of the neck and took them behind the woodshed. You don’t care about your children and grand children? Are all of you cowards?

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Yes, they are- in all states. Our ( baby boomer ) generation after our thirties might have risen up the ladder- but does not have any real leaders from that time.

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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic water bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

replace

Federal Government Actions

Ban gasohol

Shrink the military to that needed for defense only.
Discontinue our occupation of the Middle East, Africa
Stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia

Discontinue night baseball

Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Promote recycling

Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue single use aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Maximize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size

Promote limiting world population growth
Discontinue subsidies to fossil fuel corporations

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P.S. I don’t expect conservatives to stop denying until all of Florida and half of New York is submerged. But in the final analysis, even those of us who do see the handwriting on the wall may be reluctant to change very much–such as leave the air conditioner off in July and August. Also, framing our discussions is important. I suggest that we refer to global heating; global warming is too mild a term.

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