I spent most of the morning looking at pictures of the flooding in Washington State and trying not to cry. I didn’t succeed. I cried a lot. And I’m still looking. Partly because I still feel like I can’t even guess at how bad it really is and partly because I feel fact obsessed. I want to know all the rivers that flooded, how high they went, how that matches with past records. As if a stack of facts could help me make sense of it.
It seems like every time the really bad flooding happens, people act like it’s okay because it’s a once in a hundred years thing. But it isn’t. For a while I have been 100% certain that the flooding has gotten substantially worse in my life time. And apparently I am right. Not just climate change, but logging and floodplain development are to blame. The only thing about that article that pisses me off is the meteorologist guy saying that we don’t know which individual storms are caused by climate change. Okay, buddy, so no blame on climate change since we can’t identify individual storms? Isn’t enough to say that storms are increasing in frequency and magnitude? Do we have to pinpoint which are normal freak storms and which are caused by climate change? Does it make a fucking difference? There are more and worse storms. It’s bad.
So Washington is washing away. Tennessee is being buried in toxic sludge. I’d say that I better start planning that move to Barcelona, but the droughts there are causing pretty bad fresh water shortages . So one wonders if there is anywhere safe to go. Should I just move into a self sufficient little cabin in the Rockies somewhere and hope I don’t die in a snowstorm? Or maybe a little adobe in rural New Mexico?