Climate Change and the Yellow Vest Revolt for Bristol?
by Lewis Loflin
Why as a Bristol resident should we be concerned with climate change hysteria? For the last 50 years it has been ecological collapse any day. The proposed solutions would do zero about climate anything. It would further destroy what little of rural America globalism hasn't already destroyed.
The Bristol Herald Courier (11-28-2018) headline, "US Farmers store record soybean crop as China dispute weighs."
Climate change cultists claimed we would be facing mass starvation by 1990 and revise the "scientific consensus" every few years. Instead in 2018 we have "a potentially a 1-billion bushel surplus."
At 60 pounds per bushel is 60 billion pounds of soybeans! That doesn't count other nations such as Brazil.
Yet now they claim record cold is due CO2 without a shred of proof. Fact is it's a lull in solar output starting in early 2017. For more on this see Applying Reason to Social Issues halfway down the page.
Dr. Steven Stanley asks, "Have climate changes been gradual during the Holocene time?" His answer is NO. Thus gradual climate change has NEVER been part of the natural world even without humans.
Related: U.S.D.A. Coming to Bristol Good or Bad? Lobbying efforts by local government to locate two U.S.D.A. offices to Bristol have kicked into high gear. They hope to lure the agency to relocate 2 offices and 600 Federal jobs to Bristol to the empty Alpha building.
Bristol and much of America outside most large urban areas would be further devastated by onerous regulations and restrictions being used to achieve desired political ends.
We get move-in environmentalists that rip-off millions in government grants to create "sustainable" development. They instead hamper actual development such as a truck stop or shopping center.
Christophe Guilluy writes of the Yellow Vest riots in France and the same thing applies to "Peripheral" Virginia:
"'Peripheral France' is about the geographic distribution of the working classes across France. Fifteen years ago, I noticed that the majority of working-class people actually live very far away from the major globalized cities - far from Paris, Lyon and Toulouse, and also very far from London and New York.
Technically, our globalized economic model performs well. It produces a lot of wealth. But it doesn’t need the majority of the population to function. It has no real need for the manual workers, laborers and even small-business owners outside of the big cities. Paris creates enough wealth for the whole of France, and London does the same in Britain. But you cannot build a society around this. The gilets jaunes is a revolt of the working classes who live in these places...
They tend to be people in work, but who don't earn very much...Some of them are very poor if they are unemployed. Others were once middle-class. What they all have in common is that they live in areas where there is hardly any work left. They know that even if they have a job today, they could lose it tomorrow and they won't find anything else."
The Brexit vote in Britain and Trump are both symptoms of working class revolts against mass immigration and globalism. Yes it does hit Bristol as scores of companies have dumped its workers for Mexico and China. Then we import illegal aliens to take much of what is left.
Think of the 500 jobs lost in 2018 at Bristol Compressors. The jobs available are low-end retail and service jobs that can't replace the jobs lost. The Chamber of Commerce is pushing to encourage "immigrants" to move into the area to take these low-end jobs.
The elite on both sides of the Atlantic are fixated on open borders, non-citizens, and using "climate change" as a means to world governance. Don't believe me? To quote the Bristol Herald Courier A8 December 24, 2018:
"Without the United States, does the decades long effort to UNITE THE GLOBE in fighting climate change..."
Working class and rural regions of Virginia are already marginalized and struggling. Nearly all the wealth in Virginia is Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads. (All still have sizable non-white under classes of low-skill blacks and "immigrants".
Not only is most of the wealth concentrated large urban centers, the policies they promote creates additional rural poverty. In Hamblen County (Morristown) Tennessee at the fringes of Tri-Cities is swamped with illegal alien Hispanics. They take most of the jobs at local poultry plants, etc driving wages through the floor and displacing poor native-born workers.
Need I go into crime and exploding welfare and education costs shifted onto local taxpayers?
Same problem in the Shenandoah Valley as "immigrants" have driven native born, rural, poor Americans out of the meat packing industry. Wages have fallen 50% adjusted for inflation since 1970 in Virginia meat packing plants.
I'm a racist for bringing up these facts so be it. Climate change social engineering is more of the same. It doesn't hurt the urban wealthy but further impoverishes the rural white "deplorable's" they have no use for. It was climate change taxes that triggered the French working class riots.
Typical again is the Bristol Herald Courier. Owned by Warren Buffett as nearly every newspaper in Virginia they mimic the "New York Times" and "Washington Post" with headlines like, "High heat: 2018 was the 4th warmest on record." (January 25, 2019)
The article was propaganda not science. Typical for the press was word-twisting and omission of facts. The claim "2018 was the 4th warmest on record" was a lie. We are in what is called the Holocene period that began 11,700 years ago when the Ice Age ended. It has been far warmer several times since then than today.
In 2012 they "adjusted" all historical climate data prior to 1980 through computer modeling. Actual thermometer readings were wrong they claim, so they "fixed" them. Then recently "fixed" the 2012 "fix" again. This so violates the scientific method I don't know where to begin. I don't accept this.
They say, "While the earth was a tad bit cooler (in 2018)..." it was considerably cooler in 2018. To further quote,
"last years temperature 58.93 degrees. That's 1.39 degrees warmer than the average from 1951 to 1980 and about 2.09 degrees warmer than pre-industrial times."
Besides the controversy over adjusting down pre-1980 temperature data the statement is correct, but still false. 1951 to 1980 was a cooling period far below the 1930s and early 1800s. That's when "scientists" were alarmed over a coming ice age in the 1970s due to pollution reflecting sunlight.
As for pre-industrial times that was the Little Ice Age that ran from the 1300s to around 1800. Without the data "adjustments" after 2012 and with the average measured from 1800 to 1980 that claim would be false.
They did note while trying to play it down the effects of El Nino and La Nina during this time. That can cause the exact warming they are hyping up.
There is not a thing going on today that couldn't be linked to mainly natural causes or hasn't already occurred during the Holocene.
There is a mass cultural divide tearing nations apart with Donald Trump and Brexit other examples. And the elite reactions on both side of the Atlantic are identical. To quote Guilluy:
"Not only does peripheral France (or Virginia) fare badly in the modern economy, it is also culturally misunderstood by the elite. The yellow-vest movement is a truly 21st-century movement in that it is cultural as well as political. Cultural validation is extremely important in our era.
One illustration of this cultural divide is that most modern, progressive social movements and protests are quickly endorsed by celebrities, actors, the media and the intellectuals. But none of them approve of the gilets jaunes. (Or Trump voters or Brexit voters.) Their emergence has caused a kind of psychological shock to the cultural establishment. It is exactly the same shock that the British elites experienced with the Brexit vote and that they are still experiencing now, three years later.
The Brexit vote had a lot to do with culture, too, I think. It was more than just the question of leaving the EU. Many voters wanted to remind the political class that they exist. That's what French people are using the gilets jaunes for - to say we exist. We are seeing the same phenomenon in populist revolts across the world."
These revolts are decried as racist and fascist by our ruling elite and their press propagandists.
For the elite ecology and climate change is a religion for rich urbanites. Nature is sacred and must be preserved at all cost. It makes them feel good while costing them nothing. Small town and rural America that already lacks good jobs can't afford crushing carbon taxes and $8 a gallon gas.
Nor can we afford to move. To further quote Christophe Guilluy when asked How have the working-classes come to be excluded?
"All the growth and dynamism is in the major cities, but people cannot just move there. The cities are inaccessible, particularly thanks to mounting housing costs. The big cities today are like medieval citadels. It is like we are going back to the city-states of the Middle Ages..."
This might not be so absurd. Virginia right now is debating tolls on I-81 that goes through Bristol. I-81 in reality is a rural interstate passing though no major urban centers except perhaps Roanoke. It is the main access road for many local residents.
While they claim to need $2.2 billion for upgrades, they wasted between $1-$2 billion on the useless Coalfields Expressway running through the most empty part of Southwest Virginia. The road is pure pork and does nothing to address poverty in the Virginia Coalfields.
The fact is Virginia is now a Blue State controlled by radical Urban Democrats. They will turn Virginia into a California style hell. California has the highest poverty rates in the nation.
Decades of mismanagement, fraud, and waste by Republicans at the Tobacco Commission, etc. has left rural Southwest Virginia at the mercy of an urban party hostile to poor white people.
Ref. 'The gilets jaunes are unstoppable' Christophe Guilluy on the cultural divide driving the yellow vests. Spiked 11th January 2019.
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