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Froma Harrop
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Friday 16 September 2011
Human inhabitants of regions prone to such calamities suffer the discomfort or fear of rising sea levels, wind, deluges and fire, but global warming will also cost them.

Global Warming Is Here, All Right

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Bark beetles and egrets don't care whether Governor This or Senator That believes in global warming. They feel it in their whatevers. Responding to warmer temperatures, plant and wildlife are moving north or uphill to cooler elevations, according to a new study published in Science magazine. For example, higher temperatures in the Rocky Mountains have set off a population explosion of bark beetles now devouring its beautiful pine forests.

Will humans will follow the flora and fauna? The question, of course, goes beyond matters of biology. Climatologists say planet warming makes hurricanes fiercer and droughts meaner. Human inhabitants of regions prone to such calamities suffer the discomfort or fear of rising sea levels, wind, deluges and fire. But global warming will also cost them.

Insurers are now including climate change in their calculations of risks, reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek. This could mean higher premiums. It could mean forcing homeowners to spend more on such items as wind-proofing. It could mean shrinking coverage for natural disasters — narrowing the so-called God Clause.

The drought in Texas has reached biblical proportions. Wildfires are consuming homes. Ranchers have given up their cattle, as farmers lose their crops. In some parts, water supplies are so low and concentrated that people are brushing teeth with bottled water.

Climatologists are listing factors other than global warming, chiefly La Nina, a cooling pattern in the tropical Pacific that holds off rain. But climate change has left Texas starting from a hotter base. Its temperatures are now 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than they were in the '80s and '90s. That means you need more water than before to grow the same amount of crops.

By 2060, Texas could be five degrees hotter than now, according to state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon.

He has declared this the worst one-year drought in recorded Texas history and the hottest summer of any state in U.S. history. (Oklahoma and New Mexico are not far behind.)

Texas is no stranger to droughts. There was a long and terrible siege in the 1950s. But besides a lower base temperature, the big difference in 1950 was that Texas had fewer than 8 million people to supply with water. It now has 25 million.

The drought has inspired Gov. Rick Perry to pray for rain. He accuses scientists who insist that humans burning fossil fuels plays a role in global warming (the expert consensus, actually) of making it up to enhance their research budgets. If man has little or nothing to do with it, then man can just sit back. Or perhaps move to Minnesota.

Meanwhile, Texas homeowners are confronting massive electric bills for running air conditioners as temperatures swelter in the triple digits for weeks at a time. A friend in Palestine, Texas, reports that he doesn't lower his thermostat below 85 degrees during the day, to avoid getting clobbered by a massive a/c bill. And monthly water costs are soaring, with some residential bills going well into the hundreds.

The wildfires have fouled the air. The beauty of local vegetation is gone. Birds migrating south could die of thirst. (Texans have been asked to put out bowls of water for the hummingbirds passing through.)

Elsewhere, North Carolina is cleaning up the debris from Hurricane Irene. New Jersey and Pennsylvania, hit by Irene, were flooded again by Tropical Storm Lee.

Stuff does happen in nature. But it takes a sturdy hostility to science to bash the experts giving us all fair warning of worse cataclysm ahead if we don't act. Do nothing to curb global warming, and we humans will be following the bark beetle up the slopes.

Copyright Creators.com


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ABOUT Froma Harrop
Froma Harrop’s nationally syndicated column appears in over 150 newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Times, Denver Post and Newsday. The twice-a-week column is distributed by Creators Syndicate, in Los Angeles. Harrop has written for numerous other publications, ranging from The New York Times and Institutional Investor, to Harper’s Bazaar and Metropolitan Home. Previously, she covered business for Reuters Ltd., in New York, and was a financial editor for The New York Times News Service. A Loeb Award finalist for economic commentary, Harrop was also honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Over the years, the New England Associated Press News Executives Association has named her for five awards.

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I just hope whoever wrties

I just hope whoever wrties these keeps writing more!

we cant do much against solar

we cant do much against solar flares (http://sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/2011/09/magnetosphere-today-vi...)

perhaps if we replant the northern forests - the trees will return the moisture back in to the air so the glaciers can begin to reform
also reforestation would convert the CO2 in to oxygen
yes - it really is that simple

we cant do much against solar

we cant do much against solar flares (http://sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/2011/09/magnetosphere-today-vi...)

perhaps if we replant the northern forests - the trees will return the moisture back in to the air so the glaciers can begin to reform
also reforestation would convert the CO2 in to oxygen
yes - it really is that simple

Greenwash... Allow me to

Greenwash...

Allow me to reflect upon an inconvenient lie
Concerning global warming and the carbon in the sky
Well which one follows which? Whose story do you listen to?
A politician's... in a movie... so you know it must be true
The temperature is in the red, but Al Gore's come to give us all a...
Greenwash... the grass is always greener with a...
Greenwash... the air in your head's cleaner with a...
Greenwash... Browbeat the man who says it isn't so.

"Let's go green" "Let's go green" "Let's go green" everywhere
The bandwagon's playing cuz the corporations care
About their chance to profit from the latest cash cow
Made sacred cuz religion tends to bend belief somehow
Mother Earth is on the brink so let's all pay Her homage with some...
Greenwash... hypnotize the masses with some...
Greenwash... wage war on greenhouse gasses with some...
Greenwash... oh Holy Cow what else is there to do?

Sustainable development - the new model for mankind
Let's teach it in schools and leave no child behind
Greenwash a generation to dumb down the debate
So they won't think to protest the new socialist state
The needs of the collective supersede each member's liberty to question...

What’s so green about perpetual wars?
How do you explain the melting icecaps on Mars?
What's the deal with Agenda 21?
And how does it jive with the Constitution?
What if my carbon fart-print don’t amount to a hill of beans?

Sing-a-long:
doctorsparkles.com/audio/DOCTOR_SPARKLES-Greenwash-3.m3u

Well Froma, I see it like

Well Froma, I see it like this. After 9/11, 7/7, Madrid, the USS Liberty incident, and many many more "events", anyone who trusts the governments of their country to tell the truth is probably working for them or for the media. The US government has been using HAARP for some time now and many claim that amongst other things that they can affect the weather.A cursory look at Dutch since's site will show that, by studying these "Haarp rings", it is possible to predict these weather anomalies, now aint that a surprise. At the start of the "Global warming" agenda it was noted that weather stations not in step with agenda were disregarded.
Carbon tax, Carbon tax, Carbon tax, sorry, did I mention Carbon tax seems to be at the root of all this, and there would be nothing we do where the government couldn't charge some kind of tax. If no-one benefited in particular, big rich government cronies, then it might be easier to get folks on board, but as it is, next time your editor asks for a pro global warming piece, let him get someone else to do it. ian.

well state, Ian. "anyone who

well state, Ian.

"anyone who trusts the governments of their country to tell the truth is probably working for them or for the media" - albeit unconsciously and with less job security. ;)

Ron Paul vs. Big Brother 2012!

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