Obama warned about the “threat” of “climate change” to our national parks, among other places. [emphasis added to quotes]
President Obama said … that climate change is already damaging America’s national parks, with rising temperatures causing Yosemite’s meadows to dry out and raising the prospect of a glacier preserve without its glaciers someday.
“Make no mistake. Climate change is no longer just a threat. It’s already a reality,” Obama said from a podium, with Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest at 2,425 feet, as a backdrop.
At the California park, where Obama was spending the weekend with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha, the president also talked about how a rabbit-like animal known as a pika is being forced further upslope at Yosemite to escape the heat.
“Rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers at Glacier National Park. No more Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park,” he said, adding that a changing climate could destroy vital ecosystems in the Everglades and threaten such landmarks as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Imagine that! Climate change is “already a reality,” proclaims the genius Obama. It is?!!! Who knew?
Am I alone in perceiving the irony of this man standing in front of a geological formation that was itself CREATED by climate change and warning that climate change is “already a reality” that will destroy our national parks?
Most of the wonders in our national parks were created by climate change.
Yosemite valley. Yosemite Falls. Created by glaciers that came and went over millions of years. Natural occurrences that had nothing whatsoever to do with human behavior.
Indeed, these glaciers carved the landscape arguably before humans even existed! Humans didn’t cause “climate change” and they certainly aren’t going to be able to stop “climate change” in its tracks.
Climate change has been a reality since the planet came into existence. The climate is always changing. It’s the natural order of things. Species come and species go. Climate change made it possible for Obama to speak without having to keep an eye out for a pack Velociraptors.
Sometimes species don’t go, they simply become something else, like birds, or they adapt, like pikas moving to higher ground.
If it weren’t for climate change, some of the first immigrants to this hemisphere would never have arrived. Naturally melting ice sheets opened up a land bridge, allowing humans to enter what’s now the United States.
Does Obama not know this?
How about that phrase glacier preserve? As if there’s something inherently wonderful about glaciers that requires us humans to “preserve” them for posterity, as if we could. To what end?
Would Chicago be better off today had somebody like Obama been around to “preserve” that 2-mile thick sheet of glacial ice that covered the city’s current location, on and off until about 20,000 years ago? If someone had somehow figured out a way to “preserve” that ice sheet, then there would be no Chicago, no Great Lakes, and no Mississippi River. For that matter, but for the climate change that happened about 17,000 years ago, there would be no Everglades, either!
Somebody really should advise Obama about botany. He’s worried about “no more Joshua trees” because of global warming? Does he not know that they thrive in the hottest, driest place in the USA? The Mojave Desert? If anything, rising temperatures will cause Joshua trees to spread to more areas, not disappear.
Since when did progressives like Obama become so conservative?