Oh yeah, almost forgot, there was this storm around these parts…
Not a huge problem inland where I live, really, just a bunch of rain and a period of fairly stiff wind late last night/early this morning. Nothing at all like Hugo was, thank God. Hugo was a real bitch.
It still brought out the fear-mongering and hysteria among the local media types, as you would expect. And then there was our governor, the More Or Less Honorable Judge Roy Bean Cooper, who for some reason decided the situation required that he wax poetic:
North Carolina, my message is clear: disaster is at the doorstep, and it’s coming in.
This may be a marathon, not a sprint. This storm threatens life; forecasts show a storm surge higher than many homes…expect this storm to batter our state for days.
The coast will feel the blast first thing in the morning, with damaging, life threatening surge, wind, and rain…
The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you’ve ever seen. Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this one is different. This storm is a monster. It’s big and it’s vicious. It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane. Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster. This storm is an uninvited brute, who doesn’t want to leave.
Indeed, it is reminiscent, in its terrible lust for human sacrifice and chaos, of the faceless Nyarlathotep, or even the unspeakable Yog-Sothoth Himself. This demonic storm, just as the Old Ones who sent it to afflict and torment us, is possessed of a thirst for human blood that cannot be quenched. It is the stuff of nightmares, untouchable by compassion or love, not amenable to logic or reason. Carolinians cannot hope to conquer or prevail; we can only hope some handful of us will survive, and endure. Somehow.
Okay, I may have embellished a bit with that last paragraph there.
Update! Hurricane Trump: libtards are helpless to the fury of its passing.
Perhaps, in the Headline Hall of Fame, alongside “Headless body in topless bar,” we can add a new entry to display for generations to come. This week a Washington Post editorial declared: “Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit.”
The point was that hurricanes are caused or intensified by the man-made climate change that we’ve experienced in recent decades, and that Trump ignores that supposedly obvious fact, bringing about destruction. Never mind that, between Wilma in 2005 and Harvey in 2017, no major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) made landfall in the continental United States. That’s the longest such hiatus ever recorded.
Never mind that, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 40 major hurricanes hit the United States in the 55-year period between 1906 and 1960. In the following 55 years, during the era of global warming, the number was 26. The number in the worst categories, Categories 4 and 5, fell from 12 to 5.
This week, California Governor Jerry Brown is hosting a conference of people involved in what’s called the Climate Resistance. As noted by the Washington Times, “The massive three-day bash hosted by Mr. Brown will feature top Democrats, liberal megadonors, Obama administration figures, international leaders, green energy, Silicon Valley, Hollywood celebrities, and Al Gore.”
This follows state legislation signed by Brown requiring utilities to get all their electricity from “zero-carbon” sources by 2045. Massive expansions of hydropower and nuclear power are off the table, so that means relying mainly on intermittent sources like wind (which works only when the wind blows) and solar (which works only when the sun shines).
California officials claim the state currently gets about a third of its electricity from “renewable” sources. In June, the price of electricity in California was 65.3 percent higher than the national average. The difference would be greater except for the fact that some 41 other states have their own, smaller scams driving up electricity prices by requiring electricity consumers to buy expensive, unreliable wind and solar power.
Jerry Brown just wants to do to America and the world what he and his fellow environmentalists have already done to California.
Well, naturally. The totalitarian program only works if we’re ALL subject to it.
Always, whether the problem is warming or cooling, the solution is greater control of the economy, and of all human activity, by politicians and bureaucrats. They’re the only ones smart enough to save us.
Today, in the time of the Climate Resistance, “addressing climate change” is a euphemism for denying billions of people access to affordable energy—with victims ranging from working-class Americans to the world’s poorest in sub-Saharan Africa. And while the vulnerable suffer, wealth and power is transferred to the likes of biofuel processors and the bureaucrats of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Union.
Real people pay a real price when policies are based on ignorance of history and a half-understanding of science, on irrational fear and sensationalism, and on the latest kookery from the media and political class that stands to benefit when people freak out.
Oh, it isn’t based on any of those things; that’s giving them too much credit for “good intentions.” What it’s really based on is the same old thing it always is with the Left: lust for power.