Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Those that actually understand climate and science are frequently accused of treating the science as if religion. You know "Scientology." 

This is the Goddess of Nature. The religion is not well received because she is HOT. The ideology of religion in the USA doesn't recognize the reality of the female body and it's power, so she is kicked to the curb.

So, in reality all scientists are pagans, I suppose, because it isn't Scientology.

Get a life, it is all a lie. Scientists tithe to their Baptist and Catholic Parishes on a regular basis. They are not all Christian either, they are Hebrew and Muslim as well as any other religion across the spectrum of the USA, too. They are born and baptized and die with church services. Are all scientists faithful to god? No. Just like the rest of the country.

Southern California's problems is far greater then the smelt.

The tiny delta smelt (click here) is one of the best indicators of environmental conditions in the San Francisco Bay-Delta, an ecologically important estuary that is a major hub for California’s water system — and an ecosystem that is now rapidly unraveling. The “smeltdown in the Delta,” as the extinction trajectory of delta smelt is known, has left the once-abundant species in critical condition due to record-high water diversions, pollutants, and harmful nonnative species that thrive in the degraded Delta habitat....

Southern California has a problem with salt and the viability of agriculture there. Currently, the outlook for agriculture itself in Southern California is dim. The decades of irrigation has built up a salt deposit in the farm lands and it kills the crops.

Status and Causes of Soil Salinization of Irrigated Agricultural Lands in Southern Baja California, Mexico (click here)

Selected farmlands in southern Baja California, Mexico, were surveyed to determine the levels and the causes of salinization/sodication in irrigated agricultural soil. The salt dynamics observed in profiles differed from farm to farm. Low EC and high pH levels were observed in the profiles of sandy fields, because the salt composition of these soils can easily change when salts are leached by irrigation water that contains carbonates of sodium. On the other hand, high levels of salinity and sodicity were observed in the soils of clayey fields. Soil salinization/sodication is complexly interrelated with soil characteristics, the amount and composition of salts in the soil, the quantity and quality of irrigation water applied, and the irrigation methods used. Our findings indicate that irrigation water in Baja California should be supplied at a rate that is sufficient to meet crop requirements without exacerbating salt accumulation....

To pump more water means the soil salination increases and become intractable.

The people of Southern California have to make the decisions to move on because if they are dependent on harvesting produce crops their livelihoods are endangered.

The ONLY fault the State of California holds is not retraining these people to move on with their lives.

There isn't ANY good news here. There isn't good news for the people and/or the farmers and/or the California economy and/or the USA.

Salinity in the Central Valley: A critical problem (click here)

Posted by: Gary Pitzer on October 19, 2009 at 8:10 am
By Gary Pitzer, Water Education Foundation
...Unlike most coastal communities where salt has direct outlets to the ocean, in parts of the Central Valley there's inadequate outlets, or even no way out, and salt accumulates. That is dire news for the crops. The excess salinity squeezes the productive life out of some of the most fertile soils in the world.   On the municipal side, communities are spending increasing amounts of money to comply with water quality discharge standards designed to limit salinity....
...However, a portion of the salts originating in the Sacramento Basin reach the Delta pumps of the state and federal water projects and contribute to salinity problems in the San Joaquin Valley and other regions of the State.
The San Joaquin Basin receives considerably less rainfall than the Sacramento Basin....
Add to the NORMAL reality of this region the fact there is now record drought due to the Climate Crisis the dangers of salination and loss of crop land is extremely significant.
January 20, 2014
Renee Montagne
...Jerry Brown (click here) says the state is facing possibly the worst drought it has ever seen since record keeping began about 100 years ago. For more on the drought and its impact, Renee Montagne talks to Michael Hanemann, professor of agricultural and resource economics at University of California, Berkeley....

The Smelt is not the enemy. It is a far larger problem and the CITY FOLKS that want to do what they want to do without understanding the entire issue need to get a life. They always treat environmentalists and conservationists as though they don't have a conscience and don't care about people. That isn't the case.
I am curious about something when it comes to the $100 million in grants requested by Hoboken after Superstorm Sandy.

The World Financial Center in Hoboken (click here)

Was there any old damage that existed before the storm included in the grant request?

I am sure there was plenty of water damage and perhaps broken windows. There are problems with broken glass in taller buildings during these storms. Then water damage follows. I am just wondering how much of that damage was covered by insurance and how much of the requested funds was actual Sandy damage. That will enter the picture in the US Attorney investigation since Mayor Zimmer is claiming she was blackmailed by the Lieutenant Governor and refused her full requests.

I find it hard to believe a Governor who was so involved in this district of the country as a US Attorney for so many years, prosecuting corruption at every turn would deny funds that were so obviously needed. It seems as though the denial of monies in the way of grants were actually a reflection on the disrepair of the city. I doubt he wanted to be caught up in any questions regarding disbursement of funds that were inappropriate.

I am sure there are monies needed for Hoboken to move forward with sincerely needed development, but, the truth of the situation may very well be that they are dealing with a Governor with a tight fist when distributing funds to be ? perhaps ? over cautious to steer away from potential corruption found while he was in office.

He just knows the lay of the land so well and that includes property values and disrepair. I suppose it will all be clearer in time. In the meantime, the Mayors in need of funding to recover from Sandy probably should set up a conference meeting with the Governor to discuss the decision making process.

One more thing. I don't see Chris Christi as an unfeeling man. Abrupt. Rough around the ends. A far different personality than people are used to hearing from well honed politicians. But, he knows these people. He didn't fight the good fight for so many years to benefit himself. He did it for the people of New Jersey. You'll never convince me he didn't care about the people of Hoboken.

"I am a global warming denier." Good-bye Mr. Coburn.

I don't really care the reason he is leaving, he hasn't saved lives that is for damn sure.

Oklahoma Sen. Coburn: Tornado relief funds must be offset with spending cuts (click here)
By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:10 EST
...The death toll in Oklahoma as of Tuesday morning stood at 24, seven of them children,according to revised figures from the state’s medical examiner’s office. Earlier death reports included much higher numbers, but officials later said that some of the victims were counted twice amid Monday’s chaos. Local hospitals took in hundreds of people injured by flying debris as well, including 70 children. Authorities in Moore, Oklahoma have said they expect the death toll to rise....

In this May 31, 2013 file photo a tornado forms near Banner Road and Praire Circle in El Reno, Okla. The National Weather Service says the deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week was another top-of-the-scale EF5 that packed winds reaching 295 mph. The weather service also says the twister's 2.6-mile width is the widest ever recorded. (Alonzo Adams / Associated Press / May 31, 2013)

I don't believe there was a year that passed in the recent decades Oklahoma didn't suffer deaths due to huge tornadoes and tornado outbreaks in the double digits.
'Amazing' Oklahoma tornado was largest in U.S. history (click here)

June 4, 20133:15 p.m.

A tornado that swept through Oklahoma on Friday was the widest tornado in American history, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.
The El Reno, Okla., tornado scraped out a damage path up to 2.6 miles wide and 16.2 miles long, a swath at points wider and longer than Manhattan. The storm broke the record held by a 2.5-mile-wide Hallam, Neb., twister.
"It was amazing and something that's extremely rare," Howard Bluestein, professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, said of the storm's strength -- which now presents a puzzle for researchers whose solution could help mean the difference between life and death.
The human aftermath left by Friday's twister was painfully apparent, with at least 18 people killed in the latest massive tornado to carve through Oklahoma this spring.
The storm itself, however, remains much more of a mystery.
Researchers don't know why the twister got as big and powerful as it did, and its strength wasn't immediately apparent as it scoured a rural area, leaving few of the physical clues that help determine wind speeds....