Tuesday, December 1, 2015

As if the 7th Annual Climate Summit in Key West didn't have enough to deal with

The message of climate change and rising sea levels is a moving target and a quick one at that. On any given day the focus can change as Evan Halper at the Los Angeles Times explains. Here is an excerpt:
      As world leaders convene in Paris this week to confront the long-term threat of global warming, the fact that their talks are taking place in a city still recovering from a deadly terrorist attack has amped up a long-running debate about how much climate change contributes to extremist violence. [emphasis added]
     The question is playing prominently in the U.S. presidential race. The bitter disagreement it has spawned underscores the challenge climate activists face in selling their broader message to the public.
     Activists consider climate change an existential crisis that demands immediate attention. But its link to any specific occurrence, whether an individual storm or an act of terrorism, is tough to pin down. That makes the activists' case harder to sell to the public.
In this blog post addressed what I think contributes to the public confusion on this issue of climate change. (And, no, I'm not a denier. My position is I don't have the answers.) The Monroe County Commission is considering doing a study on the feasibility of adding monorail along the Keys which will undoubtedly be a huge infrastructure project. If sea levels are rising shouldn't the message be to discourage massive projects like this? Especially in very low-lying areas like the Keys?

The confusion increases when you have scientists who do lectures for the public on climate change doing things like this:
"McVoy" is Lake Worth Commissioner Chris McVoy who is at the Climate Summit in Key West this week. The Casino building next to the Atlantic Ocean wasn't constructed with pilings.