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"The chickadees never came back"

Yesterday's New York Times carried a story about evidence that climate change is well underway:
(A map accompanies the article)

One of the reader comments, from a J.B. in Oklahoma, really struck me—maybe because it reminded me of my favorite Ray Bradbury story, "There will come soft rains."  J.B. wrote:

Yesterday a wildfire raged to the north of OKC, and another in the northern part of the state. And this before summer even starts. This when we had some rain not so long ago in this drought-bedeviled state.

It wasn't always so. But over the last five years, drought has decimated everything here. Crops and herds have been lost, and a third or more of the trees are dead. And it's starting up again now. We aren't the only ones; it's all through the south and southwest of the nation. When your food prices keep rising and rising, you should know why.

Yeah, we had an ice storm this winter. We had a wet summer last year, thank God. Like water on a patient dying of fever it was. But there's no real recovery when the drought and heat take so much, and then a little pause, and then on with it again. When the temperatures here hit 117 F, all the birds died. The chickadees never came back.

When these changes disrupt your food supply and your suppositions that there will be fresh water and plenty for your children, don't imagine that no one warned you. I'm not mad at anyone; I understand how hard it is to think things are changing so fast and dangerously. But I believe the science and my knowledge of this place.

And I dread the summer already, as the smoke from the north comes in my window now.


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May. 12th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
And Saturday in the St. Pete Times a letter writer (angrily) wrote wanting to know why Americans should be the only ones sacrificing to try to curb climate change, basically saying that other countries weren't doing their fair share so why should we bother? If China isn't going to help, why should we do anything that inconveniences us? Why indeed.
May. 14th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
I don't understand why green technology to replace to eco-unfriendly stuff can't be developed in America and sold to companies in China and India.
May. 15th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
You said "St. Pete Times," which shows what a strong brand the newspaper had and is trying to piss away under the misbegotten notion that more readers can be attracted with a mere name change. As we say in the business to the point that it's a cliché, "content is king." They could call the newspaper The National Oyster and sell it if it had content readers are interested in.
May. 16th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
I refuse to call that paper anything else. And as far as the green technology etc., we here in the Sunshine State have a Senator, Marco Rubio, who is on record as a non-believer in global warming generally ("I think all science deserves skepticism.") thinks it is not man made, and any efforts to curb it would not only be fruitless but would HARM THE ECONOMY, AND a governor who is anti- green technology. So, we have all that going for us, which is nice.... It's too bad we don't have nearly limitless sources of solar and wind enegy that we could tap into here and basically fuel everything.
May. 16th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
Here's a nice little piece about Rubio by Paul Krugman of the NYT:

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