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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Everglades shows government threatens the environment, Mister Obama

On the celebration of Lenin's Birthday under the guise of Earth day by socialists everywhere, President Obama made a theatrical appearance in the Everglades to expound upon the virtues of the government taking charge of industry in the name of ecology.

Not only is his physical science wrong on global warming junk (surface temperatures of the Earth are in a decline, even as carbon dioxide levels reach 800,000-year highs), but his political science of federal protection of the Everglades is ridiculous.

The biggest threat to the Everglades came from Washington.

"A national push for expansion and progress in the United States occurred in the later part of the 19th century, which stimulated interest in draining the Everglades for agricultural use. According to historians, 'From the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century, the United States went through a period in which wetland removal was not questioned. Indeed, it was considered the proper thing to do.' Draining the Everglades was suggested as early as 1837, and a resolution in Congress was passed in 1842 that prompted Secretary of Treasury Robert J. Walker to request those with experience in the Everglades to give their opinion on the possibility of drainage. Many officers who had served in the Seminole Wars favored the idea. In 1850 Congress passed a law that gave several states wetlands within their state boundaries. The Swamp and Overflowed Lands Act ensured that the state would be responsible for funding the attempts at developing wetlands into farmlands. Florida quickly formed a committee to consolidate grants to pay for any attempts, though the The Civil War and Reconstruction halted progress until after 1877.," according to Wikipedia.

And let us not forget the role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in this.

"Two catastrophic hurricanes in 1926 and 1928 caused Lake Okeechobee to breach its levees, killing thousands of people. The government began to focus on the control of floods rather than drainage. The Okeechobee Flood Control District was created in 1929, financed by both state and federal funds. President Herbert Hoover toured the towns affected by the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane and ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to assist the communities surrounding the lake. Between 1930 and 1937 a dike 66 miles long was built around the southern edge of the lake. Control of the Hoover Dike and the waters of Lake Okeechobee were delegated to federal powers: the United States declared legal limits of the lake to between 14 and 17 feet. A massive canal was also constructed 80 feet wide and 6 feet deep through the Caloosahatchee River; whenever the lake rose too high, the excess water left through the canal. More than $20 million was spent on the entire project. Sugarcane production soared after the dike and canal were built. The populations of the small towns surrounding the lake jumped from 3,000 to 9,000 after World War II," Wikipedia reported.

Sugarcane production soared. That's what the canal was really about.

I am agnostic about draining swamps. But I am deeply religious about reminding people of history -- and hypocrites.

Environmentalism is not about saving the planet; it is about controlling the populace.

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