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Aronoff: Are Midwest Floods Caused by Global Warming or Radical Environmentalists?

By Roger Aronoff

Many Global Warming Alarmists are pointing to the floods in the Midwest as the latest proof of global warming. But a powerful piece at provides an alternative suggestion as to the real cause of the flooding: the perhaps unintended consequences of radical environmentalist policies regarding the system of dams on the Missouri River.

Al Gore gave a speech in New York last week in which he linked the flooding in the Midwest and the fires in Arizona to global warming: “Today, the biggest fire in the history of the state of Arizona is spreading to New Mexico. Today, the biggest flood in the history of the Mississippi River Valley is under way right now,” Gore said. “At what point is there a moment where we say, ‘Oh, we ought to do something about this?’”

One of Gore’s dimmer acolytes, Bill Maher, took up the issue on his show on HBO, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Maher seemed to be hooked up to a machine that gave him a shock every time he uttered the words “global warming,” which he repeatedly did, before, in each case, correcting himself to say “climate change.” He said, "I don't call it global warming anymore because that is bad. It is climate change." Maher finally got it out, sort of, and asked, “Why doesn't he [Obama] point to this and say this is all because of climate change. He doesn't seem to use what he has to make a case.”

But in the article, “The Purposeful Flooding of America's Heartland,” in American Thinker, Joe Herring makes a very strong, well documented case, that the system of dams built in the area to tame the Missouri River and prevent this sort of thing from happening was well conceived and executed:  “Some sixty years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began the process of taming the Missouri by constructing a series of six dams. The idea was simple: massive dams at the top moderating flow to the smaller dams below, generating electricity while providing desperately needed control of the river’s devastating floods.”

But in the 1990s the plan was hijacked by radical environmentalists with a different agenda: “The Clinton administration threw its support behind the change, officially shifting the priorities of the Missouri River dam system from flood control, facilitation of commercial traffic, and recreation to habitat restoration, wetlands preservation, and culturally sensitive and sustainable biodiversity.”

Herring cites Greg Pavelka, a wildlife biologist with the Corps of Engineers in Yankton, SD, who told the Seattle Times that “this event will leave the river in a ‘much more natural state than it has seen in decades,’ describing the epic flooding as a ‘prolonged headache for small towns and farmers along its path, but a boon for endangered species.’”

Herring also documents that, through a series of emails last February, “Ft. Pierre SD Director of Public Works Brad Lawrence sounded the alarm loud and clear,” but the alarm of this “flood of biblical proportions” was not heeded. Why don’t the mainstream media follow up on Mr. Herring’s findings?

For people looking for some straight talk about global warming from some actual scientists who aren’t part of that consensus we’re always hearing about, I recommend The Heartland Institute’s conference this Thursday and Friday, which will be webcast here. This will demonstrate why Maher, and Gore and the other alarmists prefer to call it “climate change,” and not “global warming.” The evidence doesn’t support the warming theory. One of the participants will be Australian scientist Bob Carter, who recently pointed out that “Between 2001 and 2010 global average temperature decreased by 0.05 degrees, over the same time that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels increased by 5 per cent. Ergo, carbon dioxide emissions are not driving dangerous warming.”


Roger Aronoff is the Editor of Accuracy in Media. He can be contacted at

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    June 28, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Liberalism is indeed a form of insanity where their disabled brains seek to disable our human exceptionalism. To dumb us back down to their level of rule of the jungle, where humans must venerate the primacy of animal rights, and animal behavior is to be worshiped at all cost. Caribou in Alaska become more sacred than creating jobs or heating homes of humans. Endangered species must survive, even at the cost of endangering the human species. Most of these animal inspired, tree hugging, secular progressive power seeking Liberal Democrats are nothing more than traitors to their gender, traitors to their nation, traitors to their species, and traitors to the human race which they are unfit to belong. Why place such people into positions of power over us? And we wonder why our people, our nation, and the American values that made us great continue to be betrayed.
    Throw the bums under the bus, and then throw them out,,,,before all good Americans throw up!

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  2. Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
    June 28, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Liberals have a clear agenda here.  Create a problem so that you can devise a solution that creates another problem so that you can devise a solution that creates. . .  That’s their method for gaining and retaining power.  It works. It’s only insanity if we keep voting them back in.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      June 28, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

      It also works to create more meaningless government paper pushing jobs which lock humans into government dependency and more slaves to vote Democrat at the polls.

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  3. bobnipComment by bobnip
    June 28, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    Looking at the agenda of “environmentalists” is like reading a Marvel Comic Book! Superman better be aware of and avoid Kryptonite! It will kill him! The comic book of today is called, Earth in the Balance. This book was written by the mental giant, Al Gore. In it Gore tells us of the importance of “listening to the fairies of the forest how to treat our world.” And, from this genius we develop a world program???

    The environmentalists have attacked hydroelectricity produced by dams for years. They have been advocating and filing suit after suit to have these dams removed. Take a close look at where dams have been removed and you will see increased incidences of flooding! But, to show you how ridiculous the environmentalist have become I would point to Tehachapi Pass in California. There are probably 20-30 thousand wind turbines producing electricity there. So, what’s the Sierra Club do? They file a suit against the wind turbine owners because “Eagles could be getting killed by the spinning propeller blades!” I kid you not!
    It is no coincidence that 9000 scientists signed a petition telling our government “Global Warming” is a SHAM. It is a program developed by Maurice Strong, a billionaire, that is utilizing this false premise to pad his pockets! It’s very simple. Well-meaning groups like the Sierra Club are being financed to file suit after suit against American Industries. The more Strong can limit production and productivity in America the better off he is! He then invests in similar industries in other nations. A prime example of this is the Oilfields in Brazil. Maurice Strong and George Soros instructed our Pseudo-President to keep the moratorium on drilling in the gulf in effect to give Brazil a boost. They even instructed Barry to send 2 Billion of our hard earned tax dollars to the Brazilian Government and had him say, “We’ll be your best customer.” Mean while, 35000 American’s lost their jobs in the gulf! Then we find the oil produced in Brazil will be bought up by China and the European Union.
    It is incumbent on every American that cares to protect our Republic form of government and our Constitution to speak out against Obama. Many churches are teaching a false doctrine that we simply should standby and watch this nation crumble. They hold this belief saying, “God is in control.” They better reread Revelations and see that we are an intrical part of God’s plan to establish a Kingdom/Government that will control all nations! We will rule over angels and principalities. I was told by my Pastor we should never say anything negatively about Obama. I asked for Biblical support for that statement. To date he has not responded. I can show anyone that cares incidences where the prophets like Jeremiah spoke out against the Kings of this world. Even with threat of death! Steven spoke out on his faith and died for it! We cannot stay silent! Christianity is under attack and I say Christians need to speak up too!

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      June 28, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

      They are certainly a double-minded group. Does that make them officially schizophrenic?
      Environmentalism is a tool of the communists. If you look at their goals, they have managed to accomplish a lot under the guise of “protecting the environment.” Private-property rights are continually being eroded under this facade. The genuine granola-eating, mud-hut crowd are too excited to have someone on their side to realize that their movement has been hijacked by Marxists for their own purposes.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      June 28, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

      I suspect the Muslim Saudi, Gadhafi, Russian oil producer types that definitly have a vested interest in keeping the oil of north American in the ground to prop up their price of oil.

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  4. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    June 28, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    The ‘record fires’ in California in recent years have been attributed to the amount of fuel allowed to accumulate … due to environmentalist-advocated management practices.
    Now, Arizona is suffereng a similar fate for the same reason.

    The floods were commonplace before the rivers were ‘controlled’ through engineering.
    But, environmentalists can’t abide engineering, and have gone to great lengths to return the Northern Plains to the annual flood paradigm of the past.

    The fact that this causes nature to interfere with mankind is of no consequence to them.  Their entire thrust is to make sure that mankind doesn’t interfere with nature.

    Of course, these activists are residents of areas where none of the consequences can sully their own existence.

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    • runt913Comment by runt913
      June 28, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

      “Of course, these activists are residents of areas where none of the consequences can sully their own existence.”
      I live 40 miles from the Missouri River.  Although my town is physically unaffected by the flooding, many, many of our neighboring towns, farms, friends and roads are.
      The towns are completely underwater, destroyed, evacuated.
      The farms are completely underwater, acres and acres of crops destroyed, and land ruined.  Ruined not just for this season, but for years to come.  When the waters finally recede (some predictions as late as December), they will leave behind on our rich, dark fertile earth, rocks, sand and other sediment and runoff “trash”.  It will take years for it to return to any semblance of what it was.
      Many of the farmers who are flooded did not have flood insurance because they were “outside” the flood plain.
      Interstate 29 is completely underwater from SW Iowa to St Joseph, Mo.  Repairs will be costly in tax dollars and detours will be costly (in terms of dollars and time) to truckers.
      The devastation is horrible and extends, at least, the entire length of Iowa and Nebraska from North to South, and half the length of Missouri……so far.
      Can someone tell me what creature (and his habitat) benefited from this destruction???

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    • liberty49Comment by liberty49
      June 29, 2011 @ 6:57 am

      I agree, the record fires all over the U.S. are primarily caused by these idiot environmentalists whose policies won’t allow the controlled burning of underbrush. We never had such fires before these twits got so much power! Also, the Army Corps of Engineers used to be able to do a fine job of preventing the kind of floods decimating the Midwest. Now, only 16% of their efforts are allowed to go to flood control because of the environmentalists! IT IS TIME TO ABOLISH THE EPA. They are not friendly to the human race!

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