There Goes Virginia’s Climate

A snowstorm is the ideal time to write about climate disruption, as it allows us to immediately set-aside the cartoonish claim that if any spot on earth isn’t warmer than it was yesterday then all is well. The following things we know:

There are giant snowflakes falling outside my window.

Five-year averages of temperature in Virginia began a significant and steady increase in the early 1970s, rising from 54.6 degrees Fahrenheit then to 56.2 degrees F in 2012.

The Piedmont area, where I live, has seen the temperature rise at a rate of 0.53 degrees F per decade.

At this rate, Virginia will be as hot as South Carolina by 2050 and as northern Florida by 2100, and continuing at a steady or increasing pace from there.

Sixty percent of Virginia is forest, and forests cannot evolve or switch over to warmer-weather species at anything like that fast a pace. The most likely future is not pines or palm trees but wasteland.

From 1979 to 2003, excessive heat exposure contributed to over 8,000 premature deaths in the United States, more than all deaths from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined, and dramatically more than all deaths from terrorism.

Between 1948 and 2006 “extreme precipitation events” have increased 25% in Virginia. Precipitation in Virginia is likely to increase or decrease dramatically overall, and is extremely likely to continue the trend of arriving in ever more intense bursts of storms interrupting droughts. This will be devastating to agriculture.

Acidity in the ocean has already increased by 30 percent and if current trends continue will hit a 100 to 150 percent increase by 2100 and continue to spiral upward from there. Oysters’ shells in the Chesapeake Bay have grown thinner as a result. The oyster population is 98 percent gone. Shell fish are becoming and will entirely become extinct, if current trends remain unaltered. By 2100 we can expect 60 to 100 percent of the world’s coral reefs to be gone.

Fish off the Virginia coast are moving north and east to survive, some species having already vanished from Virginia waters either by migrating or dying out. In Virginia 46 percent of fish species, 25 percent of birds, 46 percent of reptiles, 43 percent of amphibians, and 28 percent of mammals are listed as threatened or endangered.

Seventy-eight percent of Virginians live within 20 miles of the Chesapeake, the Atlantic, or tidal rivers. On the Eastern Shore and in the Hampton Roads-Norfolk area, flooding has already become routine. The sea level will rise, if current trends continue, between 3 and 18 feet by 2100. Already it has risen an inch every 7 or 8 years — 12 inches in the last century. Some 628,000 Virginians live within 6.5 feet of sea level. Paul Fraim, Mayor of Norfolk since 1994, says the city may need to soon establish “retreat zones” and abandon sections of the city as too costly to protect. Real estate agents are discussing the need to require disclosure of sea level as well as lead paint and other defects when selling property.

The famous ponies of Chincoteague live among trees killed and grasses weakened by risen saltwater, and will not live there much longer.

The U.S. military, headquartered largely in Virginia, the world’s largest Navy base in Norfolk, and the swamp-built Capital of the United States in Washington, D.C., face potential devastation directly contributed to by the endless wars for oil, and the consumption of that oil, despite the widespread belief that the results of the wars are distant. Just as ice melting in Greenland lifts water onto the streets of Norfolk, investment of trillions of dollars in pointless death and destruction not only diverts resources from addressing climate damage but heavily contributes to that damage. The U.S. military would rank 38th in oil consumption if it were a nation.

If any image can wallop someone with the need to adjust our priorities it is one of Wallops Island just south of Chincoteague but protected for the moment by a $34 million rock wall.  Wallops Island hosts tests for the $4 billion crash-prone Osprey helicopter, and all sorts of war training, plus a space port from which multi-billionaires can blow themselves up or launch themselves into space to starve in tin cans literally as well as subjectively above the rest of us.

There is no Planet B. Nobody has found anywhere for humans to live apart from earth, at least not remotely in the time frame of the current crisis.

Virginia has taken in thousands of refugees from Hurricane Katrina and can expect to take in many more and to create many refugees itself. The only thinking that says every future Hurricane Sandy will miss Virginia is wishful thinking.

The warming will bring the mosquito varieties (already arriving) and diseases. Serious risks include malaria, Chagas disease, chikungunya virus, and dengue virus. Look them up. The television won’t explain them until they’re here.

Virginians, like others in the United States, consume vastly more energy and produce vastly more warming per capita than do people in other countries, including countries in Europe that they don’t look down on. Proposals to actually halt the climate catastrophe generally call for Americans to start living like Europeans (the horror!).

Virginia’s Constitution requires the state to “protect its atmosphere, lands, and waters from pollution, impairment, or destruction, for the benefit, enjoyment and general welfare of the people.” In a decent court system, any member of the public could have that enforced through a massive emergency Marshall-Plan effort to preserve our climate.

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality does not concern itself with climate change.

Virginia lags significantly behind Maryland and North Carolina in addressing climate change.

Numerous reasonable steps can be quite easily taken if the political will is found, but they get harder with each passing year.

The financial corruption of state governments is not nearly as advanced as at the federal level, although some states lag behind the national average in intellectual awareness and enlightenment. The possibility certainly exists for Virginia to compete with Germany and Scandinavia in renewable energy, recycling, and reduced consumption.

If the day after being thankful for things, Virginians rush out to stores and buy crap, rather than rushing out to organize actions to save the climate, we will need to all be thankful we are not our kids or our grandkids. “Here’s a plastic toy. Glad I’m not you!”

Apart from the snow outside my window and a few odd remarks like “stop shopping!” everything stated above is well documented in a new book called Virginia Climate Fever by Stephen Nash, for which I am thankful and which I hope every Virginian reads before New Year’s resolution time.

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  • DungeonMasterKey

    Do you want to build a snowman? ♫

    Btw the article you wrote about baskets of currencies and the future of the dollar was really well thought out and interesting!

  • Ian56

    I am surprised that David Swanson has fallen for the man made climate change hucksters.

    The Anthropogenic (man made) Climate Change Myth http://ian56.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-anthropogenic-man-made-climate.html

    • truth

      You call them hucksters, but the idea of humanity moving to renewable energy is a good cause. And why wouldn’t it be? Today the U.S., a large consumer of Oil, guzzles it up on Overseas adventures of Military Aggression – and they are insatiable for it, thirst for it, while the innocent perish.

      You know who was a Huckster? Thomas Edison, screw that guy.

      • kimyo

        What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change
        Today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us. So what will?

        As we reflected on the project, we came to the conclusion that even if
        Google and others had led the way toward a wholesale adoption of
        renewable energy, that switch would not have resulted in significant
        reductions of carbon dioxide emissions. Trying to combat climate change
        exclusively with today’s renewable energy technologies simply won’t
        work;
        we need a fundamentally different approach.

        we’ve seen more than a few hucksters peddling ‘solutions’ like corn-based ethanol. billions have been spent on this technology, much in subsidies benefiting companies like adm and monsanto. the result: billions wasted to create a below 1.0 eroei fuel which delivers less miles per gallon and which has destroyed countless engines. (thus the advice not to use fuel containing ethanol in your boat or lawn mower)

        the nuclear hucksters have latched onto the carbon wagon, falsely claiming that atomic power is carbon-free.

        it’s hucksters coast to coast, ‘fracking will make us energy independent’, ‘keystone……’, ‘high speed rail…..’

        it shouldn’t surprise you to find hucksters embedded throughout the carbon movement, indeed, it’s the opposite which would be astounding.

      • Ian56

        Yes Thomas Edison was a huckster – he stole Nikola Tesla’s ideas and kept what he couldn’t use under wraps.

    • Ian56,

      Even the Navy in Norfolk and the Pentagon itself have fallen for it (Has The Navy Fallen For The Greatest Hoax?).

      • Ian56

        Arctic Sea Ice coverage just hit a 10 year high for the time of year. Average global temperatures haven’t risen for the last 16 years and neither have sea levels. What are you going to do in 10 or 20 years time when the Earth’s temperature still hasn’t risen or has even slightly declined? The climate change models are wrong. The overwhelming factor in climate change is the natural cycles of the sun and is not caused by man.

    • cettel
      • Ian56

        I am not paid to rig the temperature data or produce alarmist climate change models that have been wrong for the last 16 years. Instead I look at the empirical historical evidence going back millions of years. The best theory I have seen on what causes Earth’s climate to change is in the link above.

    • Becky Ross

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  • jaebiddy

    You say they’re hucksters, but for those of us with eyes and ears that live in places that are actively being impacted by changing climate, it doesn’t seem like a myth.

    • colinjames71

      He said man-made climate change. Which absolutely is a myth. That said, there is more than enough evidence of urgent ecological, human health, and geopolitical damage from the negative effects of fossil girl extraction and burning to warrant a switch to new forms of energy as quickly as possible. There are those of us who know the the climate is indeed changing, just not because of CO2, and also wish to take care of the planet.

      • dswx

        Stop being anti-science. This is 2014. Read the peer-reviewed science which is unequivocal that warming since the 1970s can not be explained without the additional forcings from man-made greenhouse gases. It is basic physics. Conservation of energy. BTW, if global warming is from natural causes, please do explain why the stratosphere is cooling. It should be warming if natural causes such as the sun are the reason for global warming. Oh, what’s that? You can’t explain it? That’s because you have not read the science. There is no excuse at all for your intellectual laziness when the information is readily available at your fingertips. You are simple regurgitating what someone told you and what you want to believe. Read the science. BTW, the science behind global warming is exceptionally strong. It follows the scientific method…the way science has been conducted for centuries.

  • Rick Steele
  • Pokelo

    All views of climate change need to watch this. Then do research, not the type that is summarized for you, but the thinking and observational for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c4XPVPJwBY&index=2&list=PLHSoxioQtwZcqdt3LK6d66tMreI4gqIC-

    • jadan

      Thanks for this.

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  • Gotham Knight

    No one knows what the climate will be like in a year much less 35 or 90. Things change no matter what we do, or don’t do. I have to chuckle at those who think giving even more control and taxes to people who live off the hard work of the productive class will somehow save the planet.

  • Agenda 21 For Dummies Jan 23, 2009

    Agenda 21 explained very well. Including implications it will have on humanity. Opinions within the video come in some cases from those that were in on the negotiations. Truly an interesting watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFlM

  • Watch Apollo Astronaut Walt Cunningham blast global warming October 31, 2014

    Col. Cunningham: “Models are not data… I’m here to encourage everyone to look at the data themselves, not just buy what they’re told. I find that my standards for science are more important to me than anything else, and I hate to see them being depreciated by the alarmists’ claims today. Politics and the media and what have you have allowed us now to be facing one of the biggest scientific hoaxes in history. That’s what’s being pushed on us.”

    http://www.cfact.org/2014/10/31/watch-apollo-astronaut-walt-cunningham-blast-global-warming/

  • June 24, 2014 The Scandal Of Fiddled Global Warming Data

    When future generations try to understand how the world got carried away around the end of the 20th century by the panic over global warming, few things will amaze them more than the part played in stoking up the scare by the fiddling of official temperature data. There was already much evidence of this seven years ago, when I was writing my history of the scare, The Real Global Warming Disaster. But now another damning example has been uncovered by Steven Goddard’s US blog Real Science, showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the world’s most influential climate records, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/10916086/The-scandal-of-fiddled-global-warming-data.html

  • Becky Ross

    My name is Becky Ross , I really want to testify to the good work of Dr. Ogala for what he has don for me . couple of years ago, my husband left home after we had little misunderstanding, he never returned, no phone calls, no letters, no emails and no sign of him anywhere.and at the same time My daughter got sick so ill, things were so tough for me. I had lost hope, 2 years ago, i met a psychic, he said he would help me, i give him a try but all to no nothing happened, i lost hope completely, my daughter’s situation got worse each day. Last month, i saw a posting concerning the good works of the Spiritual professional(Dr. Ogala), i told the great man my problem and he told me that there is nothing to be worry about for me contacting him all my problem is savol .. He asked me to provide the spiriual materials needed to cast the spells and of cost which i did (Bring Lover back, Healing spell and Career spells). In a matter of weeks, my husband called me and told me he was sorry and that he wants to come back to me and that he would explain everything when he comes back, three days later, i got a call from the new job i apple for with an Real Estate company, right now, my daughter’s is finally healed. I want to thanks DR. Ogala,for what he has don for me and my family. you can contact him via email: Holyspellcast@gmail.com or Holyspellcast@yahoo.com his web site http://holyspellcast.webs.com his the solution to all problem i no you are going to be the next to shera your testsimony to people you can call the great man on +2348039456308……..

  • Clara Williams

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    of my heart, i could not replace him with any body,one day i was
    watching my television when i saw a lady giving thanks to DR OGUDUDU and
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    back lost love, then that was how i decided to contact him too because i
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    and he told me not to worry that my love will surely be back to my arms
    within 48hours at first i could not believe because i was thinking how
    could somebody that has gone for 6years come back within 48 hours,so
    then i decided to watch and see,unbelievable within the next 48hours i
    got a call from unknown number so i decided to pick the call the next
    thing i could hear was my loves voice he was pleading and begging me on
    the phone that i should forgive him that i should forget all that have
    happened that he did not know what came over him,he promised not to
    leave for any reason, that he was really sorry for what he did,i was so
    surprised because i never believed that this could happen,so that was
    how i accepted his apology and the next morning he came to my house and
    still pleading for me to forgive, him i told him that everything is okay
    that i have forgiven him, that was how we started again and now we are
    married, i promised to say this testimony in radio station, commenting
    this testimony is still okay but before this month runs out i promise to
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  • Clara Williams

    i want to give thanks to my dr and i will always give thanks to DR
    OGUDUDU who brought back my love that has left me for 6years within
    48hours, i have said about this last week but i promised to always tell
    people about this every week end so that those that did not read about
    it last week will read about it this week, i have been looking for how
    to get this boy back to my life because i love this boy with the whole
    of my heart, i could not replace him with any body,one day i was
    watching my television when i saw a lady giving thanks to DR OGUDUDU and
    telling the world how he helped her i was so shocked i could not
    believe it because i never taught that there are powers that can bring
    back lost love, then that was how i decided to contact him too because i
    do really need my love back,when i contacted him i told him everything
    and he told me not to worry that my love will surely be back to my arms
    within 48hours at first i could not believe because i was thinking how
    could somebody that has gone for 6years come back within 48 hours,so
    then i decided to watch and see,unbelievable within the next 48hours i
    got a call from unknown number so i decided to pick the call the next
    thing i could hear was my loves voice he was pleading and begging me on
    the phone that i should forgive him that i should forget all that have
    happened that he did not know what came over him,he promised not to
    leave for any reason, that he was really sorry for what he did,i was so
    surprised because i never believed that this could happen,so that was
    how i accepted his apology and the next morning he came to my house and
    still pleading for me to forgive, him i told him that everything is okay
    that i have forgiven him, that was how we started again and now we are
    married, i promised to say this testimony in radio station, commenting
    this testimony is still okay but before this month runs out i promise to
    say this in radio station and i will,sir thank you very much.World
    please am begging you people to try and thank this man for me,or if you
    need his help here is his email address drogududuspellhome@gmail.com. or
    call +2348144368825 THANK YOU DR.