Alan Carlin: Reducing CO2 Emissions Is Not a Useful Substitute for Effective Stormwater Management

Posted: September 1, 2017 by oldbrew in climate, Critique, weather
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Houston – August 2017 [image credit: BBC]

The author writes: ‘ask yourself whether you would rather buy a house in a flood prone area with effective stormwater management or with CO2 emission controls and subsidies’.

Hurricane Harvey has undoubtedly caused great damage to Houston and surrounding areas on the Texas Coast. The climate alarmists have immediately tried to blame carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by humans, of course.

My comment is that if the US had devoted the resources wasted on CO2-oriented climate research and building “renewable” sources of energy on decreasing the vulnerability of the Texas Gulf Coast to floods the US would have been far far better off.

The Houston area has had problems with floods since it was founded and has apparently not implemented the needed stormwater management measures and/or imposed building restrictions to alleviate these problems to the extent needed, let alone prevent them.

As a result of a very major flood in 1935 they formed a flood control district, but obviously their efforts have not been sufficient to solve the problem. And in the meantime the Houston area has grown enormously, which creates ever more impermeable surfaces and more human structures that can be damaged by flooding.

Continued here.

  1. ivan says:

    A voice crying in the wilderness of green dogma. The big problem is that the sheep are not listening and the inmates are running the asylums that are the governments.

    It is a fact that those that won’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it until they do but with the greens each iteration gets more expensive by an order of magnitude. The horrifying thing is that the general public goes along with it.

  2. thefordprefect says:

    This has got to be a joke?

    How do you manage ALL the rain that fell around and in Houston?

    Pumps? then you need somewhere to pump it!

    Build your house on stilts? but then you still want electricity and water and food and sewerage

  3. oldbrew says:

    Complacency over ineffective, illogical and expensive energy policies seems like a mixture of ignorance and boiling frog syndrome.

  4. JB says:

    Heavy investment of Federal funding/policy in public education is now paying off…

    “They blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.”–The Buddha

  5. oldbrew says:

    Stormwater management is no joke tfp.

    Urban flooding has significant economic implications. In the US, industry experts estimate that wet basements can lower property values by 10%-25% and are cited among the top reasons for not purchasing a home.[16] According to the U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), almost 40% of small businesses never reopen their doors following a flooding disaster.

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