By Doug Magill
Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. Steven Wright
With apologies to Santayana, nothing is ever really new – except to liberals. Since intellectual curiosity and an understanding of history seems to be foreign to them, the continuing fallacies of human nature always continue to surprise.
The latest example, of course, being the moral indignation directed toward those who realize the climate-change imbroglio is just the latest in a series of apocalyptic scientific scandals which – as soon as it subsides – will be superseded by an even scarier one. What is fun about this one is that California Governor Jerry Brown seems to be a recurring figure in climate-related ones associated with droughts in a state that has a penchant for not managing its water resources well.
I confess to being embarrassed to admit this, but I remember the last doomsday scenario in which our ever-loony Jerry was notable. During Gov. Brown’s first term in 1976, California was suffering from another significant drought, except the cause was trumpeted as global cooling. Similar scenarios of distress were being played out – including fires, extreme dryness and water rationing.
The word consensus wasn’t being thrown around in those days to silence debate, but the prevailing attitude was that most scientists were considered to believe in a global cooling period. And that would lead to – wait for it – erratic weather patterns that could have devastating effects on the world’s population. The ultimate concern was that the earth was entering another ice age, and even our earnest Earth Day organizers predicted disaster due to global cooling.
Scientific forecasting told us that the world would be several degrees colder by the 1990s, and by the turn of the century we would be well beyond the stage in which another ice age was a certainty.
These days we get the usual wailing about human-caused changes to the climate, which now is warming and, by the way, must be causing the California drought today. As noted, liberals hate to have history explained to them, but California is known to be subject to regular periods of drought; and even our let’s-hide-the changes-we’ve-made-to-the-climate-data-NOAA admits that California’s current difficulties are due to recurring weather patterns that have nothing to do with any supposed climate change, man-induced or otherwise.
Back in the 1970s, when faced with the same situation, Brown talked about difficult choices and sacrifices required of California’s long-suffering citizens. He could have at least reused portions of those speeches in the last couple of years, but environmental politics preclude remembering the wasted rallying cries of yesteryear.
Another thing that liberals hate to admit to is the cronyism and mismanagement of California’s water infrastructure due to decades of one-party rule. Money that should have been spent on needed improvements has gone to paying off the normal cast of characters locked in the monetary embrace of unions, special interests and rich donors that control California politics. The drought is driven by nature, but the issues associated with it are exacerbated by weak policies.
The political exigencies of rich environmentalists override the needs of the majority of the population as over 50% of the state’s water is flushed to the ocean, since reservoirs are emptied to enable assisted river flows for small numbers of fish. Desalinization plants, which have provided sufficient drinking water for the desert lands of Israel, are not being built for political reasons.
Extreme left-wing anti-humanity groups continue to work, funded by government grants, to destroy development while fighting viciously against new water storage capability which is necessary for a growing population. And what of the future? It has been known for decades that without new storage there will be no ability to manage through those times when nature doesn’t bless the Golden State.
Who knows – maybe in another 30 years Jerry Brown’s preserved brain will be giving speeches about drought conditions caused by excessive cosmic rays from Van Allen Belt depletion triggered by asteroid mining at the lunar LaGrange points?
Or maybe we can just recycle his speeches from the 1970s.
Doug Magill is a consultant and freelance writer. He can be reached at email@example.com