Dude, where’s my city?
An ominous warning from a new piece in Rolling Stone, entitled, “Goodbye, Miami,” by Jeff Goodell.
It’s just what it sounds like:
“By century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin.”
Chuck Watson, a disaster-impact analyst summed up the attitude in the state and across the country:
“I mentioned sea-level rise, and I was treated to a 15-minute lecture on Genesis by one of the commissioners. He said, ‘God destroyed the Earth with water the first time, and he promised he wouldn’t do it again. So all of you who are pushing fears about sea-level rise, go back and read the Bible.’”
Florida Governor Rick Scott whose Tea Party Republican views on climate change are certifiable, has been quoted as saying, “Government can’t control the weather.”
It’s a Sandbag of Tears economy.
In a companion piece, entitled, Rising Seas: A City-By-City Forecast paints a pretty grim portrait.
The climate change deniers of the GOP are destroying the country. Not rhetorically, not symbolically. Our coastal cities are being swallowed up by the ignorance of Biblical lunatics and their criminal negligence.
With record temps sweeping across the state of Alaska over the past week seeing temperatures climbing to as high as 98 degrees in Talkeetna, Alaska, you would think people would be more concerned and this would be a national scandal:
The weather feels like anywhere but Alaska to 18-year-old Jordan Rollison, who was sunbathing with three friends and several hundred others lolling at the beach of Anchorage’s Goose Lake.
“I love it, I love it,” Rollison said. “I’ve never seen a summer like this, ever.”
(H/T Jordan Ashby)