Saturday, September 21, 2019


By Trey Rusk

Running Code 3
September 20, 2019

I live on the upper Texas Gulf Coast. We just went through Tropical Storm Imelda. The City of Houston flooded, along with everything East of Houston to Lake Charles, Louisiana. I-10 and 90 are closed for 50 miles and in my opinion this wasn't caused by a Tropical Storm.

Most people have no idea that Galveston County is the deadliest County in the entire U.S. This mainly has to do with hurricanes and the deadliest hurricane was the 1900 Storm. Galveston County has also endured horrible explosions and now mass murders. People live here because the work is here. Galveston County and Houston have never really suffered greatly from a depression or recession like the rest of the country.

I grew up with hurricanes. The earliest hurricane I can remember was Carla in 1961. It packed 175 mph winds. We left the area and returned to devastation. Our home survived but many others didn't. One of the differences between now and then was that a hurricane that hit 20, 30 or 40 years ago would plow through the area in a 24 hour period and it was over.

Something different is happening. Most of the Hurricanes used to come from the warm waters off the coast of Africa. Now, the Gulf of Mexico waters are hotter and are spawning Hurricanes much closer to the Coast. Bacterial infections such as flesh eating diseases are becoming common to people who swim or fish in the warm waters. Droughts and deluges have become a way of life.

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit us with unprecedented rainfall. 52' in 24 hours. 80% of my town flooded. I'm talking about water in homes. I know a combination of things have caused this. Heat, Monsoons, Development and Climate Change. Yes. I said it. It's here and I have witnessed it first hand.

My wife and I flew to Houston Hobby Airport from Denver two days ago and were met with a 30 mph cross wind upon landing. The rain was already pounding the area. This rain was already flooding the feeders and even though it was called a Tropical Storm by Meteorologists, I say it was a Monsoon.

This past August and early September have been the hottest I can remember. Two years ago I added a large patio to my home. I can't enjoy it during the Summer because of the heat. The real reason that I know that the climate/heat has changed is because my dogs have let me know. They love to play in the yard but their yard time has diminished due to the heat.

Our storms have changed from Hurricanes to heated water vaper Monsoons. Don't believe me? Go back to 1979 Tropical Depression that hit the upper Gulf Coast and dumped 24' rain near Alvin, Texas. That was the first one. Now Google search past storms that hit the upper Texas Coast since then. Track the major rain events.

Look at the small amount of time we have to evacuate because of the new Monsoons that form just off shore in the Gulf of Mexico.

One last thing. An Ike Dyke can't stop inland flooding.

That's the way I see it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Is climate change real? You bet it is! Trey focused on Galveston County, Houston and the Gulf waters, but all you have to do is look at what’s happening in the Arctic to see proof of global warming. The glaciers in Alaska, Greenland and Norway are melting at an alarming rate. Large part of Greenland that used to be covered in ice are now dry land. Photos taken from the International Space Station show that the polar ice cap has shrunk significantly.

The only question is, how much of global warming is cyclical and how much of it is caused by carbon emissions? Conspiracy theorists claim that global warming is a left-wing hoax. Unfortunately, President Trump has bought into their crap and is a bedrock climate change denier. He even refused to participate in a recent climate change conference attended by many of the world’s top leaders.

I do not know how much of global warming is man-made, but I damn well know that climate change is real. And the conspiracy theorists, who insist that hundreds of the world’s most prominent scientists are part of a left-wing hoax, ought to be ashamed of themselves. And that goes for Trump too.

As for the proposed Ike Dyke, Trey is absolutely correct when he says it can't stop inland flooding. However, the Ike Dyke would protect thousands of homes from being completely destroyed by a storm surge and it would save many thousands of lives.


bob walsh said...

Of course climate change is real. The question is whether or not MAN MADE climate change is real. About 25,000 years ago North America was covered by a sheet of ice. It isn't any more. A mini-warming trend 800 years ago or so led to an agricultural revolution that did a bunch of positive things in the world. A gazillion years ago the deserts of North Africa were jungle. They are not now. Humans didn't have jack shit to do with that. Is it good to pour tons of pollution into the air and water? No, it isn't. Are we (we meaning the U S specifically and western industrialized governments in particular) doing much better? Hell yes. Are Indian and China mega-polluters? Hell yes. Will we "help the planet" by destroying our own economy? Hell no. I fail to see how forcing me to drive a micro-electric car and wear shoes made of recycled plastic and hemp fiber is going to save the planet.

The REAL goal of the environmental movement (except for the few clueless true believers)is to overthrow the Capitalist economic system and institute something else, something that will not work nearly as well for either the people or the planet. And I, for one, am not going to be a lemming.

When you jump off the cliff to save the planet can I have your car?

Trey Rusk said...

BGB, I believe the climate is changing. However, President Trump has reason to be wary of climate change summits because scientists that monitor the climate have been caught fudging the numbers. He is seeking honest data.

BarkGrowlBite said...

Trump "is seeking honest data." Horseshit! Trump is a flat-out climate change denier. You are trying to make chicken soup out of chickenshit. Sorry, but it can't be done.

Trey Rusk said...

Horseshit or chickenshit. It's still shit! Ha!

Trey Rusk said...

Horseshit, Cow shit, Buffalo shit, Pig shit and Bear shit accompanied by flatulence all contribute to global warming. Kill them all and we'll starve trying to save the world.