As the East Coast struggles to recover from Superstorm Sandy, many of us can’t help but think that storms such as this are going to be the new normal. Global warming/climate change is very real, and yet, with only a few days left before the election, neither candidate is willing to address it. Governor Cuomo recognizes this catastrophe for what it is: how many more “superstorms” is the world going to have to recover from, before our “leaders” decide that real change in the way we treat our planet is desperately needed? I’m betting that it will be past the point of no return, and we’ll all be seriously fucked. Hell, it’s probably too late already.
The sad part is that there probably is some wack job right wing fundamentalist railing against homosexuals for provoking god to hit us with yet another natural disaster. Climate change had nothing to do with it. Yeesh.
A Real Ice Breaker: The Military is Preparing For The Effects of Global Warming in The Arctic Circle.
As the debate over global warming in political, economic, and scientific circles rages on, there is one rather sizable faction that is convinced that climate change is a certainty: The military. As the polar ice cap continues to melt, military exercises involving many arctic circle countries are already taking place. Just last month, Norway conducted one of the largest military exercises ever, involving 16,300 troops from 14 countries. This exercise, named “Exercise Cold Response,” was used for training in everything ranging from extreme cold weather warfare to fighting terrorism. Two months ago, the U.S, Canada, and Denmark held similar exercises. In addition, military leaders of the U.S, Canada, Russia, Iceland,Denmark, Sweden, and Finland will be meeting in May to discuss potential security issues in the Arctic region.
So why, in the face of the rapidly melting ice cap, is security an issue? Why else? Oil and natural gas. It is estimated that 13% of the world’s undiscovered oil, and 30% of the world’s untapped natural gas lies beneath all that melting ice. As shipping lanes open in the great white north, the exploitation of its resources will not be far behind. KA-CHING!
This is why the energy companies are trying to dispute global warming; they know damn good and well that there are a plethora of natural resources underneath all that ice. It’s in their best economic interest to continue to destroy the planet. The collective military powers around the arctic circle understand this, and are rapidly preparing for oil wars that will most certainly ensue in the decades to come.
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- As ice cap melts, militaries vie for Arctic edge (staradvertiser.com)
- World’s armies circle as Arctic warms to reveal untapped supplies of oil and gas (worldnews.msnbc.msn.com)
- Militaries scramble for supremacy in melting Arctic (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Militaries vie for Arctic edge as ice cap melts (csmonitor.com)
The 130 year old house that we rent in Boehnerville Ohio is a little more than 2 football fields from the Ohio River. Over the past two weeks this region has been hit fairly hard with substantial amounts of rain. So much so that I’m starting to feel like Mel Gibson in his 1984 movie The River. The river is just starting to hit the top of its bank in our neighborhood and the marina at the end of our block is nearly under water. I don’t want to say that things are getting to the panic stage yet, but this morning I noticed that the groundhog that lives in our back yard was wearing swimming trunks and carrying an inner tube. Our cats are currently polishing their boogie boards.
If this rain keeps up, I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up tomorrow to see a coal barge in my front yard. The forecast for the next few days calls for clear skies, but the rain is supposed to pick up again in the middle of the week. Some sections of the Little Miami and Ohio rivers have already overflowed their banks, and I’ve witnessed flocks of geese happily playing in a huge lake that was once a soccer field, which lies only 50 feet from the main road that goes through our neighborhood on the way to the highway.
While Boehnerville is a river town and has a history of flooding, you can bet your ass that the Ohio overflowing its banks is going to become a regular occurrence. Global Warming is a serious problem whether some want to accept it or not. With global warming comes copious amounts of precipitation. We’ve already seen the havoc global warming has caused this year from the tragic floods in Australia and South America, the blizzard like conditions throughout most of the Midwest and Northeast, and now flood like conditions from the Mississippi river to the Appalachian Mountains. Believe in global warming or don’t; that’s your choice. I for one am going to start considering outfitting my house with pontoons. I may even start searching for beach front property in Nevada soon.
Global Warming is coming to a theater near you folks. You can thank habitual corporate polluters such as the Koch brothers for that. Or maybe we should thank their enablers the Rethuglicans; they’re generating enough hot air denying that we’re facing an epic environmental crisis. For them, the only swelling river that matters is deNile.
- Researchers Link Extreme Rains To Global Warming (npr.org)
- Barge carrying chemicals floods on Ohio River: Coast Guard (reuters.com)
- Rain and snowmelt trigger Midwest flooding (reuters.com)
- Here comes the rain again! Storms forecast (msnbc.msn.com)
- Global Warming (socyberty.com)