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Feb 16 2017

Nonexistent Global Warming Crisis Blamed for Trouble at Oroville Dam

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.”

Actually,

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).

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On a tip from Torcer.



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  • Rotohammer

    LOL. The NY Times article features a photo of the St. Francis Dam in California, which failed in 1928. The present drought and rain cycle only confirms that the climate hasn’t changed. Fake news.

  • RKae

    Blaming global warming for rain and the lack of rain in California is equivalent to blaming it for the sun going down at night.

    Consensus of scientists: “Hmmm… Perhaps we should look into this sun-going-down-at-night thing! We might be missing out on a potential fear angle!”

  • Torcer

    For those who are curious these are talking points and narratives what the ‘progressives’ are taught to parrot on this particular subject:

    Climate Change
    This section is an abbreviated version of Climate Solutions for a Stronger America: A guide for engaging and winning on climate change & clean energy, a booklet developed by Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions.

    Organize your arguments around this messaging triangle:

    (1) We must address extreme weather for our kids: We can’t ignore the growing reality of destructive weather—we owe it to our children to protect them, and that means addressing climate change before it’s too late to fix.

    (2) We can do it, we have the ingenuity: No one should doubt America’s ingenuity and resolve. Those who say nothing can be done about climate change forget who we are and what we can do.

    (3) We will break fossil fuel’s stranglehold on government: It’s time to end Big Oil’s extreme influence in Washington. We can build a secure, affordable energy future and address climate disruption if we put people, not fossil fuel companies, back in charge of our democracy.

    Let’s begin with a monologue detailing the first point, that we must address the problem:

    Say . . .

    We can’t ignore the increasingly severe weather: it’s already causing tens of billions in damage and it’s only getting worse. We owe it to our kids to protect them and their futures, and that means addressing climate change before it becomes irreversible. Running away from tough problems only makes them worse. That’s not how America works. We need to apply commonsense strategies now. We know what’s right, we know how to implement clean energy solutions, and we know that reducing fossil fuel dependence will make America stronger and our kids safer. It’s time to step up and get it done…our children are counting on it.

    Why . . .
    Scientific facts generally don’t persuade swing voters. For years, scientists have told us that climate change is real. Yet, propaganda campaigns sponsored by oil and coal companies left many Americans confused. All that misinformation is now being overridden by the force of the wildfires, floods, droughts and violent weather that people see with their own eyes.

    Talk about extreme weather in ways that create mental pictures—severe storms, droughts, wildfires—rather than using the less-descriptive phrase global warming. Employ both your own experience and recent destructive weather in the news, preferably from your geographic area. For details on extreme weather in your state, go to climatecentral.org or look at the impacts section of the dailyclimate.org website. You can use this as an opportunity to introduce the phrase climate disruption when talking about extreme weather and local impacts. Disruption makes it slightly harder for people to dismiss unusual events as being caused by natural weather cycles.

    Then pivot to the second point of the triangle, we can find climate solutions:

    Say . . .
    No one should doubt America’s ingenuity and resolve. Those who say nothing can be done about climate change forget who we are and what we can do. We already have the energy technologies to run our economy cleanly and affordably. American businesses and scientists have developed amazing renewable energy technologies, including solar mirrors that magnify the power of the sun, efficient wind turbines, and jet fuel from algae. America can build a healthier, more secure future by leading the world in clean energy solutions. Developing clean energy creates jobs, strengthens local economies, and helps us gain control of our energy future.

    Why . . .

    Because climate change denial is now a losing tactic, the oil and coal companies have shifted to the argument that clean energy is unrealistic, or too expensive, or it will cost our economy jobs. We know that voters are seeking confident leaders who are willing to take on the complex problems of our times. Without strong leadership, climate change can be intimidating. Remind voters about practical, available clean energy technologies and solutions available today instead of focusing primarily on solutions projected for the future.

    This is the patriotic high ground—America can do it. Include supporting stories or facts to back up your claims. Focus on local success stories—not using numbers but visual images. “In Albuquerque, we’re installing solar on firehouses, schools, and we’ve got them on the airport roof.” In fact, solar power is growing at an extremely fast pace and the federal National Renewable Energy Lab estimates that renewable energy could meet the vast majority of our electricity needs by mid-century.

    Some of the most effective political narratives include a villain, and it’s not difficult to find one on the topic of climate change. Pivot to the third point of the triangle, that despite all opposition, we will address the issue:

    Say . . .
    It’s time to break the stranglehold that the oil and coal companies have on government. They are rigging the system to pad their profits, blocking clean energy innovation, and preventing responsible action to protect our kids from climate disruption. They are paying for deceptive campaigns to spread doubts about climate science and the role of fossil fuels in causing climate change.

    Why . . .

    Voters recognize that big fossil fuel companies have an unfair amount of influence over energy policy decisions in government. They see Big Oil as a greedy corporate actor that coordinates with superPACs, the billionaire Koch Brothers, and corrupt politicians to suppress clean energy innovation. Nearly 6 of 10 voters are troubled “a lot” or “a fair amount” by “oil companies pouring tens of millions of dollars into so-called superPACs advertising campaigns in order to influence key elections.” They are not just promoting fossil fuels. They are aggressively working to block wind power, solar energy, mass transit, and energy efficiency programs. Polling shows that the public reacts with anger when they learn about these details.

    So insist that we hold oil and coal companies accountable and fight back against corporations that are “rigging the system” against clean energy and “not playing by the rules.” Remind the public that, “What’s best for the oil companies is not what’s best for the American economy and the American people. And especially not what’s best for our children’s future.”

    The following arguments and answers come verbatim from Climate Solutions for a Stronger America.

    Right wing argument: Clean energy costs too much.

    Say . . .
    What costs too much is what we’re doing now. 1,300 counties have been declared disaster areas due to drought, losing billions of dollars in crops, exports and income. This year’s wildfires have cost us billions more in firefighting and emergency aid. Clean energy is practical, affordable and inexhaustible—it’s the fastest growing energy sector around the world. America has the know-how to power our economy with clean energy—if we break Big Oil’s grip on Washington.

    Right wing argument: We still don’t have proof that this is caused by humans.

    Say . . .
    We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but we’re not entitled to our own facts. Nine out of 10 of the hottest years on record have been in the last decade. Destructive weather is getting more common—just like the scientists warned it would if we did not reduce our carbon emissions. These are facts, not political positions. The longer we delay solutions, the more expensive they get. Denial is not a responsible strategy. It’s time for solutions.

    Right wing argument: Clean energy sounds good, but it’s unrealistic.

    Say . . .

    What’s unrealistic is expecting our weather to go back to normal if we just ignore it, or relying on fossil fuel industries to do what’s best for Americans. Clean energy technology is proven and economical. Other countries are gaining a competitive edge, by using our technology, while oil company lobbyists tell us it’s unrealistic here. Building a healthy, secure future for our kids isn’t unrealistic. It’s our job.
    http://www.progressivemajorityaction.org/climate_change

  • Rotohammer

    The dam was built in the 60s. They built it with a spillway because rain happens. The spillway failed because liberalism happens.

  • Auburn Rapunzel

    This is what I tell my kids when we do science lessons: “If the science is settled, then it’s not science. If you can’t test it and prove it, it’s not science. And if you’re not allowed to question it, it’s definitely not science.”

  • MiloMason

    FYI: “Obama Stimulus Funds: $22 Million Went to California Dam in ‘Good Shape’, $0 for Failing Oroville Dam”
    —CAN YOU SAY “A$$-BACKWARDS” ? (“liberal” is an equivalent word !!!) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/afbaf727ff4ca013c15cf73d5b6329b0eb4c47d2493c2e42fbdd7e67a9c2545f.jpg

  • RKae

    Damn. They have no idea what “extreme weather” is.

    They should read up on life on the prairie in the 1800s.

  • ICEvictim

    “back in charge of our democracy.”

    one more time for the slow students – AMERICA IS A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, not a democracy.

  • Torcer

    As two of history’s most infamous Socialists termed it:

    “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Lenin
    ” If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Adolf Hitler

  • Jester

    e.g., $25.3 billion on illegal aliens per year

    There’s a pretty simple reason, folks: Illegal aliens are brought to polling places and convinced to vote Democrat at each and every election in exchange for free goods & services. Unfortunately, dams are not.

    That’s all.

  • Stosh

    The dam is in same area as the Donner Pass, the one where people ate each other to survive extreme weather over 100 years ago. They traveled via horses not SUVs.

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  • TED

    I’d say it’s the same problem the entire state has, it’s STUPIDITY has run over it’s banks!!!

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