Barack Obama is now an authority on permafrost.
Thirty Alaskan native villages on the coast are about to disappear into frigid waters; 12 are considering moving altogether. As sea ice melts earlier and forms later, more open water is left in the Chukchi and Bering Seas and the Arctic Ocean (which surround Alaska). Storms are larger and wreak more damage as a result (because ice protects the shoreline). And thawing permafrost, on which many villages are built, worsens matters by causing homes to sink towards calamity and releasing methane into the atmosphere. “Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it,” Barack Obama said at a conference on climate change in the Arctic on August 31st. Lee Stephan, president of the Tribal Council of Eklutna, a native village, agreed: “If all the ice on Mother Earth melts we will all live in water,” he said.
Greenhouse gases bear the blame; America alone produces 15% of global carbon-dioxide emissions.
Unbelievable stupidity on the part of Obama and The Economist. Alaskan villages built on permafrost have been melting for as long as people have been stupid enough to build villages on permafrost.
And to make matters worse, these villages are built on sand/gravel bars which have been shifting since the dawn of gravel bars.
“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”
― Ronald Reagan