Month: September 2014

Pictures Climate Change Proponents Don’t Show

Stories about man-made abrupt climate change are usually accompanied by pictures of all sorts of terrible things: burnt crops due to drought, a lonesome polar bear without a home due to melting ice, and the erosion of coastline due to rising sea levels, among a variety of other calamities. The line of thinking goes something like this: "See this awful picture of this awful thing caused by this awful global warming caused by all those awful capitalists...how can you not believe in climate change?" But they'll never show you any pictures that don't fit their politically-driven narrative. We have to find and share those ourselves.Earlier this month I visited by hometown of Mobile, Alabama, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and took my children to the nearby barrier island -- Dauphin Island. I’ve read several stories about parts of the island eroding, mostly toward the western end that has always been skinny and full of expensive beach houses. The stories often show some million-dollar house that now sits uncomfortably close to the shore -- thanks to global warming, of course. But as most global warming skeptics believe, climate is cyclical and while one area may erode, another may gain.The first picture shown here is taken from a postcard of Dauphin Island's public pier several decades ago. Notice the location of the Gulf of Mexico -- under the pier, of course. I remember walking to the end of that pier when I was a little boy, lowering nets off…