Thursday, September 25, 2014
Florida Going ''Down the Drain'' or ''The Politics of Climate Change''
GAIL COLLINS oped in the New York Times, which is also going to go down the drain in the future once the Climapocalypse kicks in real bad, writes in an oped titled ''Florida Goes Down the Drain'' that we are doomed doomed. ==================================== http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/opinion/gail-collins-the-politics-of-climate-change.html ======================== On Miami Beach, rising sea levels have interesting consequences. The ocean periodically starts bubbling up through local drainpipes. By the time it’s over, the concept of “going down to the water” has extended to stepping off the front porch. It’s becoming a seasonal event, like swallows at Capistrano or the return of the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio. “At the spring and fall high tides, we get flooding of coastal areas,” said Leonard Berry, the director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies. “You’ve got saltwater coming up through the drains, into the garages and sidewalks and so on, damaging the Ferraris and the Lexuses.” Ah, climate change. A vast majority of scientific studies that take a stand on global warming have concluded that it’s caused by human behavior. The results are awful. The penguins are dwindling. The polar bears are running out of ice floes. The cornfields are drying. The southwest is frying. There is very little on the plus side. Except maybe for Detroit. As Jennifer Kingson reported in The Times this week, one scientific school of thought holds that while temperatures rise and weather becomes extreme in other parts of the country, Detroit’s location will turn it into a veritable garden spot. Miami is probably not used to being compared unfavorably to Detroit. But there you are. “We’re going to wander around shin-deep in the ocean — on the streets of Miami,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, who is planning to go on a climate-change tour this month with Florida’s senior senator, Bill Nelson. (The junior senator, Marco Rubio, who’s no fan of “these scientists,” will presumably not be joining the party.)
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