Author: Jay R. VanOrman
This will not be an easy task for you. You are going to need other tactics than calling me names, ending the discussion by saying “science” or threatening to put me in jail. Those actions make me want to drag my feet in the dirt hard, and not listen to anything more you might say. Don’t tell me things like I need to do my part; when you fly in a private jet. Don’t tell me I have a closed mind.
I really don’t want to see your hockey stick. That is just a non-starter with me. If what you say is true, you can find other ways of proving to me climate change is caused by our actions as a species. It would also be helpful to your argument to avoid citing temperature data. It seems to have been changed from its original numbers. Also, the locations of many official temperature readings are not in the same location, nor the same type of physical environment they were originally set up a century or more ago.
I would rather focus on the positive things you could do, to convince me that anthropogenic climate change is real. I am not going to even bother trying to counter any of your arguments with climate change is not a real thing. The ice age ended. I think that is proof enough the climate changes. But for all the arguments I have heard of man-made climate change, you would think primitive man melted all the glaciers when he discovered fire. I’m pretty sure natural lightning made more fires back then, than any Cro-Magnon, Neanderthal, or Homo sapiens tribe may have started.
You could tell me how many parts per million of carbon dioxide gas are present, but that alone will not be enough. You will need to include parts per million of water vapor and methane, both of which are far more powerful greenhouse gases than CO2 is. I would have thought modern agriculture would have had an impact that would have at least been a part of the discussion. Oh, and then there’s bread, beer, wine, soda pop, and a lot of other things that make carbon dioxide gas, that are not part of your solution to stopping climate change. Any attempt you make to convince me, should at least address these things, otherwise what you are selling me is snake oil.
Something you could tell me is the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in earth’s atmosphere in relation to climate change. As oxygen is consumed to make CO2, its partial pressure decreases, while CO2’s goes up. I haven’t been able to find any source that shows this is changing. You see, I think that we would be having a hard time breathing, before anything man has done will affect the climate in any appreciable manner.
One last thing I would like to know, what are you planning on doing if you’re wrong? What if, for all the money spent implementing the Paris Accord, the climate still changes, and then what? If you do not take that into account, what do you plan to do when the waters rise? Sit back and eat popcorn?
I do not mention everything that gives me pause about climate change here. I do not feel like re-inventing the wheel, there are plenty of other people who make valid points that I have not touched upon. But my questions are ones that I have asked people who have resorted to calling me names, and asserted things about my mother; but never answered me. I do plenty of things to reduce my ‘carbon footprint’ not because I am a true believer, but because it is cheaper for me.
Author: Jay R. VanOrman
Here out west, the Endangered Species Act, while itself a good thing, has costly strings attached. Too often the cost of the strings is made worse because it just sounds like a good idea. So far the endangered salmon have come across things not intended by nature or the Endangered Species Act, as well as the normal things the imperil the life of the fish.
Caspian terns have taken up a sandy island near the mouth of the Columbia River. They are not a native species to Oregon or Washington State, let alone to North America. In fact they do come from the Caspian Sea area of Asia. They are almost half a world away from where they are normally to be found.
These birds feed on the endangered salmon; and environmentalists have successfully blocked any attempts at reducing, or removing this non-native predator. They breed on an island, that has only been in existence since the dams on the Columbia River slowed the spring floods down, letting silt and sand build up into impermanent islands.
California Sea Lions have also relocated to Oregon, swimming up the Columbia River as far as Bonneville dam, about 150 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Oregon already has their own native Sea Lion species, the Steller’s sea lion; these are not as large or aggressive as the Californians. So salmon are not the only species in conflict with the invasive non-natives.
While the Caspian terns prey on the juvenile fingerlings on their way to the sea, the sea lions eat the mature returning fish. Sea lions are also rather peculiar in their eating habits. They often bite a salmon in the belly, eating the roe of the females. They do not eat the entire salmon, so they need to kill many more than one fish to satisfy the needs of each sea lion.
The Marina Mammals Act says nothing can be done with them either.
Salmon still have more enemies. The hydroelectric dams they must pass through on the way to and from the ocean take their toll. But now wind energy places the salmon in danger. In order to meet contract requirements, the Bonneville Power Administration, the federal agency which regulates the dams of the Columbia, must discharge water, without making electricity, downstream.
There was a court case two years ago, but I have yet to find the resolution to this case anywhere. The BPA cited the Endangered Species Act, in the case, as making electricity was less harmful to the fish than direct discharge of the river. It seems hard to believe, but salmon can suffer from the bends too. The bends, also called caisson disease, is when nitrogen bubbles become trapped in blood vessels, causing extreme pain, and sometimes death.
What the BPA did, and what brought the lawsuit, was to make electricity, not spill water, as per the wind farmers’ contract. The BPA says making electricity out of falling water causes less nitrogen to be entrained in the water, reducing potential harm to the fingerlings.
Lastly we have our final foe for salmon; cows. This is probably the easiest of the threats to mitigate, but also the one the government likes to hit people the hardest. You see cows like to get a drink of water now and then. But sometimes that water is a river or creek that salmon use to spawn. Cows can easily make a mess of the stream, just getting a drink of water. They feet can churn a clear rocky stream bed into a muddy wallow in a shirt amount of time.
Funny thing is, the federal government owns most of the states of Washington and Oregon. But they more often take harmful actions against the persons who they give grazing rights, than take mitigating steps to protect salmon habitat. Seems the money they collect in those fees, are not allowed to do much more than feed Washington DC.
I wish I felt confident that the environmentalists actually had solutions for the salmon in mind when they sue the government and private parties, but what keeps becoming reality does not agree with their stated purposes. After the salmon eggs hatch, and the fry are large enough to be released into the wild, their adipose fins are clipped off, to make them different from wild salmon not reared in a fish hatchery. Then they are trucked around dams to limit the damages caused by the turbines making electricity. This may be the low cost option of meeting the requirements of the Endangered Species Act. Fish screens that prevent all, or almost all fish kills have not been invented yet. But it surprises me that nothing can be done to reduce the threats caused by non-native species.
Why are we not inviting Sea World to train killer whales to hunt sea lions? Why haven’t the Native Americans who used to eat sea lions not been asked to hunt them? Why are we protecting invasive birds that live on an impermanent island? Why doesn’t the federal government help the salmon as much as they go after cattle ranchers?
This seems to be the same pattern the Left uses in all their politics. Make something a victim, force everyone to change their lifestyle to accommodate said victim, and let other predators have their way, being incapable of dealing with this new problem. Meanwhile the original victim languishes.
Author: Jay R. VanOrman
I earned a bachelor’s degree in English shortly before my 50th birthday. I have enough science credits, that if they gave them, I could have had a BS in English. I try to play well with others, but I aim to be a good man, not a nice man. I normally think outside the box. I’m a Navy veteran, and I do for a living what they once trained me to do.