Climate change and Block Island under water.

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I didn’t intend to do too much blogging this week while we are gathering as a family in an old rickety rental that sits on a hill overlooking the Block Island salt pond and beyond that the town beach.

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Today turned hot and muggy and the idea of sitting on hot sand didn’t seem appealing.

The kids and grand kids went off, leaving the grandparents to sit by a fan and catch up on some reading and (in my case) blogging.

I have no complaints about that.

Just to be able to look out at the sea, the cardinals and Monarch butterflies from my window perch is good enough for me.

Yet, politics intrudes.

I read today that Governor Inslee is quitting a presidential race he knew could never win.

He was a one-issue candidate, but the issue was the future of the planet.

Nate Silver tweeted that Inslee’s failure to poll more than 1% shows climate change is not an issue for Democrats.

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I talk to year-round folks on Block Island and summer people and I know Silver is wrong about drawing too much meaning from Inslee dropping out.

There is a big debate within the Democratic Party about climate change. It is what the debate about the Green New Deal is all about.

That debate is driven, not just by good folks like Inslee, but by other candidates on the progressive side like Bernie and Elizabeth Warren. Like most issues, the Left drives the debate within the Democratic Party and the primary.

Climate change is a big deal for folks on Block Island which sits twelve miles off the coast of Rhode Island.

It will be hard hit by the expected rise in sea levels.

A study done in 2011 predicts that the two harbors will be gone. Old Harbor is home to the busy ferry docks and New Harbor serves recreational boating. It is likely the island will be cut in half by sea water.

The other evening I was asked by a local friend to come with her to a fundraising event featuring Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez.

I wanted to go because I wanted to share with Perez my concern that the leadership of the Democratic Party was so busy bashing the Left and those like AOC and The Squad that they were letting Trump off the hook.

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Me and DNC chair Tom Perez.

I wondered whether some among the Democratic leadership were more afraid of the Left than they were of another four years of Trump.

After asking me about the alligator in Humboldt Park, he told me that he supported “all the members of the Democratic caucus.”

At that moment a young woman appeared and unfurled a banner calling for a debate about climate change.

She and some other young people had heard that Perez was coming to Block Island (this is his third summer fundraiser here) and they took the ferry over to show their concern for climate change.

They were met with applause.

Nate Silver may want to check his numbers.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Climate change and Block Island under water.

  1. Fred, since the DNC was caught with their thumb on the ³primary scale ³ in 2016 for HRCl, is the current leader of the party desperately trying for ³fairness² in every direction? And would you be interested in buying property in Greenland? After we defeat the Danes you could get what will be prime beach front land if are ready to commit early. Let¹s get the group together in September. Bob Lyons

    From: Fred Klonsky Reply-To: Fred Klonsky Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 12:10 PM To: Bob Lyons Subject: [New post] Climate change and Block Island under water.

    WordPress.com Fred Klonsky posted: ” I didn’t intend to do too much blogging this week while we are gathering as a family in an old rickety rental that sits on a hill overlooking the Block Island salt pond and beyond that the town beach. Today turned hot and muggy and the idea of sittin”

  2. Silver has long left the realm of cool-headed numbers guy into shockingly innumerate punditry. I mean, maybe why Inslee had only around 1% was because nobody outside the state of Washington knew who he was? And as for climate change (we should be calling it climate catastrophe, or perhaps even extinction-level climate dytopia — something to really convey the severity of what we face) it polls 1 or 2 on the concerns of Democrats, and the well-known figures like Bernie, Warren, Biden, et al., have staked some major position on how to alleviate and reverse it, so Gov. Inslee is sort of left out in the cold. At this point, I think name recognition is the most important factor in being near the top of the field, with the concomitant media exposure being a close second.

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