The last bit of "settled science" first published in the Guardian in 2000 and solemnly recited as gospel by the NYT and every other major media outfit posing as distributors of truth was that "In England, snowfalls are now a thing of the past". When, of course, it resumed snowing in Great Britain after a three-year period, those experts responded, first by erasing the original article from the web and then postulating an entirely new theory that acknowledged reality but turned the original statement of fact on its head, as BBC did last year: "Will snow become a thing of the past? No, due to climate change,snowstorms will only become worse".
It is entirely predictable that the same people who argued against maintaining dams in California and building new ones will repeat this process, but it will take a few months. Until then, we can enjoy their perceived wisdom as expressed the past few years. Greenwich home owners who have suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands, evan millions of dollars because our Town Planner, a staunch parishioner of the Church of the Holy Gaia, has pushed their properties into non-compliance status, might wonder whether their sacrifice has really been worth it. The science says it has not.
From the L.A. Times, July 2015:
Dams are a relic of the Industrial Age…. They’re particularly ill-suited to the era of extremes—heat waves, floods and droughts—that climate change has brought on.
The New Republic, April 2015:
The Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick said: “Even if we built a couple of dams, we don’t have water to fill them. We’re tapped out. The traditional answer of building more reservoirs won’t solve our problems.” Building additional reservoirs does little when there’s no snow or rain to fill them."
California governor Jerry Brown in August 2015, responding to calls from GOP presidential candidates to build new dams and renovate old ones:
I’ve never heard of such utter ignorance. Building a dam won’t do a damn thing about fires or climate change or the absence of moisture in the air and ground of California. If they want to run for president, they had better do eighth grade science before they made such utterances.
The Sacramento Bee summed it up succinctly: “Questions loom about the value of such projects in an era of scarcity.” Because indeed, leftist voodoo practitioners had brainwashed the state into believing this was an “era of scarcity.” We were told that Mother Earth was punishing us for our CO2 sins by withholding her precious water, and rainfall would only return once we submitted to cap and trade and international climate-change treaties. And anyone who dared suggest that the drought was a passing thing, that weather was not permanent but fluctuating, was ridiculed for not knowing “eighth grade science.”
Witch doctors in white coats who study tree stumps like gypsies read tea leaves told The San Jose Mercury News in 2014 that the drought might last over one hundred, maybe even one thousand, years. If you Google “California,” “drought,” and “will last” or “may last,” you’ll see endless links to left-certified “scientific” snake-handlers who claimed, right up until a few months ago, that the drought may last hundreds of years, or thousands of years, or “forever.”