Rather than wait around for the power to be restored (which it now is) I went up to Maine today to help out my son John. The drive up gave me an opportunity to listen to various people express shock and surprise at the effect of a major storm on beachfront properties. Governor Christie exclaimed that he’d never have imagined such devastation, NPR rang up the usual empty heads to discuss global warming – induced severe weather and on and on and on. New York Governor Cuomo,speaking of river waters flooding the new World Trade Center site, sums up our governing class’s grasp of reality and science neatly: ““When this space was built, there was no assumption that the river could overcome the bank,” he said. “We’ve just ignored it. We’ve just been blind to it.”
To be surprised at this damage is to admit to a lifetime of deliberate ignorance. In 1973 a geology professor of mine used to rail against the insanity of building homes on barrier islands and emergency facilities like hospitals and fire stations on fault zones and flood plains. This was long before global warming was invented; in fact, it was even before the “settled science” told us we were doomed to suffer an ice age. Common sense and a knowledge of geology dictated that you don’t build where destruction is certain.
Warmists ridicule creationists for believing that the earth is just 7,000 years old, but to a warmest, 7,000 years is as irrelevant as 7 billion. A warmist refuses to look beyond 100 years, and therefore any storm, tidal surge, temperature rise or global climate change at all that exceeds what happened in the past century is, within their world, unprecedented, in the literal sense that it has never happened before.
How else can one explain the decision of New York Hospital, located in lower Manhattan in the lowest part of the island and flanked by two rivers and the ocean, to place its sole emergency generator in its basement? “Gee, it never flooded before, and if it weren’t for this darned global warming it would never have happened this time.” Various public officials used the same reasoning today to explain why the subways flooded, railroad tracks were washed away and homes swept into the sea: “who’d have expected that?”
Well my professor did, and so did everyone who’s ever even cracked a geology textbook. There’s no way to move an entire infrastructure out of harms way in an instant, but if our various governments had used the past 40 years to move things up as the original equipment wore out, there would be less damage today. Instead, we get a prescription to spend trillions, shut down the western world’s economy and impoverish the globe, all because the pointy-heads are worried about seeing weather that hasn’t occurred since the dawn of creation: 1938.
Let’s concede the modern rationalists their point about the age of the earth and date it as billions of years old. Only the most arrogant sort of person could claim that a mere century’s worth of time establishes the benchmark for what we’re entitled to expect from our globe – it’s larger, much larger, than we are. To pretend surprise or, worse, to actually be surprised when that is brought home is ridiculous.