Flood Volunteer tries to get a word in edgewise. (YouTube)
The International Joint Commission
... lacks therapeutic value.
This post is not exactly breaking news, but it's been on my mind ever since Trudeau announced, near the end of April, that :
The thing is that, historically, severity of lakeland flooding has been measured in compensation dollars, according to a 1992 paper (PDF) written by several Canadian university researchers who questioned the common use of newspaper reports to assess overall damage!
So, there's a history of money paid out for flood damages, but no way of comparing the actual extent of the flooding itself, nor the comparable value of the dollar at any particular instance.
Records reportedly being broken, therefore, have great potential to mislead.
Could the current flooding be a human-caused condition?
NowToronto: 2019 - Toronto Islands flood: why is this happening (again)?
The above article includes a short statement from the David Suzuki Foundation:
But I would say forget about the Suzuki types; they seem to have trouble keeping up. Back in the 1980's, their namesake went along with the spectre of a coming Ice Age, then switched to "global warming" as soon as it was government-approved; though, as frigid temperatures increased, our government felt more comfortable singing the more generic "climate change" tune.
Wow, here's a strangely contradictory statement at the Suzuki Foundation's Wikipedia site:
It's not only contradictory, but the title is incorrect: It's the "Natural" Sciences, not the "National Sciences". Now take a look at the Suzuki Foundation's major corporate donors and decide for yourself if he's bought and paid for.
Yes, climate is changing; in fact, it always does, and always has. But, as lucrative as it's turning out to be to blame Mother Nature, she may well not entirely be the culprit where the current flooding is concerned:
Did you know about the International Joint Commission's long-time interest in regulating the water levels in the Great Lakes region? I sure didn't. But I don't think it should be as left out of the flooding equation as Trudeau seems to want it to be. He clearly likes us to focus on "climate change" so that the money-making "CO2 solutions" can proceed and he can "grow (somebody's) economy".
Apart from an embarrassingly obvious photo-op designed to make Trudeau appear to be just like one of the volunteers pitching in to help mitigate the flood damages, neither the Canadian provincial nor federal governments have had much to say about the flooding in general, although one man (a real, actual volunteer, whose work had been delayed by "30 minutes" by Trudeau's formidable entourage), had plenty to say (YouTube) to Trudeau about his holding up the works, though he really had to be persistent to get even a word in edgewise.
It wasn't one of Trudeau's finest moments, if he's had any at all. In fact, he was quite bossy and self-righteous, talking down to the man, who clearly was senior to Trudeau in years, as if he were a child.
Now here's some history of what Governor Cuomo (above) was angry about: It's called Plan 2014.
Headline June 2014:
International Joint Commission reaffirms Plan 2014 for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River
Headline July 2014:
Syracuse.com: Plan 2014, which would regulate Lake Ontario water levels, deserves U.S. support (Editorial)
So, severe flooding not an uncommon occurrence, but dealt with OK for half a century until up pops a new, more advantageous (to whom?) plan with the excuse of helping to preserve wildlife and vegetation. How much do you want to bet that plan was more to mitigate squabbles over profit/power advantages than anything to do with nature.
Readers of the above editorial were not impressed; here's a comment from one of them:
Comment from "NoNeed4Facts":
Not only that, but according to the following report, Plan 2014 was actually designed to increase water levels.
Democrat&Chronicle: 2016 - US, Canada adopt new Lake Ontario water-level plan
BuffaloNews: 2017 [Rep. Chris] Collins blames International Joint Commission for Lake Ontario flooding threat
The push against Plan 2014 may not succeed if the pro-media keep up with stuff like this:
NewYorkUpstate: 2017 - Is Plan 2014 really the culprit behind Lake Ontario's high water levels?
Syracuse.com: 2017 - Blame rainfall, not Plan 2014, for high Lake Ontario water levels
AuburnPub: 2017 - Is Plan 2014 to blame for high Lake Ontario levels?
Hmmmm... "higher levels have occurred before" -- . Is that an inadvertent admission that "climate change" is not a factor?
Finally, some US politicos are getting on the IJC's case:
But the ball bounces back:
Syracuse.com: Lake Ontario hits record level after 'unbelievable' amounts of rain
"Unbelievable" does not a fact make; neither does it prove "climate change", but ...
Wouldn't you love to see those records? I would. Were they obtained from newspapers, I wonder?
NewYorkUpstate: 2019 - Is Plan 2014 getting a bad rap for Lake Ontario flooding?
Ah hah! So there IS a backlash that has nothing to do with "climate change" and maybe more to do with an infestation of large moola? Some folks and industries not feeling the damp, while other residents are being deluged?
Syracuse.com: 2019 - Lake Ontario flooding isn’t ‘bad luck’: Plan 2014 is flawed (Commentary) Michael Riposo, of Syracuse, owns a seasonal home in Mexico, on the Lake Ontario shore.
Trudeau needs to sit that man down and 'splain to him about "climate change" the way he did to the irate flood volunteer about tough yewnowhuts. But as I said before, ever since that embarrassing video, he seems to have gone quiet on the subject.
However, from the Globe&Mail, May 2019:
An oblique reference to the effects of the ICJ's Plan 2014? (Correction: Should be IJC's Plan...)
Thanks to commenter Douglas for noticing and pointing out the error.
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