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The NY Times says NYC will be gone within a century, or two, because of  “climate change.”

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There had been warnings. In 2009, the New York City Panel on Climate Change issued a prophetic report. “In the coming decades, our coastal city will most likely face more rapidly rising sea levels and warmer temperatures, as well as potentially more droughts and floods, which will all have impacts on New York City’s critical infrastructure,” said William Solecki, a geographer at Hunter College and a member of the panel. But what good are warnings?

How “prophetic.” They predicted bad weather. The little hairs on my neck are standing up.

Intelligence agents received advance word that terrorists were hoping to hijack commercial jets. Who listened?

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(Not George W. Bush.) If we can’t imagine our own deaths, as Freud insisted, how can we be expected to imagine the death of a city?

Last month’s “weather event” should have taught us that. Whether in 50 or 100 or 200 years, there’s a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea.

It’s this willed ignorance, I suspect, that explains why it’s difficult to process the implications of climate change for New York, even in the face of explicit warnings from politicians,

Wait. POLITICIANS are warning us of climate change?? Color me red for embarrassment. I stand corrected. Climate change is real. A ‘politician” has said so.

not the most future-oriented people. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has been courageous to make global warming a subject of public debate, but will taxpayers support his proposal to build a levee in New York Harbor? Wouldn’t it be easier to think of Sandy as a “once in a lifetime” storm? Even as Lower Manhattan continues to bail itself out — this time in the literal sense.

And as I walk past the splashing fountain in front of the museum’s south entrance on West 77th Street, I recall a sentence from Edward Gibbon’s ode to evanescence, “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” in which “the learned Poggius” gazes down at the remains of the city from the Capitoline hill: “The public and private edifices, that were founded for eternity, lie prostrate, naked, and broken, like the limbs of a mighty giant; and the ruin is the more visible, from the stupendous relics that have survived the injuries of time and fortune.”This is our fate. All the more reason to appreciate what we have while we have it.

Wait. Rome fell because of climate change? I did not know that.

 

» 31 Comments

  1. Jack Daniels

    November 26th, 2012

    No need to worry, it will be gone long before any ‘climate change’ takes place. Socialism will destroy it first.

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  2. Diann

    November 26th, 2012

    You had me at NYC will be gone…

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  3. Bad Brad

    November 26th, 2012

    Fresh water Bass?

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  4. J Frank Parnell

    November 26th, 2012

    NY Times. What is that, some kind of lefty blog or something?

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  5. Whom

    November 26th, 2012

    “Rome fell because of climate change? I did not know that.”

    Yes- sadly, it was all those SUV’s burning fossile fuels.. And they just wouldn’t listen to the great Goracle of Delphi.

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  6. Noodengr

    November 26th, 2012

    I accidently tuned into algore droning on about climate change the other day. What a doom and gloomer. Jack Daniels is right, the left’s policies will bring down civilization as we know it far faster than the natural cycles that the earth has always gone through.

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  7. Poonces

    November 26th, 2012

    Can the NY Times or Al Gore convince their buddy global warming to take San Francisco too?

    Puleeaase?

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  8. Anne

    November 26th, 2012

    Liberalism is, indeed, a mental illness indigenous to retards.

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  9. Unneutral

    November 26th, 2012

    If NYC was gone tomorrow I can’t say it would have much effect on me.

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  10. Carlos The Jackal

    November 26th, 2012

    New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco gone, and my Texas property is beachfront?
    Looooves me some global warming!!!

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  11. Dr. Tar

    November 26th, 2012

    Will someone Please shut chicken little up! I am sick and tired of the same old prophets of doom (or Profit from Doom if your Manbearpig) predicting our demise.

    Say, every notice, no one uses the term “sick and tired” anymore? It seems to have gone the way of “groove” and “far out” man.

    With Obamacare upon us now I think sick and tired is going to come back though – especially in literal sense.

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  12. Xavier

    November 26th, 2012

    Ever notice that all of the catastrophic AGW predictions are outside of the career span of the predictors? Odd, isn’t it?

    P.S.- New York under water? What’s the downside?

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  13. Millertime

    November 26th, 2012

    NYC gone from climate change? Maybe

    NY Times extinct because everyone who actually seeks news in the written form has figured out that Pravda er, NYT is not a reliable source? You betcha, they will be gone within a year

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  14. even steven

    November 26th, 2012

    Plate tectonics will wipe out New York City in an instant, so there’s no need to worry about global warming doing so.

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  15. Dr. Tar

    November 26th, 2012

    @Xavier & Millertime so what you guys are saying is that the NYT will be underwater way before the city. I like that, poetic justice right there.

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  16. simply enraged

    November 26th, 2012

    @ Millertime: Yep! Let’s hope for really serious political climate change within the dwindling NYSlimes readership. If we’re lucky, that crapwaffle institution will be gone in a couple years

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  17. Jerry Manderin

    November 26th, 2012

    As long as iOTW stays online let NYC drown.

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  18. Shiite from Shinola

    November 26th, 2012

    Because of “Hope” & (climate) “Change.” And I won’t give it that long.

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  19. Anonymous

    November 26th, 2012

    I predict that NYC will be a gigantic, walled, megalopolis of rat people eating each other in another century or two.

    So, who’s got the time machine to see which one of us is correct?

    2 century predictions – what a crock of shit.

    Try predicting the Friday close of the Dow-Jones.

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  20. Tim

    November 26th, 2012

    That was me with the prediction thing – damned teleprompter!

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  21. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 26th, 2012

    If that painting was of two guys on top of a glacier in cold weather gear with the torch sticking out of the ice, I’d say that was more the truth than anything.

    Rome fell because of climate change?

    Yes and no. No, because of the downward spiral of morals in the late Roman Empire. Yes, because the colder temperatures around 450AD caused the tribes of central Asia to move west which caused the tribes of central Europe to move west and south thus moving into Roman territory.

    However, had that happened at the height of the Roman Empire, the Goths and Huns would have been wiped out. Since Rome was at the end of 400 years of long decline, it was going to be the Goths or Huns or someone else anyway.

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  22. Mr.Gates

    November 26th, 2012

    I’m not seeing the down side.

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  23. Noelegy

    November 26th, 2012

    No great loss. Sorry, they’ve squandered their post-9/11 goodwill and then some.

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  24. Noelegy

    November 26th, 2012

    P.S. Look up Bill Hicks and “Arizona Bay.”

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  25. LadyGun12

    November 26th, 2012

    @Noelegy: I used to work will Bill Hicks’ sister.

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  26. no-mo-obamy

    November 26th, 2012

    Tootles!

    So what!
    I’bet it’ll smell better during the summer months.

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  27. Blink

    November 26th, 2012

    Wait. I think the headline was a misprint, it ought to have said, “The NY Times says NYT will be gone within a year, or two, because of “…..”

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  28. alphamaser

    November 26th, 2012

    +1 degree in the last 100 years, and no significant warming the last 15 — right from the IPCC. I call B.S. on liberals that are *supposed* to be skeptical because they are “scientific” (no they’re not, facts just get in the way for them).

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  29. Blink

    November 26th, 2012

    NYC is becoming the reality of the 1981 sci-fi movie, “Escape from N.Y.”

    Wherein the summary of the city in the movie is, “The film is set in the near future in a crime-ridden United States that has converted New York City into a maximum security prison.”

    With Bloomberg and Obama setting the stage for the productive people in the city going Galt, what better use is there for the city? If the ground zero Cordoba House mosque is built that will complete the requirements for the transformation.

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  30. Anonymous

    November 26th, 2012

    NYT underwater?

    Blame it on your readership

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  31. Jethro

    November 26th, 2012

    What if all the ice melts? A rational explanation:
    http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/environment/waterworld.html
    .

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