Southwest Virginia Population decline 2010-2018.

Peripheral Virginia Versus Climate Change Activism

by Lewis Loflin

Summary: so-called "climate activism" is a social and political movement. Its goal is government control of the economy and wealth redistribution. It is a pseudo-religious cause of the urban atheist/agnostic. Their scientific claims are driven by politics not observed data. The cost will be borne by the poor in general and in particular the rural poor.

They better start getting these claims right to justify feel-good policies that will inflict massive suffering in poor populations outside their gated communities.

The rural poor can't move to wealthy Blue State urban regions because it impossible to live there due to high cost, high poverty rates, and lack of good jobs for average people.

Above illustrates what is happening in "peripheral" Virginia. We can not have the economy furthered damaged merely to make rich people feel good.

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 has not already destroyed.

Climate is a political-social movement more interested promoting spiritual agendas than saving polar bears that are doing just fine.

The Bristol Herald Courier (11-28-2018) headline, "US Farmers store record soybean crop as China dispute weighs" is typical how past claims have been proven wrong.

Climate change cultists claimed we would be facing mass starvation by 1990. They revise the "scientific consensus" every few years when it is proven wrong. Instead in 2018 we have "a potentially a 1-billion bushel surplus."

At 60 pounds per bushel is 60 BILLION pounds of soybeans! That is a surplus 185 pounds of soybeans for every person in America. That doesn't count other nations such as Brazil.

Yet now they claim record cold is due to human induced climate change. Fact is it's a lull in solar output starting in early 2017.

Update 11/27/2018. Global temperatures have dropped. To quote:

From February 2016 to February 2018, "global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius...is the biggest two-year drop in the past century...the biggest five month drop ever (February to June 2016) and the fourth biggest (February to June 2017). A similar event from February to June 2018 would bring global average temperatures below the 1980s average."

Source: Investor Business Dailey 5/16/2018.

The www.independent.co.uk on Sept. 19, 2017 leads with the headline: "Global warming may be occurring more slowly than previously thought, study suggests Previous climate models may have been 'on the hot side'"

They note the so-called computer models have been wrong again. To quote,

Computer modelling used a decade ago to predict how quickly global average temperatures would rise may have forecast too much warming, a study has found.

The Earth warmed more slowly than the models forecast, meaning the planet has a slightly better chance of meeting the goals set out in the Paris climate agreement, including limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

What the heck is the big deal with 1.5C after the Little Ice Age that ended at the beginning of the industrial revolution? According to NASA in 1999 we already reached that in the 1930s-40s, before cooling off again.

But what about record forest fires? No they are not a record.

The U.S. has suffered severe droughts and massive fires since the 1800s most predate the 1930s. The Great Fires of 1871 as four of the worst broke out at once including the Chicago Fire. Three fires in Michigan destroyed Holland, Manistree, and Port Huron, Michigan. The Great Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin killed 1500 and burned millions of acres.

The Great Fire of 1910 burned 3 million acres in Idaho, Washington, Montana - an area the size of Connecticut. 78 died.

See Paradise California Ignores Natural Causes.

Dr. Steven Stanley asks, "Have climate changes been gradual during the Holocene time?" (11,700 years ago to today.) 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. It failed but asks the question is moving affluent people on top of poor people good for poor people. Going by inner cities the answer is no.

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.

Many have been trying to claim Middle East chaos is due to climate change. Utter nonsense. It's over population and religion.

See Middle East Chaos About Religion, Over Population by Lewis Loflin