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. There 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 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 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.

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 (a cooling abnormality they failed to mention) and about 2.09 degrees warmer than pre-industrial times."

But pre-industrial times was the Little Ice Age! Yet 1940 was 2.1 degree Fahrenheit warmer than 1890. 1940 was also 1.26 degree Fahrenheit warmer than 1965.

NASA took its own 1999 data clearly showing the 1930s-40s were warmer than today and falsified it in 2019.

The new claims and the falsifications they claims are justified by computer model - what they believe the data should. This is a violation of the scientific method. No scientific, then I reject the claims.

The claim is thus false. In August 2019 I came across a 1975 study National Academy of Sciences study "Understanding Climatic Change A program for Action".

I have the entire study and you can read it yourself. Download climate_1975.pdf.

It confirms what I already knew - 2019 climate claims are a fraud. They altered the earlier data. It was far warmer in the 1030-40s than today. The following graphs are taken from the study and the latter 2 from NASA in 1999 and altered data for 2019.

Also 1975 study introduction: 1975 Government Study Raises Climate Alarm extracts.

Note the following familiar sounding words:

It is not primarily the advance of a major ice sheet over our farms and cities that we must is persistent changes of the temperature and rainfall in areas committed to agricultural use...Because world grain reserves are but a few percent of annual consumption, an unfavorable crop year, such as occurred in the Ukraine in 1972, has immediate international consequences. The current drought in parts of Asia and in central Africa is producing severe hardship and has already caused the migration of millions of people...

Wait a minute, I thought droughts were caused by CO2! Yet we got the same droughts today before 1975. We have grain surpluses today nobody expected in 1975 - just the opposite.

Plate 1: Climate temperatures 1880-1969 published 1975.

plate 2: Climate cooling setting of panic 1958-1963.

Plate 3: NASA 1999 temperature graph showing massive warming above normal 1930-1945.

Plate 4:NASA 2019 temperature that altered down the massive warming in the 1930-45 from the 1999 graph.

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

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 1850. 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 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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