AMERICAN DARK AGES

AMERICAN DARK AGES

In a piece for To The Point News, Victor Davis Hanson argues that American perverse logic has stepped back into the dark ages:

The California drought is the locus classicus of 21st-century know-nothingism.

In a nutshell, periodic three- to four-year droughts are not abnormal in California. They can be predicated on little-understood changing oceanic temperatures, mostly known as “El Nino,” that involve the heating and cooling of central Pacific Ocean currents, which in turn adjudicate the number and nature of productive storms heading down the western coast of North America.

Such droughts and the role of El Nino predated man-made concerns over global warming.

No matter. The president of the United States not long ago flew into Fresno, declared the dry spell the wages of global warming, and flew out to the environs of Palm Springs to golf on well-watered fairways in a desert.

The drought problem is not just that the state cancelled the later phases of the massive California Water Project, but that it also diverted precious stored water from reservoirs out to sea, in service to unproven theories about fish restoration.

The Enlightenment idea would have been to make prior arrangements for the periodic absence of El Nino currents, by building more reservoirs, curbing releases of stored water for green experimentation, and matching population growth with new infrastructure.

The un-Enlightenment preference is to freeze reservoir construction, to damn farmers as water-wasters, to claim that immigrants are being scapegoated for the drought, and to ignore El Nino facts in preference to global warming theories.

One Response to “AMERICAN DARK AGES”

  1. You know, someone might feel butthurt after reading this. You should put a trigger alert into your headline.
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