Friday, December 18, 2015

In 1980 people who got outside noticed global warming. Now it's people that look out of windows.

Me and my flyfishing buddies could see the effects of global warming in the 1980s. 

We told fishermen who drove all night for a shot at huge trout coming up for the Brown Drake hatch on the Upper Delaware that it ended the week before. 

We watched Pennsylvania streams dry up. We took the water temperature for free oxygen content vital to aquatic life. 

Back then Republicans & James Watt were busy giving away federal land to drilling companies. 

Republicans still busy themselves giving public land and offshore waters to drillers and miners. 

There's a change. Most people around the world notice global warming. Even people whose outdoor experience is looking out of windows see the effects of global warming. 

Republicans changed too. Now they are full rabies anti-environment anti-science global warming deniers. 

"You stand in the mist and roar of Snoqualmie Falls, more than 100 feet higher than Niagara, and feel the liquid power of the Cascade Mountains crashing down. It’s been raining, seemingly nonstop, for at least a month in the Pacific Northwest, and this is the payoff. Hope is 4,000 cubic feet of water per second, going off a cliff. 
In this century, water will be more precious than oil, an Enron executive told me some years ago. At the time, the suits from Houston had yet to be indicted; they were on a greed high. Having manipulated the West Coast energy market, they were looking for the next commodity to corral — water." 
Haunted by Waters 
Timothy Egan 
New York Times