Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Hurricanes Are Getting Worse == Why are so many people afraid to talk about climate change? (David Leonhardt, columnist, The New York Times)

Winston Churchill said before World War II, “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”

Listening to the St. Johns County Commission and St. Augustine Beach City Commission when they (rarely) deign discuss these issues, one wonders why:  is it because they are dull, dupery  Republicans, unsophisticated, and ruled by developer$ and their campaign ca$h? 

While the City of St. Augustine made great strides under Mayor Nancy Shaver, her stroke and resignation left the City without a leader on these issues.

The City's low credibility on environmental issues has been further damaged by:

  • bogus purchase of 91-93 Coquina Avenue property on. false grounds of flood control set back our credibility, 
  • Public Works Director Michael Cullum, P.E inviting me to "step outside" at the all-white January 31, 2019 "Keeping History Above Water" meeting, and t
  • exclusion of locals and denial of press pass/scholarship for City-sponsored "Keeping History Above Water" event at Flagler College, subject of investigations by federal agents. 

From David Leonardt, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Timesman:

Hurricanes Are Getting Worse

Why are so many people afraid to talk about climate change? 
David Leonhardt
Opinion Columnist

CreditCreditMark Wilson/Getty Images

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday.
The frequency of severe hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean has roughly doubled over the last two decades, and climate change appears to be the reason. Yet much of the conversation about Hurricane Dorian — including most media coverage — ignores climate change.
That’s a mistake. It’s akin to talking about lung cancer and being afraid to mention smoking, or talking about traffic deaths and being afraid to talk about drunken driving. Sure, no single road death can be attributed solely to drunken driving — and many people who drive under the influence of alcohol don’t crash — but you can’t talk meaningfully about vehicle crashes without talking about alcohol. 
Climate change, likewise, doesn’t cause any one hurricane on its own, but it’s central to the story of the storms that are increasingly battering the Atlantic. Why are we pretending otherwise?

David Leonhardt is a former Washington bureau chief for the Times, and was the founding editor of The Upshot and head of The 2020 Project, on the future of the Times newsroom. He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for columns on the financial crisis. @DLeonhardt  Facebook

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