Trump: For Sea Level Rise, try Mops and Buckets

January 18, 2020

At least he’s acknowledging the problem.
But, mops and buckets might not do it.

19 Responses to “Trump: For Sea Level Rise, try Mops and Buckets”

  1. Don Osborn Says:

    Wait … I thought he was the one who said big beautiful walls WOULD work!!!

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    Rakes, mops and buckets… This dumb @rsehole needs a lot of slaves for tidying up the mess he’s leaving behind.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Be careful with the troll talk, Clucky. We’re watching you.

      Remember that this is a climate change site, and not a place for Russian trolls to try to influence people’s thinking about the USA.

      • Sir Charles Says:

        You could be the ghostwriter of this dumb @rsehole’s tweets. Same level of spirit.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Here’s Sir Clucky, again showing some of the behaviors that mark him as a Russian troll. This brief comment fits into 3) on the list, although it’s not as vicious as usual—-is he just warming up?—-or drinking himself into a state of recklessness? Stay tuned.

          Watch for the pattern—-he has repeated it at least three times now:
          1) Clucky overdoes the anti-Americanism and Russian troll business, and
          2) Gets taken to task for that
          3) Responds with vicious personal attacks—-name-calling and childishness
          4) Gets himself torn a new “arsehole”
          5) After either sobering up or being told by his Russian trollmasters to knock it off,
          6) Clucky goes silent for a while in hopes that we will forget
          7) Clucky then comes back with an avalanche of “good” stuff to drown out the trolling and show what a wonderful asset he is to Crock

          Come on, Clucky—prove my point yet again—-show us how little self-control and intelligence you possess!

  3. redskylite Says:

    Already people are being hit by reality, but in East Yorkshire residents can move inland to high ground.

    Rising sea levels and more frequent volatile storms have seen huge chunks of land disappear in the past 20 years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/18/its-a-monster-the-skipsea-homes-falling-into-the-north-sea

    • redskylite Says:

      But spare a thought for those who cannot just move inland, and there is plenty of affected islanders.

      “We have to beg some of these (big) emitters to provide money for us. Is that fair?”

      One of the world’s lowest-lying countries, more than 80% of the Maldives’ land is less than one meter above mean sea levels, making its population of around 530,000 people extremely vulnerable to storm surges, sea swells and severe weather.

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-maldives/we-cant-wait-maldives-desperate-for-funds-as-islands-risk-going-under-idUSKBN1ZG0XS

    • redskylite Says:

      “While the world talks about climate change, for us it’s an existential threat and we have done our best to take the issue to the international arena.”

      in the Marshall Islands – controlled by the United States for more than three decades until 1979 and a site of its nuclear weapons testing on Bikini Atoll – there is nowhere to go.

      People are regularly evacuated from their homes as rising seas claim more of the islands’ often cramped and flimsy houses, threatening to make them uninhabitable in coming decades.

      http://news.trust.org/item/20200116002644-2yn71/

    • redskylite Says:

      “This report emphasises the vulnerability of our coastlines to climate change, and gives a flavour of what might be to come in the future. Our studies over recent years have shown that following the 2013/14 winter storms beaches across the South West of England took a long time to recover. That obviously has a major impact on the coastal communities which rely on them as part of their defence from the oceans, and such examples are now becoming evident all around the UK. As a society, we need to adapt to the effects of climate change and recognise we need to take action now to mitigate future sea-level rises and increased storminess.”

      https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/rising-sea-levels-and-increased-storms-pose-future-threat-to-coastal-communities

  4. redskylite Says:

    “Mops and buckets” – president you need to think way way bigger than that -else you’ll sink everyone you are supposed to look after. So go like there’s no tomorrow – as for many there may not be one. Start today.

    “To prepare for the climate dangers we now can’t avoid, we’ll also need to bolster coastal protections, reengineer waste and water systems, reinforce our transportation infrastructure, and relocate homes and businesses away from expanding flood and fire zones. Depending on how rapidly or slowly the world cuts emissions, climate adaptation costs could run tens or hundreds of billions of dollars per year by midcentury, according to the latest National Climate Assessment.

    Given those staggering costs and tight time lines, we can’t afford to take decades to build—much less not build—a single project.”

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615045/climate-change-green-infrastructure-us-public-works-building-boom/

  5. Kiwiiano Says:

    It will be interesting to see his response when Mar a Lago goes under.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      My prediction—-he will post a squad of soldiers back in whatever woods are there, rename it Fort Mar-a Lago, and use military funds to surround it with a sea wall. Keep America’s might mighty (and dry) and all that.

      The wall will also serve to keep the illegals he employs there for menial tasks IN, just in case they were thinking of looking for better-paying jobs elsewhere.

  6. dumboldguy Says:

    There is another new book out that shows the futility of expecting any rational decisions to be made in the near future. Well written and cites much evidence about how the greedy rich developers and the greedy rich second-home-at-the-beach types have driven over development in flood zones and how they and politicians prop up the wasteful and ineffective flood insurance program. Much spot-on detail about the situation on the NJ coast, with which I am quite familiar, as well as the poster child for coastal stupidity, Dauphin Island, Alabama. A short 250 pages that makes clear how badly we have mismanaged the coast—-I highly recommend it.

    THE GEOGRAPHY OF RISK: EPIC STORMS, RISING SEAS, AND THE COST OF AMERICA’S COASTS. by Gilbert M. Gaul, Sarah Crichton Books, 2019

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Dammit! My to-read stack is about to hit the ceiling and take on load-bearing properties.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        If you’re not retired yet, do so—-it’s the only way I found time to read more than a book or two a month.

        • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

          I’m retired, but my interest in corporate finance shenanigans, medical research, environmental science, geology, cognitive research, the history of forensic analysis, religious grifters, the US injustice system and science funding keep my nonfiction pile full. (It doesn’t help that I typically have to stop after every few paragraphs to integrate what I’ve read into what I already think I know.)


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