Examples of Fake News--Part Two

After posting my fake news article this morning, I was remarking to a friend how much snow we've gotten and how California has turned from drought to plenty with regards to water. I made the statement that California's drought must be over, based on overflowing dams and reservoirs, with more rain on the way.

"Oh, but the aquifers might never recover," he said. Say what?

"The aquifers might never recover" is a great example of fake news, so I decided to do a Google search and figure out where this came from. Turns out it is a quote by Jay Lund, the director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, and he wrote an op/ed in the Sacramento Bee. His quote was repeated in several other places, verbatim. And it makes for a good take-away, doesn't it? Here is the link if you wish to read his article: https://watershed.ucdavis.edu/news/2017/01/30/after-drought-california-u...

If you believe in the hoax of global warming, this quote would certainly stand out. It reinforces several of the dogma of the Left:

1. No matter what happens, climate change is irreversible.

(In other words, this is "settled science.")

2. Mother Nature cannot self-correct. Only human action can reverse climate change.

(In other words, we must change our behavior to adopt the climate-change agenda.)

3. So we had better keep funding the "UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences."

(In other words, I need to keep my job and my department fully funded, and more research is needed.)

The reason this is fake news is because it is drawing a false inference. To say that something "might" never recover is a loaded statement meant to support the above three points. Anything "might" happen. Aliens "might" land on earth from Jupiter.

An equally true statement, but implying the reverse conclusion, would be "aquifers could fully recover very soon with all this precipitation," said Allen Nitschelm, climatologist extraordinaire.

I read an article a few days ago about the rainfall and the dam that might fail, and the article said that for years, California has neglected to not only fix its water-management infrastructure, but has not been building enough storage to capture rainfall when it does occur. Instead, it is working on things like high-speed trains to nowhere, and funding illegal immigrant benefits. When a "natural disaster" happens, well, the politicians say that these things are bound to happen and nothing can be done. But poor planning for foreseeable events like droughts and then capturing water surplus is not the same type of challenge as an earthquake.

Fake news, part three: http://www.actonforum.com/blogs/allenn/fake-news-part-three

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