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Climate-change denial, right here in California

September 13, 2018

By Calvin Welch : 48hills – excerpt

Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom and so many other Democrats say climate change is a real threat — but their policies on the local level don’t reflect that.

“In California, facts and science still matter,” said Gov. Jerry Brown in a prepared statement. “These findings are profoundly serious and will continue to guide us as we confront the apocalyptic threat of irreversible climate change.” (on the release of California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, SF Comical, August 28, 2018)

While Gov. Brown loves to bash Trump’s climate change denial as “irrational,” while smugly claiming that “facts and science still matter” in his state, the actual facts on applied climate change denial reveal the exact opposite. Brown and his Sacramento corporate Democrat allies, assisted by the likes of the Chronicle and SPUR, are adopting a pro-corporate agenda that, in fact, denies climate change impacts in an increasingly irrational manner.

While talking climate change, they act as if it simply did not exist.  And they get away with it. Time and again…

The assessment projections of climate change impacts are the most detailed and up-to-date available; they include 44 technical reports, nine regional reports, three topical reports and a Statewide Summary. It lays out the known facts and current science of how rising temperatures affect weather patterns and sea temperatures, which cause sea levels and tides to rise, change rainfall frequency and patterns, and in a California context results in both droughts and periodic “atmospheric rivers.” …

the assessment places a huge emphasis on the role of neighborhoods and communities in both devising plans and implementation strategies, claiming that the role of community organizations and social networks “is now emerging clearly” and may be “a most important factor.”.. (more)

The voices of community organizations and social networks are being silenced or ignored by our state representatives silenced or ignored, so this would be a welcome about-face for them.

What is rational about building on landfill on the waterfront at or near sea level if you believe in climate change and sea level rise and promote yourself as an expert? Now that we have added sinking to the equation, isn’t it time to move the focus on new development to higher elevations away from the ocean?

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