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Global Warming Rally Freezes (+ No High Tide)

From Washington state’s The Olympian:

High tide hits as rally calls attention to climate

Cold weather not the point, environmentalist says

John Dodge [sic] | January 15, 2013

Freezing weather with light snow flurries greeted about 200 climate activists gathered on the steps of the state Capitol noon Monday to demand the state Legislature get serious about climate change.

The climate rally unfolded four hours after the highest predicted tide of 2013 in Budd Inlet. Climate activists draw attention to the winter high tides, calling them a precursor of a future shoreline under siege from sea-level rise.

Buried near the bottom of this article we will learn that the tide fell a full foot short of their predictions.

The irony of Monday’s cold weather compared to a global climate that is heating due to a carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere was not lost on the crowd, or some of the speakers.

“Climate and weather are two different things,” Olympia-area environmentalist Paul Pickett was quick to remind the bundled-up crowd. Climate is long term and weather is what happens daily, he said…

But you can bet your solar panels that if it had been unseasonably hot, he wouldn’t have said that.

Urgency embroidered with anger and despair permeated the so-called Climate Crisis Rally timed to the first day of the 2013 legislative session…

Why the anger?

“We need to channel our anger into action,” Pickett said. “We’ve got to stop feeding our addiction to fossil fuels.” Despair that decisive action, moving forward won’t keep the planet from heating up far into the future, leaving a mess for today’s children and grandchildren.

These sure sound like ‘dog whistles’ for domestic terrorism. Where is Big Sis?

By the way, what about our national debt? Isn’t that a mess we are leaving for our children and grandchildren. And it actually exists.

The rally focused on efforts to thwart construction of a Whatcom County coal export terminal to ship coal from the Rocky Mountain states to fuel China’s coal-fired power plants

"Thwart construction"?

Midway through Monday’s rally, about 70 activists crossed the street to the steps of the Temple of Justice, grabbed red placards and eventually formed a human mural that spelled out: “NO COAL.”

Are they going to heat their houses and run their Macs on solar — in Olympia, Washington?

Another speaker was The Evergreen State College geography professor Zoltan Grossman. He suggested that shipping ports and terminals used by the fossil fuel industries to move equipment, raw products and fuel are their true Achilles heels.

That sure sounds like a threat. And from a government employee.

Look no further than the Port of Olympia, he told the climate activists. One of the port’s newest commodities is a type of ceramic sand shipped from China, unloaded in Olympia, then moved by rail to oil drilling sites in North Dakota. It’s used to prop up or “frack” the earth deep underground to release the oil.

“We can expose this and do something about it,” he said. “Say ‘yes’ to port jobs built on a more sustainable future and ‘no’ to the import and shipping of fracking supplies.” …

It sure sounds like they are calling for disrupting our energy supplies. Even the supplies for perfectly safe ‘fracking.’

Turns out the Monday high tide of 16.9 feet fell about a foot short because of the high pressure system parked over South Sound…

They always have an excuse when their dire predictions fail to materialize. And notice that they are blaming the weather.

Atmospheric pressure aside, South Sound is expected to experience sea-level rise of 3-22 inches by 2050 and 6-50 inches by 2100, according to University of Washington climate scientists…

And we should believe them because they have no vested interest. It’s not like their jobs depend upon fear mongering or anything.

The higher the number, the greater high-tide flooding in downtown Olympia would be. In response, city officials are considering a range of strategies, including new pump stations, tide gates and sea walls. Together, the measures to counter the tides could cost tens of millions of dollars.

Olympia’s city streets, creeks, and rivers often flood during the months of November through February. Because it rains about eight inches a month. Why don’t they do something about that?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Global Warming Rally Freezes (+ No High Tide)”

  1. Astravogel says:

    I really don’t think there are enough of these “useful idiots”
    to make a really tight floodwall in case of sea level rises,
    but it’s worth a try…

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I’ll bet those who attended this ‘rally’ were wearing polar fleece (Polyethylene terephthalate ), arrived on $3,000 aluminum, carbon fiber and titanium bicycle (mining and Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer) wearing leather shoes (raised beef) with rubber soles (synthetic variety, derived from petroleum), wool Mongolian caps (raised sheep, but transported on giant cargo containers after being knit in slave labor Chinese camps), living in government subsidized housing and student loans.

    Other than that, they’re righteous

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