Fires of hell, drought, flood not caused by Climate Change but by…what a surprise!


It turns out California has a long history of major drought followed by massive flooding.

A 43-day storm that began in December 1861 put central and southern California underwater for up to six months, and it could happen again so goes the headline story from a 2013 Scientific American article.

But first the set up:

Broken California Dam Is a Sign of Emergencies to Come,” reads the story, adding that “[c]limate change is leading to more extreme rainfalls that can overwhelm infrastructure.” (Note it says “broken” Dam – means it needs fixing)
 
Climate change is leading to more extreme rainfalls that can overwhelm infrastructure.
A deluge of repeated rainstorms set the stage for the near-disaster at the Oroville Dam in California, a crisis that foreshadows what the Golden State can expect more of with climate change, several experts said.
While it’s too soon for studies that would look for a climate link to the Oroville drama, experts said climate models show California likely will swing between devastating droughts and extreme storms. That could cause significant problems if the state’s infrastructure isn’t ready, they said. 188,000 people had a mandatory evacuation.
 
Dam it up, don’t maintain it so it can fail and flood the poor citizens living below it, then can blame it on climate change. So much for planned water management and building reservoirs.  But wait wait:

Actually,

California has a history of abruptly switching from drought conditions to torrential rain.

Brewer describes in 1861-1862 a great sheet of brown rippling water extending from the Coast Range to the Sierra Nevada. One-quarter of the state’s estimated 800,000 cattle drowned in the flood, marking the beginning of the end of the cattle-based ranchero society in California. One-third of the state’s property was destroyed, and one home in eight was destroyed completely or carried away by the floodwaters.

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The Coming Megafloods, talks about what is responsible for most of the largest historical floods in many western states. The megaflood to strike the American West in recent history occurred during the winter of 1861-62. California bore the brunt of the damage. This disaster turned enormous regions of the state into inland seas for months, and took thousands of human lives. The costs were devastating: one quarter of California’s economy was destroyed, forcing the state into bankruptcy.

Today, the same regions that were submerged in 1861-62 are home to California’s fastest-growing cities. Although this flood is all but forgotten, important lessons from this catastrophe can be learned. Much of the insight can be gleaned from harrowing accounts in diary entries, letters and newspaper articles, as well as the book Up and Down California in 1860-1864, written by William Brewer, who surveyed the new state’s natural resources with state geologist Josiah Whitney.

In 1861, farmers and ranchers were praying for rain after two exceptionally dry decades. In December their prayers were answered with a vengeance, as a series of monstrous Pacific storms slammed—one after another—into the West coast of North America, from Mexico to Canada. The storms produced the most violent flooding residents had ever seen, before or since.

Story continues The Coming Megafloods A great read. Wasn’t this before humans could cause climate change?

Now we go on to drought.

California drought created by politicians over the Delta Smelt.

Brazen Boxer, Feinstein reverse, Now Want Water for California Farmers

The president’s health care reforms are on the ropes and the San Joaquin Valley’s two blue-dog Democratic congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa have been reluctant to support the president’s reforms. So imagine everyone’s surprise when the Department of the Interior announced yesterday that it is dramatically increasing the water supply to the valley’s parched lands. And what a coincidence, now the two California congressmen who were once “undecided” are being moved over into the “yes” column:

As a vote approaches on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare, Code Red is now considering two supposedly “undecided” California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, to now be “yes” votes.

Guess what:

The U.S. Department of Interior announced yesterday that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs. The region has recently been starved for water and as a result unemployment has soared. Not surprisingly, Cardoza and Costa had a hand in the announcement:

“Typically, Reclamation would release the March allocation update around March 22nd, but moved up the announcement at the urging of Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and Congressmen Costa and Cardoza.“(“Interior Announces Increased Water Supply Allocations in California,” U.S. Department of Interior news release, 3/16/10)

BEFORE:

Feinstein & Boxer Vote Against Water for California Farms.   September 23rd, 2009 • Richard Cochrane

On the Senate floor, a clearly unhappy Feinstein likened the surprise amendment to Pearl Harbor and she voiced dismay that it would be brought up without her prior knowledge.

The video of Feinstein is either before she was for it or against it. It gets confusing.

federal judge ruled on in December 2010 that the liberal study that forced California officials to cutback on water to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta was based on faulty science.

Despite this Barack Obama said he would veto any Congressional bill that would “reverse the progress” (drought) in the San Joaquin Valley.
Investor’s reported, via HotAir

DeMint’s long-shot amendment to a Fiscal 2010 Interior Department funding bill would have effectively restored full irrigation deliveries for a year to what is being referred to as a new Death Valley. The 400 miles San Joaquin Valley is a fertile strip of farm land that produces more fruits and vegetables per square foot than any comparable land in the nation – when it has water, which it does not.

With hundreds of thousands of Californians out of work, food prices rising rapidly and California’s farmers desperate, both its U. S. Senators voted no to an amendment that was billed as a way to help solve the San Joaquin Valley’s water problems.

By a nearly party line 61-36 vote, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the amendment offered by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Now the fires.

CA fires of hell, thank the environmentalists

Obama-Era Eco-Terrorism through Environmental Regulations

These Obama-era regulations introduced excessive layers of bureaucracy that blocked proper forest management and increased environmentalist litigation and costs — a result of far too many radical environmentalists, bureaucrats, Leftist politicians and judicial activists who would rather let forests burn than let anyone thin out overgrown trees or let professional loggers harvest usable timber left from beetle infestation, or selectively cut timber.

In a 2016 Townhall column, Paul Driessen explains:

Eco-purists want no cutting, no thinning – no using fire retardants in “sensitive” areas because the chemicals might get into streams that will be boiled away by conflagrations. They prevent homeowners from clearing brush around their homes, because it might provide cover or habitat for endangered species and other critters that will get incinerated or lose their forage, prey and habitats in the next blaze. They rarely alter their policies during drought years.

The resulting fires are not the “forest-rejuvenating” blazes of environmentalist lore. They are cauldron-hot conflagrations that exterminate wildlife habitats, roast bald eagle and spotted owl fledglings alive in their nests, boil away trout and trout streams, leave surviving animals to starve, and incinerate every living organism in already thin soils … that then get washed away during future downpours and snow 

In September 2016, Governor Brown vetoed SB 1463, a bill in the California legislature which would have required the California Public Utilities Commission to prioritize areas at increased risk from overhead wires in their management of wildfires.

Then we had Brown slashing the forest management budget. Good move moonbeam.

Also note the infamous Delta Smelt budget was not cut… this endangered specie causing the water shutdown thus causing the drought in the lush farmland of  Central California.

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Governor Newson continued the absurd fire policies as his predecessor.

And the coup de grâce of California at its finest

More than 2 million people are being plunged into darkness as part of an unprecedented, orchestrated blackout across Northern California. But good luck finding out whether you’re one of them. Bloomberg’s Lynn Doan reports on “Bloomberg Markets.”

Recall 2019:

PG&E Blackouts Spread Across Northern California

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17 Responses to “Fires of hell, drought, flood not caused by Climate Change but by…what a surprise!”

  1. Debby Says:

    I live in an area of northern California that has been hit hard by a wildfire the last 10 years. The weather has always been HOT in this area, the northern furthest part of the central valley. Reading the Book, Up and Down California; 1860-1864 – The Journal of William H. Brewer, Mr. Brewer writes the horrid hot weather and the fires up in my part of the state. Nothing is new under the sun. Actually, bad forest management, bad water management, environmental whackos, and corrupt politicans have ruined this state with their arrogance believing that only they know what is best. Sometimes I believe they are doing this deliberately. The demise of the logging industry contributed to the wildfires – My family are backpackers and go into the mountains – I can tell you there are natural lakes filled with beautiful water. The forests are a mess, though. Even our tribal communities are suing the Government over forest mismanagement.

    We are one of the few Californians that choose to stay here and fight the good fight. Someone has to do it. It gets hard though – our life and our families are here and we’d literally be a fish out of water anywhere else.

    Excellent post – thank you I really enjoyed it.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks for taking the time with your thoughtful comment. I wonder sometimes as well if the whole thing is to advance the theory of climate change. I grew up in a rural area prone to fires from the trains that passed through. There were always fire lanes and good access. Of course it meant cutting swaths of timber but no one was upset as it insured the safety of all concerned. Logging as well insured excellent game hunting.
      Good for you to fight the good fight. I wish you well. Thanks again.

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  2. Bill H. Says:

    There was a case in San Diego in the 1800s in which a long term drought had caused hardship and pretty much emptied the reservoirs. Woe and doom was widespread, so the city hired a rainmaker. He set up his stuff and started working to make it rain. No joy for a while, and they were just about to run him out of town on a rail when, boom! It started raining.

    The bad news was that it didn’t stop. It rained for weeks, several inches every day. It not only filled the reservoirs, it overfilled them and a couple of dams broke. Massive flooding and destruction. They didn’t pay the rainmaker, claiming that they had not hired him to create floods.

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  3. Mustang Says:

    Money is a limited resource — and so too is the amount of debt a government can accumulate. The problem is that governments treat other people’s money as their entitlement and debt as someone else’s future problem when it comes time to pay off accumulated debt. We all know how this works. John and Mary Citizen go to work every day to support their families. To support their government’s lifestyle, they’re forced to give up some percentage of that income to the federal government, their state of residence, and the counties where they live. John and Mary have to give up between 30-55% of their income to taxes depending on where they live.

    John and Mary will pay their debts (home mortgage, automobiles, utilities, insurances) from what’s left after taxes. After those payments, John and Mary have to decide how to allocate their “disposable” income. They buy groceries, clothing and try to decide whether to purchase a new refrigerator or if it’s time to trade in the clunker for something newer.

    Governments don’t have this problem … they simply structure their debt (obligations) so that they become due when some other politician is running the show, ten, twenty, or thirty years down the pike. Still, ready cash is a limited resource, and governments have to allocate their annual expenditures.

    The question is, should they allocate $95 billion to maintain forests and waterways, or should they swing open their doors to support illegal residents? In the case of California, we know the answer to that question. California isn’t the only state forced to make such decisions. Prioritized spending will always favor the program that places the serving political party (individual) in the best light.

    To accomplish “the best light,” politicians (particularly on the left) will prioritize the spending that will create greater support for … oh, persons who aren’t entitled to be in the United States in the first place. And you know, those forests and waterways … well, most of those homes that burn to a cinder or are carried away by floods are covered by insurance — so what the heck. No big deal. Besides, who doesn’t know you take your chances when constructing a home within a flood district or in mountains subject to forest fires every year?

    If John and Mary run their business the way politicians run the government, they’d be hauled into court and may face jail time. If state law demands that citizens manage their finances responsibly, why don’t the citizens of those states demand that same standard from their state and local governments? I know, I know … the problem is the politicians elected to manage our local and state governments.

    In 2018, state and local governments spent $3.2 trillion on public schools, welfare programs (including Medicaid), colleges and universities, health and hospitals, highway infrastructure, criminal justice (police, prisons, courts), and public housing. So, we can assume that if a state prioritizes its spending on housing for the homeless, maybe they can get by without spending $95 billion on forest/waterway management projects. Except, of course, as Bunkerville pointed out in this post, there are tremendous costs to “the people” for ignoring forest and waterway management.

    In any case, this entire topic is far too complex for John and Mary, who, after all, hired representatives to struggle with such things. And maybe John and Mary don’t mind reducing their disposable income so that their state can divert money away from forests and streams to support the illegal voter.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      As long as we have the Feinsteins of the world willing to sell their soul for a vote to heck with the farmers and 400 miles of the finest farmland in California. Let them eat cake after all. Yet they voted her in along with her Chinese spy for decades… says it all.
      Let’s see how this recall goes. But we already know the fix is in… yet the GOP remains mute on the fix… ballot harvesting, print your own ballot, who cares. Not John and Mary apparently.

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      • Mustang Says:

        Yep. And it’s a shame too that John and Mary have (around age 50) decided that it doesn’t matter who they vote for … the politicians are going to do what they want anyway. I’ll bet George Soros hosts a massive cocktail party every time CA has an election … you know, to celebrate his successes throughout the state’s various levels of government.

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  4. nrringlee Says:

    I had the misfortune of being stuck in Kalifornia (by the Commandant) for eight years. After retiring I stayed for a few years before coming home. While in Kalifornia I preserved my sanity be working with volunteer wildlife conservation groups in the High Desert. We worked water projects in support of both large mammals and upland game. The State of Kalifornia has been missing in action on conservation issues since the early 1990’s. I have the evidence to prove that, enough to write a book on the subject. Kalifornia long ago cast aside science and reason in the areas of forest and wildlife management.They work under a delusional model of money burning to study what is now becoming the most catastrophic failure of conservation in history. Mark my words.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I am at a total loss how there could be hundreds of thousands of acres burning and no provisions for fire breaks. Appropriate logging yes, cutting down trees and creating fire lanes. Now we have diseased trees, no browse for wildlife. What a disaster. Something to be said for the East.. at least in my state we had good management when growing up.

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  5. peter3nj Says:

    Could the unabated building of condo projects with units in the thousands-not tens or hundreds-here in New Jersey, most notably the northern environs of the state have contributed to the lack of adequate drainage when storms come along or is it that darn climate change? Could towns giving 30 year tax statements to developers contribute to the obvious over development almost everywhere one looks, condo units for lease not for sale? There is no debate. The successful appealing to the gross ignorance of the great unwashed is a full time sport and the numbers accepting the left’s mantra of global warming/climate change responsible for all that ails the country and the planet along with white racism grows with each passing day.

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  6. markone1blog Says:

    Ed,
    Don’t tell this to the basement dwellers in New York, but those downpours that came with the ruminants of Ida are common in Houston. They are how we keep our ponds and lakes full.

    Furthermore, some good sportfishing can be experienced in those waters.

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  7. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Obviously, the weather is out to kill us.
    The weather is outside.
    Do not go outside. Stay locked down.
    Unless you are in a basement apartment in Queens.

    Liked by 3 people


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