Monday, August 07, 2017

The climate change era

Mitch does a pretty good job here covering for/clarifying some dumb stuff Cedric Grant said over the weekend. I'm not sure he's right, though.  Sounded to me like Grant meant what he said.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Monday that he disagrees with Sewerage and Water Board Executive Director Cedric Grant's assertion that climate change is the culprit for the recent flooding in the city.

He called Grant's comments a bit "out of context" and "tone deaf."

Grant said Saturday's rains, as well as similar flooding that happened July 22, are part of the "climate change era" the rest of the country is experiencing, and any upgrade to the city's drainage systems would cost billions of dollars it doesn't have.

"I think that was just kind of said in the spirit of the moment," Landrieu said, addressing a question about Grant's comments. "[Climate change] may have a little to do with it. But, generally speaking when you have a major event like that ... we're going to have a water event in the city of New Orleans."
I like that phrase, the "spirit of the moment."  Currently our spirit in bit of transitional moment with regard to climate politics.  We're moving from a spirit of denial (It's all a hoax so making difficult or expensive changes is unnecessary) to a spirit of condescending acceptance (Yes, it's real but it's too late/expensive to make any difficult changes so just get used to it.)   One thing's for sure, though. Nobody is going to make any difficult or expensive changes. Remarkable constancy of spirit to fit any moment. 

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