Global warming fracas
If we go to Wikipedia to get info on glacier retreats, and global warming, we learn that since 1850 worldwide, there has been the melting of glaciers. Since 1980 the rate of melting has increased and become ubiquitous.
Related stories show that the mangrove swamps in Florida have been increasing their range on account of lack of freezing temperatures in winter. This trend has been over the last 28 years.
Locally, in the Bay area, the decorative trees such as crabapple, plum and cherry trees have moved up their blooms from mid-February to the last week of January. In Alameda, wild strawberries never quite go dormant, and are now blooming. The crocus, China Lilies, daffodils and tulip trees are also blooming, and a Monarch butterfly was spotted on the local golf course on Feb. 9.
Christopher Booker on the Drudge Report 2015 tries again on Feb 9, 2015 to claim that all this “global warming” is a scandal and an expensive hoax. He says that the Arctic ice is being melted by “cyclic” warm currents. I wonder if the warmth is being produced by hidden underwater volcanoes.
On Feb. 11, 2015 Jeffrey Linn did maps on a computer drawing from data put out by the US Geological Survey.
These digital maps show what the major coastal cities would look like if the oceans rose by 264 feet after all the glaciers and ice sheets had melted. It is not pretty, but fortunately we do not have to worry about it too much yet, as this melting would take place over a hundred years.
To counter this “hoax” thinking, California is primed to do something to prevent the worst case scenario of flooded coastal cities.
On the front page of the Oakland Tribune, Feb.11, 2015, the headline shows the proposal of State laws that would beef up the status of investment in clean renewable energy sources. Different bills would require increased building efficiency standards, cut gasoline use by one half for cars and trucks, and meet tougher emissions and mileage standards.
Legislators aim to create jobs in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
State Bill # 185 would require the State’s Public Employees Retirement System to divest from companies that have 50% or more of their revenue from coal mining or burning.
This upsets the coal and oil companies no end and they have started pissing and moaning about loss of jobs and “mandatory” gas mileage laws. If we want to make any progress against the impending problems that global warming will bring, it behooves us to get going and pass this legislation and inform ourselves of what life would be like for our grandkids and great grandkids if we do nothing.
Hopefully the legislature here in California seems to be on track for passing these bills this year.