Climate Change Is Already Here

The pictures and stories coming out of the Colorado grassfire-turned-wildfire are terrible. The current thinking is that a downed power line sparked it, as downed power lines have sparked so many of the big fires in California and the rest of the west.

Why we don’t have power lines underground with all the other utilities is a mystery to me. Maybe the BBB package had something in it for this relatively simple mitigation?

Climate change is already here, wildfires are a symptom of which we will see more. I don’t know how it all ends (other than our planet becomes un-inhabitable), but I do know that we need to address it quickly. Fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, we’ve seeing them all this year; my bold prediction for 2022: we’ll see more.

What does it take to wake-up?

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8 Responses to Climate Change Is Already Here

  1. TheOtherHank says:

    On another blog, I saw a post saying that the front-pager who lives in CO is OK. I thought that there must be a big snow storm in the Rockies. Then I read the comments. Nope, CO is on fire at the end of December.

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  2. burying power lines is far more expensive than stringing them. So, especially in the Western America-Fuck-Yeah! No-Taxes at All Costs states (plus Texas) that downed wires starting fires is just an Act of Gawd, nothing to be done, so sad.

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    • Burying high-tension lines…the kinds of power lines we’re talking about aren’t your neighborhood ones, but the big 600KV high tension lines; you can’t bundle them together in a single tube, and we’re talking about tens, if not hundreds of thousands of miles of trenching and filling. The whole BBB would be all power lines all the time.

      My brother and sister-in law live in the town next to the ones that burned; part of their town about a half mile from them was under an evacuation watch. But he texted earlier today that it was snowing and the winds were supposed to be greatly reduced today.

      Fingers crossed.

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  3. roket says:

    I’m sure we’ll get to the Climate Crisis as soon as we solve the radioactive waste crisis, followed by the plastics in the ocean crisis, followed by the extinction event crisis, etc., etc., etc.

    The feedback loops began years ago and there’s no stopping them now. All we can do is adapt.

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  4. w3ski4me says:

    I live in a brushy fire-prone area of Ca., and I would love for my utilities to be underground. However, the reality is that is just not going to happen. Rights of way to dig up land here for one. In a city with underground sewers and stuff, it’s easy to lay some lines. Up here every nit-picking landowner is going to want a say and compensation. Besides that, the number of creeks, rocks, and other features makes that a no-go. Great idea, but not up here in the fire zone sadly.
    w3ski

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  5. revzafod says:

    “What does it take to wake-up?”
    For the answer to that question, watch “Don’t Look Up” on Netflix. And the answer is… ain’t gonna happen.

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