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Historic Mid-West Flooding Is A Harbinger Of Things To Come

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There is no going back now.

Climate change is here, bearing its teeth.

We'd better learn to adapt--or perish.

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Recent floods in the Mid-west are causing climate scientists to warn of an ominous future, as 350.org co-founder, Bill McKibben, told ThinkProgress:

"Increased flooding is one of the clearest signals of a changing climate."

John Hickey, director of the Sierra Club's Missouri chapter, added:

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"This level of flooding is becoming the new normal."

As of last week, nine million people in 14 states are living under flood warnings.

Nebraska, for example, is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years.

At least three people have died after the Missouri, Platte, and Elkhorn rivers crested to record levels when a "bomb cyclone"a massive weather cell producing high winds, snow, and heavy rain--touched down.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said:

"Nebraska has experienced historic flooding and extreme weather in nearly every region of the state."

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Contributing to flooding was 30 inches of snow--200% above normal--and already above-average river levels in the eastern part of the state, leading to the fifth wettest season in 124 years.

2019 is not even half over yet, and already floods are expected to exceed $1.3 billion in Nebraska alone.

As of last week, floodwaters were still flowing downstream toward St. Louis.

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Has everyone forgotten the 1993 flood near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers? Entire towns were inundated, completely submerged beneath 15 feet of water. One example, Chesterfield, MO when the Monarch Levee was overflowed. Several months later, the regional airport finally reopened after the waters subsided. : : This is nothing new. : : Remember in the 1970s when Time Magazine devoted front cover issues and articles warning of "The Coming Ice Age"? More palaver! This growing panic is unfounded, misleading, and unhealthy!

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Read what the US military does to prepare for the climate change.

These guys act on knowledge and certainty, no empty panic.

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An Ice Age takes centuries to develop. "The Coming Ice Age" started coming when the former ice age started declining. You're confusing ages with crises.

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: : This is nothing new. : :

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If there is "a way to adapt," I'd love to hear it. Please and thank you in advance. I've been actively watching the demise of the planet for half a century and failed to see it. Barring divine intervention, I have yet to even imagine it, and this isn't for lack of trying-- literally every day. The biosphere of our planet is collapsing rapidly around us, yet the vast majority of humans haven't even a clue.

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It makes me wonder if ignorance is bliss today. Most people who understand the situation feel great angst. Those ignorant do not. If we are truly in the end game, we should be looking to make our remaining days as pleasant and mentally rewarding as possible. Does the angst really help against something over which has momentum that we could never stop?

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I hear you and Ponder these things daily. Yes, if there was ever a Time to put one's head in the sand oh, I'd say this is it.


But at the same time I personally want to do what I can to relieve suffering in the world and set things aright the greatest extent possible. Thus I am working to figure out how to work with Tulsi. She seems like the last best hope to get our s*** together before we pass on to wherever.


I hope to address this more in the near future. But I would say that from the great deal I read from you we are on the exact same spot on the exact same page. And I greatly appreciate hearing from you. I don't need Vindication but I do like it. After all I am a mere human!


Sorry for the typos but I'm speaking into my phone and I think the ideas that matter come across.

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I think many have a clue and feel powerless to do anything about it.

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I'd say I KNOW that. But at the same time we all have far more power than we realize, as I think most of us know.

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The article doesn't mention the words "car" or "automobile." Getting people to give up their cars -- or drive less -- will be quite a challenge.

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The oil and gas lobby has us by the cajones, we don't have great mass transportation, and I can't afford a Tesla.

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Where do you want to go? This would open a great discussion! 😊

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It's hard not to notice that mainstream TV news weather reports routinely mention when the last record flood or rain or snow storm or heat wave or cold spell happened back in history, recent or long ago.

It seems that this to tell us that extreme weather is nothing new...it just happens sometimes.

Not mentioned is the severity, frequency and global extent of climate changes. Also not mentioned are sea level rise, sunken islands, Arctic and Antarctic ice melt, and disruption of wildlife on land and in sea.

TV news is telling us that weird weather is and has been common. Nothing to worry about.

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That is what I'd call "putting it mildly." I hate to say.

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Cutting the military budget in half for starters would put a dent in fossil fuel consumption and Co2 emissions given that the DOD is the biggest user of fossil fuels and the biggest emitter of Co2 on the planet. Imperialism is not just killing people overseas, it's killing every living thing on Earth.

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Half of 1% sounds perfect!

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