The Cult of Climastrology has long been linked to witches. First, they act like witches in thinking that dancing around (and taxing Everyone Else) will change the weather. Second, and more important, they act like witch hunters, look to take an ounce of flesh from those they deem witches, otherwise known as “skeptics.” They’ve been involved in numerous hunts, such as going after Exxon Mobile. Heck, they’ve even claimed the original medieval witch hunts were influenced by climate change. If only those wild women hadn’t been driving SUVs in the mid-1500’s.
Anyhow, Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and Jesse Mermell, president for the Alliance For Business Leadership, are uber concerned
Salem is taking on climate change
For coastal cities, it’s a matter of urgency
THE MORE THINGS change, the more they stay the same. For centuries now the economic health of the city of Salem has been tied to the ocean.
In the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution and into the 1800s, ships from Salem took to the seas and returned with tea, spices, and silks that turned the port community into the wealthiest city per capita in the new nation. Later, Salem Harbor became home to a major coal depot, where ships dropped off coal on its way to fuel regional factories and, later, a large coal-powered power plant on the waterfront itself. Much has changed with the city today, but the ocean remains central to its economic prosperity. In this day and age that can only mean one thing: For Salem to survive and thrive, we must tackle the issue of climate change.
Modern-day Salem is a bustling city on the rise. Between tourism, health care, and higher education, the city’s economy has transformed from the days of importing tea from China. But it will never move on from its connection to the ocean. With a new natural gas power plant opening up acres of waterfront land, Salem has the opportunity to sustainably develop an area that will link oceanfront resources to economic development.
It seems tourism from the long ago witch hunts plays pretty big, but, whatever
With this vital opportunity looming, addressing climate change is an economic imperative for Salem. The city’s 2014 Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan outlines serious challenges that may be in store for the coastal community by 2050: a sea level rise of more than four feet, storm surges of more than 13 feet by the year 2100, a 30 percent increase in the likelihood of a “100-year storm,” and a 157 percent increase in the number of days over 90 degrees.
Interesting. According to actual factual data from the closest measuring station in Boston, we learn “The mean sea level trend is 2.79 millimeters/year with a 95% confidence interval of +/- 0.16 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from 1921 to 2015 which is equivalent to a change of 0.92 feet in 100 years.” So, the scaremongering talking points is off by quite a bit, a factor of over 8.
BTW, did they realize that natural gas is a big no-no for the Cult of Climastrology?