"There are none so blind as those who will not see."
A 16th-century proverb that came to mind after reading Brenda Pogg's piece in the Jan. 5 Virginia Gazette in which she framed the issue of global warming in the context of how well our economy is doing.
It is agreed fossil fuels are the main driver of global warming. There are no fossil fuel producers in the 96th District whose cause Del. Pogge might wish to champion, so the reason for her presentation must be to show political loyalty hoping that might lead to a committee chairmanship, or even strike gold by recognition from the Republican National Committee.
A recent report stated we must address the issue of global warming in the next decade or face very negative consequences in agriculture, human health and social unrest. The report was not written by "trial attorneys looking to score big contingency fees," as she speaks of in her piece, but by 300 government scientists from 12 governmental agencies written over a three year period.
Del. Pogge would provide a valuable national service if she read the 1,600 page document, written notes, then made a tape and sent it to the president whose reading interests are no more challenging than the script at the bottom of the Fox and Friends broadcast. In his defense, he has said, "I looked at it."
Last week, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation downgraded the health of the bay to a D+. The extraordinary weather in its six-state watershed swept huge amounts of chemicals and debris into the bay and climatologists fear this unusual weather, a result of climate change, my occur more frequently in the future. In her piece, Pogge spoke only of the manufacturing sector in her praise of the economy. There was no mention of the $4 billion seafood industry, or the 34,000 jobs it has created. There was no concern expressed for climate change and how it might threaten the population loss of striped bass, crabs, oysters or menhaden, although each species is dependent on stable, known temperature, water clarity and salinity ranges.
Correlation does not mean causation, but can the emergence of daffodil shoots in the boulevard on Commons Way several weeks earlier than usual mean that global climate change has affected Williamsburg's climate?