After a parched summer last year that left docks stranded and boat propellers scraping sandy shallows, the Great Lakes are blissfully -- and surprisingly -- full again this year.Heavy snow and rains since last winter have made the lakes rise. Scientists aren't sure whether this will last, but they're hopeful. The temperatures, moisture and ice cover next winter will be critical.
It is surprising to those who believed the alarmists who until recently claimed that global warming was killing the Great Lakes.
"Delay in confronting global warming and the protection of the Great Lakes will only make the problems worse and the solutions more costly," concluded the report's authors, which include environmental scientist Don Scavia of the University of Michigan. "It is imperative that lawmakers act now to stand up for the Great Lakes -- a national resource that millions of people depend on for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life."Sure, we had a few warmer and drier than normal years, but all it took was one wet winter and spring and the Great Lakes are within 4" of normal [average] levels. Congress was called upon to spend $20 billion dollars to fix things. That sounds like the trillions of dollars that so-called environmentalists want spent to fix CO2 increases.
To strengthen the Great Lakes to deal with unfolding changes stemming from global warming, the environmentalists urge Congress to pass a $20 billion package of fixes."
Meanwhile, CO2 levels continue their independent trend from temperature and precipitation.There are issues with the Great Lakes not related to global warming that should be addressed... like water diversion, invasive species, and pollution. Those are worthy of action, but it seems as if real problems must be shrouded in the blanket of "global warming" to get any attention these days.