We have been told many times that California’s recent draught was caused not by the region’s longstanding tendency toward drought, but by global warming. So what caused the drought to be ended by heavy rains that overwhelmed the neglected Oroville dam, forcing the evacuation of 200,000 people? You guessed it — global warming:
“Oroville Is a Warning for California Dams, as Climate Change Adds Stress,” the New York Times reported. “Broken California Dam Is a Sign of Emergencies to Come,” reads an article published in Scientific American, adding that “[c]limate change is leading to more extreme rainfalls that can overwhelm infrastructure.”
California has a history of abruptly switching from drought conditions to torrential rain.
Blaming global warming for rain and the lack of rain in California is equivalent to blaming it for the sun going down at night.
In reality, the blame lies stinking at the feet of the moonbats running California.
Oroville’s problem was a corroded main spillway, put under stress by heavy rains. Had workers caught the main spillway problems during the dam’s last inspection in July 2015, this may have been averted.
Better still, the problem could have been averted by creating more facilities for storing rainwater. That way there would be something to drink when there is drought, and somewhere for the water to go when there isn’t.
However, Jerry Brown et al. have opted to spend the massive amounts of money passing through their hands wastefully (e.g., $25.3 billion on illegal aliens per year, $10 billion on a foolish high-speed rail boondoggle).
On a tip from Torcer.