Wildfires on the rise

Wildfires on the rise

Well, everyone’s either talking about global warming, or trying to convince me that there is no such thing, or prepping for the end of the world as we know it.  Some preppers do it because they are paranoid freaks who think having a black president is going to bring about the end of democracy (as if we still have any, after 30 years of republican rule).    

Back to weather.  Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman had an excellent show on extreme weather yesterday, Tues August 10.  Every time I check out the news there are mudslides in China, fires in California and Arizona, drought in Russia so bad forest fires are raging out of control, deadly heat waves in 18 of our states, floods in many parts of the world.


This is the link to the Environmental Defense Fund.  They raise money to promote green jobs, reduce co2 emissions and help us to change the way we live our lives so that we can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are killing our climate.

They have information on green energy jobs in every state and explain how switching to renewable energy will provide more jobs, which we desperately need right now. 

Relating the global climate change issue to my part of the world, the Pacific Northwest, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says that if we do nothing the result will bring about  smaller snowpacks that melt earlier and heavy rainfall and flooding during the winter. If you knew this area 30 or 40 years ago, you would know about the “drizzle” rain that used to be typical here.  It was a fine, misting rain that lasted, I swear, for months.  

Less water will be available in the summer.  We need water here for everything from industrial use, crop irrigation, drinking water (my personal fav) as well as a significant percentage of our electricity comes from our hydroelectric dams.

If we all could put some solar panels and wind generators on our roofs we could collectively cut down on the need for gas, coal and nuclear plants that produce much of the nations electricity.  Besides, don’t we all want to be more independant?  From the beginning of this nation we have been proud of our independance.  But due to the loss of so many jobs and reduced income of those of us who can still find work, we need government subsidies if we are to put solar and wind electrical energy producing devices on our homes.

The Hamster knows