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 the side into deep water and pulling up dozens of blue crabs. Ah, the good old days.
Dauphin Island Pier — then

The rest of the pictures were taken during my recent visit to the island. Notice the location of the Gulf of Mexico — not under the pier!

Dauphin Island Pier – now

The beach has grown several hundred yards south, well past the end of the old wooden structure. Over the past few years a sometimes-submerged sandbar has migrated north and combined with the island’s beach. Some historians say it’s the way the island looked when French explorers first came there a few hundred years ago. I bet that the western end was just as skinny then as it is now. Again, a cyclical pattern.

Dauphin Island Pier – now
But global warming believers don’t want to look at the full picture, seeing how one side grows while the other side shrinks. They’ll only look at whatever proves their point, and ignore the rest.

Dauphin Island Pier – now
The start of the coast line today, far away from the end of the pier