“Hair On” Fire Drill Fridays

Accidentally ran into this on News Now. Hanoi Jane leading a rally of nutjobs in the cause of stopping the world from burning to a crisp. Really, they think we’re burning up. So we have these folks “demonstrating” every Friday (because shouting and crying and being in a panic is SO effective at changing the weather….)

The present speaker is a Native American who spent the first few minutes talking in her tribal language (where maybe a few folks back home had some clue what she was saying) but after swapping to English assured us “our house is on fire” and we need to stop the “million species extinction”.

Oddly, the way to do that is by leveraging banks to stop funding to oil, gas and coal companies. Oh, and funnel all that Lovely Money to the Green New Deal trough feeders instead… Strange how Climate responds to increased flow of money to Loony Lefty Pockets.

It is funny to watch these folks, all bundled up against the cold, ranting about Global Warming.

Well, the good news is that they seem to be entirely ineffectual and look silly. There are no “crowd shots” but the shouts of approval sound like maybe a few hundred and mostly a high register. Lots of conflating “feminist” issues with their stated climate agenda (because, you know, using an electric car stops descrimination and oppression of women – or so the multi millionaire woman running the show seems to think…)

Guess ‘ol Hanoi Jane was just feeling left out and needed to create a forum for gathering in that sycophant admiration she craves.

Looks like the hot phrase Du Jour is “our house is on fire”… even if you need to put on wooly underwear, long coats, and knitted hats so you don’t get hypothermia. Scary scary fire fire, ooooh, be afraid, be very afraid. To make the fear go away, pull money out of evil banks funding evil oil and send it to Green New Deal, care of…


No live link as I don’t see the need…

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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6 Responses to “Hair On” Fire Drill Fridays

  1. Julian Jones says:

    Certainly there is localised summer warming, loss of soil carbon (and associated endothermic microbial respiration processes), water resources and severe biodiversity loss in much of the world … but this can all be largely accounted for through changes in farming practice during past century and of course the use of toxic chemicals.

    Here in UK the Govt of course (like most others engaged with this) blame ‘climate change’, rather than their incompetence in managing the land and population levels. We’re actually facing a 20% cut in per capita water use over coming decades, with desalination plants and other corporate profiteering.


    Rather than fix these problem (drought or flood) they talk in terms of ‘resilience’ – ie kick the can down the road, and sod the public who pay ever higher insurance (if they can get it) a fairly empirical measure of what is going on.

    Similar going on in California I suspect, though no business of mine. Compromised transpiration caused by ChemAg degrading annual snow pack in mountains etc …

  2. Robert Austin says:

    “Compromised transpiration caused by ChemAg degrading annual snow pack in mountains etc …”

    Getting a little hyperbolic, aren’t we?

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    @Robert Austin:

    While not high on the list of issues, there’s a very significant impact from tilled land vs natural grass lands on local temperature profiles and to some extent evapotranspiration.

    The old saw is that to drain the pond you plant a bunch of Eucalyptus around it (as they put tons of water in the air…)

    Well, that water goes up-slope to the Sierra Nevada and becomes rain or snow there.

    Originally the central valley was covered in Valley Oaks. Giant trees. The natural ground cover tended to hold the water from the natural rains and floods, then offer it back up as evapotranspiration. Now that cycle is pretty much broken. In winter, what isn’t captured in lakes and behind dams tends to be rapidly flushed out to sea. The ground is ploughed and quickly dries out in the sun. Pumping ground water has caused some areas to drop by several feet.

    Overall, the process is desiccating and raises air temperatures. But it can take decades to show up in ground water levels.

    In the shorter term, irrigation can lower temperatures and raise local humidity.

    So where’s the balance? I doubt anyone knows.

    Without the dams, lakes, and ground water pumping, California is a land of episodic floods and deserts. “Lake Sacramento” was the nickname for the minor shallow inland sea that would form in high rain years. One of the largest inland lakes in the USA was Tulare Lake


    Tulare Lake, Laguna de Tache in Spanish, is a freshwater dry lake with residual wetlands and marshes in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California, United States. After Lake Cahuilla disappeared in the 17th century, Tulare Lake was the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River and the second-largest freshwater lake entirely in the United States (as parts of the Great Lakes belong to Canada), based upon surface area. A remnant of Pleistocene-era Lake Corcoran, Tulare Lake dried up after its tributary rivers were diverted for agricultural irrigation and municipal water uses.

    Now basically a semi-desert area with water shortages and fights over irrigation water rights.

    An extreme case? Yes, certainly. Turning a lake and marsh into dry and semi-arid land is not your typical result of agricultural uses. Then again, our rainfall is very low and it doesn’t take much to shift the balance from net accumulation to net evaporation. Then the mountains down wind eventually show the results too when the air starts to arrive dry. Water vapour that would have arrived in winter as snow instead evaporated in summer as irrigation water and long gone.

    Was it hyperbolic to assert the loss of snow pack was significant? Probably. But it will depend on the specifics of the place…

  4. Julian Jones says:

    Many thanks RA & EM …
    Yes, its not exactly rocket science; but with huge variability as EM states (from solar factors – see climategate – to the constant changes in land use/cropping/hydrographic characteristics; oceanic thermal oscillations etc – that are rarely applied in modelling) but it is in most respects a ‘mass balance exercise’. Reasonable amount of software tools available but incomplete models.
    And fairly well referenced now in the literature, eg https://www.nature.com/articles/nature11390
    If loss of soil humus/carbon (USLE) increases then capillary action and consequent soil water absorption capacity is degraded; aquifer recharge compromised; extremes of precipitation are more likely. This is substantially why we swing from flood to drought in UK; greatly exacerbated by our ‘just in time’ water supply infrastructure; and farm chemical contamination of aquifers another key
    The anecdotal evidence is also strong enough that these effects are very serious in their implications. Advising on projects in SW Asia; where there are still a few pastoralists maintaining pastures and the wider ecology (the soil carbon ‘sponge’) on foothills then the adjacent mountains still maintain good snow pack; and in turn can water the ecology on the foothills.
    We saw the converse in a remarkable film funded by venture capitalist & arch EU sceptic, the late Sir James Goldsmith ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq0kWs1q3hI&t=147s ) 1hr 26 mins Worth a watch (or re-watch) of From the Heart of the World – The Elder Brother’s Warning, Alan Ereira, a 1990 film on climate change. In this case, aridification of an isolated mountain (caused by disruption / destruction of water cycle / natural landscapes & ecology around its base); we have much the same going on in most of the planet of course. Film informative of shamanic practice in env management in a remaining remnant pre-Colombian culture.

  5. tom0mason says:

    Meanwhile in other parts of the world Global Warming mishits the mark with more proof that kids will know what snow is …
    Fri, 10 Jan 2020 Snow falls on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

    Fri, 10 Jan 2020 snowfall in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia



    Sat, 11 Jan 2020 Heavy snowfall in Turkey

    Sun, 12 Jan 2020 Snowfall hits South Sinai, Egypt

    Sun, 12 Jan 2020 At least 17 killed as extreme cold sweeps across Afghanistan


  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Nice Snow Pictures… From AFRICA & The Mediterranean ;-)

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