NY Times Visualizes Statue Of Liberty Covered By The Seas From Hotcoldwetdry

I was really hoping this piece of science fiction, er, opinion piece was offered by the whole editorial board, alas, it’s by some guy named James Atlas, who’s crazy op-ed piece is part of a raft of crazy pieces at the times, such as Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines, What Could Disappear, Paying for Future Catastrophes, and

Is This the End?

No, but it might make for some side splitting reading.

WE’D seen it before: the Piazza San Marco in Venice submerged by the acqua alta; New Orleans underwater in the aftermath of Katrina; the wreckage-strewn beaches of Indonesia left behind by the tsunami of 2004. We just hadn’t seen it here. (Last summer’s Hurricane Irene did a lot of damage on the East Coast, but New York City was spared the worst.) “Fear death by water,” T. S. Eliot intoned in “The Waste Land.” We do now.

Venice is located in a swampy, waterlogged area of many islands, which has been subsiding for a long, long time. Those parts of New Orleans were already below sea level. The Indonesian tsunami had nothing to do with globull warming.

There had been warnings. In 2009, the New York City Panel on Climate Change issued a prophetic report. “In the coming decades, our coastal city will most likely face more rapidly rising sea levels and warmer temperatures, as well as potentially more droughts and floods, which will all have impacts on New York City’s critical infrastructure,” said William Solecki, a geographer at Hunter College and a member of the panel. But what good are warnings? Intelligence agents received advance word that terrorists were hoping to hijack commercial jets. Who listened? (Not George W. Bush.) If we can’t imagine our own deaths, as Freud insisted, how can we be expected to imagine the death of a city?

Ugh, another Truther. Who would have been livid had George Bush put troops in the airports for months, if not years. There had been warnings for years that Bin Laden was determined to strike the US with commercial planes…..oh, moving on from utter left wing rantings of moonbattery…

YET we return home from our travels intoxicated by beauty, not truth. It doesn’t occur to us that we, too, will one day be described in a guidebook (Fodor’s North America 2212?) as metropolitans who resided in 60-story towers and traveled beneath the waves in metal-sheathed trains.

I told you this was funny. I think I read that book a few months ago. It was called Shadows Live Under Seashells by Allan J Ashinoff, which included those trains traveling around a floating city.

It’s this willed ignorance, I suspect, that explains why it’s difficult to process the implications of climate change for New York, even in the face of explicit warnings from politicians, not the most future-oriented people.

To quote Instapundit: “As I said before, I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.” You Climate Terrorists, er, Warmists, have been spreading awareness for well over 20 years, yet you rarely act on your beliefs within your own lives.

Here’s the kicker

The statue of liberty is 305 feet, 1 inch from the base of the pedestal to the torch. Add a couple feet of height for the island itself. And the rising of the seas is well within the historical norm for the last 7,000 years (when the massive sea height increase from the end of the last glacial period slowed). But, hey, don’t let reality get in the way. Let’s scare people!

Crossed at Right Wing News and Stop The ACLU.

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Comment by Orson Snow
2012-11-25 12:25:12

Ummm…the Hudson River was never that clear. You can’t see your hand in front of your face. Perhaps they should cut their losses and call it a win. Clearer and cleaner water.
Orson

 
Comment by William Teach
2012-11-25 19:13:46

Good point. Add in all that fresh, clear water, and all the fish might no longer need glasses to see.

 
Comment by Stloucat
2012-11-26 09:06:44

Huh…. I thought it was supposed to represent the US debt!

 
Comment by Trish Subscribed to comments via email
2012-11-26 14:01:24

@stloucat-

A whole lot of global warming believers, truly fall for this BS. And it’s a pity. They should inform themselves better, but remain willfully ignorant of facts in order to save the world. It would be noble, if only weren’t so clueless to the real method to the madness. All this is is another giant power grab by leftists and re-distribution of OUR wealth to lesser countries. It won’t stop climate change. Climate change can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
Amen.

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2012-11-26 16:14:26

Why would\should GWB have anything to do with a state report on future climate change? Leave it to a liberal to ignore their own responsibilities and place blame at a Republican who is no longer in office. NICE!

Also, if you don’t build your structures and your city based on estimated storm damage, then when a storm comes along, you are going to get damaged.

Everyone plays the odds when it comes to mother nature. Get over it.

Also, … this doofus really misses the point. When it comes to ingenuity and overcoming adversity, we humans excel above all other species. I think trains underwater with an above water city is AWESOME idea. Seems…. strangely … familiar … though.

Where have I heard about this ???
Oh well, not like it’ll ever happen.

 

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