Quite wonderful

Apparently rising sea levels are killing Louisiana:

Isle de Jean Charles has lost 98% of its land and most of its population to rising sea levels…..Billiot and his equally sprightly 91-year-old wife, Denecia Naquin, are among the last remaining residents of this island, which has lost 98% of its land and most of its population to coastal erosion and rising sea levels since 1955…….to address an entire community’s resettlement needs due to climate change……as the effects of climate change begin to be felt more acutely along the coasts of North America and indigenous communities in Alaska face similar prospects of disappearing land.

etc, etc, etc.

And when it’s the sodding Huffington Post which tells you that your idea is bollocks you know you’ve got some problems:

Stunned by what was then the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, Congress passed the Flood Control Act of 1928, which ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent such a flood from ever happening again. By the mid-1930s, the corps had done its job, putting the river in a straitjacket of levees.

But the project that made the river safe for the communities along the river would eventually squeeze the life out of the delta. The mud walls along the river sealed it off from the landscape sustained by its sediment. Without it, the sinking of land that only occurred during dry cycles would start, and never stop.

If that were all we had done to the delta, scientists have said, the wetlands that existed in the 1930s could largely be intact today. The natural pace of sinking — scientists call it subsidence — would have been mere millimeters per year.

But we didn’t stop there. Just as those levees were built, a nascent oil and gas industry discovered plentiful reserves below the delta’s marshes, swamps and ridges.

At the time, wetlands were widely considered worthless — places that produced only mosquitoes, snakes and alligators. The marsh was a wilderness where few people could live, or even wanted to.

There were no laws protecting wetlands. Besides, more than 80 percent of this land was in the hands of private landowners who were happy to earn a fortune from worthless property.

Free to choose the cheapest, most direct way to reach drilling sites, oil companies dredged canals off natural waterways to transport rigs and work crews. The canals averaged 13 to 16 feet deep and 140 to 150 feet wide — far larger than natural, twisting waterways.

It’s not in fact sea level rise and thus not climate change. It’s the engineering of the river system. That is, the land is sinking and being washed away, not the sea rising to cover it.

11 thoughts on “Quite wonderful”

  1. This is the scam all over.

    What will people recall?

    My leftie mates will argue:
    ‘What about the wetlands in Louisiana then, eh? Warble gloaming killing us , eh?’

    And I wil say. Not true.

    They will say: Yeah. yeah…. and try to pat me on the head.


  2. @ Gamecock – possibly. I no longer care. It won’t be me. Can really no longer be arsed to worry about it.

    The meagre satisfaction I get from the life these cunts leave me with, resides largely in calling them cunts at every available opportunity.


  3. FYI The draining of the fens around Ely in the 17th century led to a similar result. The same sinking has been happening in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk for centuries.

  4. Robert:

    You beat me to it!

    When I moved here (45 years ago) to New Jersey just a bit south of Philadelphia and close to the Delaware River (average elevation less than 2m), I became acquainted with a local building contractor who owned “pasture land” in the bogs. He had organized other owners of such land to form a “pasture association” whose purpose was to drain (and thus improve) the considerable acreage.

    I had, even without really knowing anything about it, some misgivings about the advisability of the project. And, in an effort to learn something that might be useful to my new acquaintance, I “read up” on such projects (in the Brittanica–before the internet) and learned of the experience in England with similar efforts. I was considered a “city boy,” however, and so, my advice (and explanations) fell on deaf ears.

    The acreage in question behaved in precisely the way I’d read about (and predicted), subsiding at least 1m (and a bit more, in places)–in 5 to 10 years, I’d say.

  5. Locally over the last decade every time there is a flood someone claim that it is due to global warming. The floods have nothing to do with climate change. The problem is that the floods have been occurring for for decades.

    One area that became a dangerous flood plain in the early 80s is the Streets Run valley. In the late 70s a new shopping area was built at the headwaters of Streets Run. Existing creeks were moved into storm sewers which flow right into the steam. Now when we have a typical summer thunderstorm the stream overflows it’s concrete retaining walls flooding the area.

    At one point everyone knew exactly what the cause was. Kids today don’t remember what things were like before urban sprawl and attempt to claim this flooding is solely due to global warming. The problem is ignorance of which man made problem causes the flooding.

  6. There is a reason why insurance companies refused to sell flood insurance to houses build on flood plain…

  7. Dearieme: If news reaches you that the Dutch and Belgians are hauling ass, it’s time to worry.
    That’s the point where a bit of preparation and a lot of technology gives in..

    Until then? Meh…..

  8. Intractable Potsherd

    There is another factor, though it is not as marked now as it was. The weight of ice before it receded ~10k years ago pushed down the northern parts of continents (in the northern hemisphere, obviously). Gradually, the land has been rebounding, and the southern edges have been dropping down. There are some great examples of castles in the UK that used to have doors at the level of the water, but are now 30 feet or more above land.

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