Friday, September 15, 2017

Lake Okeechobee, the Herbert Hoover Dike, and Peter Schorsch warns of “Godwin’s Law”.


“When forced to choose between living with humans or going down with Mother Nature, I may be selfish, but I’ll side with humans.”
Quote by journalist Peter Schorsch, and. . .

At the end of this blog post is the definition of Godwin’s Law.

It sounds inconceivable anyone would think a breach and resulting collapse of the Herbert Hoover Dike would “fix everything”, but that is exactly what one ‘environmentalist’ suggested. If you didn’t know, there is a mass grave in West Palm Beach with bodies recovered when the previous dike collapsed. You can learn more about that using this link.

Reporter Susan Salisbury at The Palm Beach Post had this news last July titled, “Glades area farmers say environmental groups spread misinformation and are anti-farmer”. There’s very little ramping down of the debate by some in the environmental community whose desire is to construct another reservoir and “Send The Water South!” from Lake Okeechobee.

The reaction from the “Belle Glade-based EAA Farmers”, according to Salisbury, was very quick and similarly very strongly worded:

EAA [Everglades Agricultural Area] Farmers spokeswoman Danielle Alvarez said, “While farmers are working overtime to save locally grown crops from the damage of the once-in-a-century rain event [June’s record rainfall], once again, the anti-farmer activists at the Everglades Trust and Bullsugar are hijacking this devastating weather event [emphasis added] and using it as part of their campaign, shamelessly spreading more harmful misinformation about the hardworking men and women who farm the fresh vegetables, fruits and grains that are served on tables across America.

A critic of the EAA farmers, Peter Girard responded with this:

“We’re for stopping toxic discharges to our estuaries and providing clean freshwater to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. EAA farmers have an opportunity to play a key role in these initiatives, and we’re hopeful that they will,” Girard said.

Am reminded of a recent quote by Michael Busha, the Executive Dir. of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, who summed up the ideal way to solve vexing problems:

“Get everyone in the same room and not leave until you have a solution.”
Why? Because if this debate doesn’t settle down, and very soon, this is what will happen. Again.

Peter Schorsch at the Florida Politics blog originally broke this story last February; here are some excerpts:

For those of you paying attention, however, they have no doubt been aware of the release of excess water from Lake Okeechobee, a result of historically high El Niño rainfall in South Florida.
     Unsurprisingly, environmentalists have been vocal in opposition. But this time, the rhetoric may be getting out of hand.

and. . .

     In one email, an activist named ■■■■ ■■■■■■■■■ goes beyond the pale.
     ■■■■■■■■■, in an especially nasty rant, wishes death via a disastrous Herbert Hoover Dike failure, resulting in the death of thousands of South Floridians. Such a catastrophe would “fix everything,” [emphasis added] noting the human toll would be “inconceivable.”
     But the benefits to the environment would be “immeasurable,” he concludes, drawing a line in the sand. “Question is … Which side are you on? Human or nature?

Lastly, Mr. Schorsch has this observation. . .

     It may seem passe to say so, but wishing death on opponents is not the most efficient way of winning hearts and minds.
     When forced to choose between living with humans or going down with Mother Nature, I may be selfish, but I’ll side with humans.

Understandably, there is a lot of frustration about Lake Okeechobee, “Send It South!”, water storage and water releases, but there needs to be some perspective as well.

In the article cited above by Peter Schorsch is a reference to Godwin’s Law: What happens when the debate gets completely out of control and the likelihood “of inappropriate hyperbolic comparisons” increases exponentially and all reason and reasonable debate on the issues is lost.

Good advice.

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