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Dutch approach to climate change: Adapt
Washington Post ^ | 12/5/09 | Anthony Faiola and Juliet Eilperin

Posted on 12/05/2009 3:51:43 PM PST by La Enchiladita

AMSTERDAM -- With the Copenhagen summit starting Monday, chances remain uncertain for a historic breakthrough in the fight to prevent climate change, but the Netherlands is leading a fight of a different kind: How to live with global warming.

As sea levels swell and storms intensify, the Dutch are spending billions of euros on "floating communities" that can rise with surging flood waters, on cavernous garages that double as urban floodplains and on re-engineering parts of a coastline as long as North Carolina's. The government is engaging in "selective relocation" of farmers from flood-prone areas, and expanding rivers and canals to contain anticipated swells.

..."Adaptation is going to prove to be the most difficult, the most combative, and in many ways, the most important part of the climate negotiations," said Tim Wirth, president of the U.N. Foundation, adding that when it comes to global warming, "The people who are most impacted are the ones who have the least voice. That's going to emerge as a very important political dispute."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: climategate; dutch; netherlands
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Yes, it's WaPo, but highlights an interesting alternative to whining and demanding more $$$. Also, Hot Air states today, Washington Post Warming to Climategate…, hmmmm.
1 posted on 12/05/2009 3:51:44 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita; FrPR; TenthAmendmentChampion; Horusra; Delacon; Thunder90; Entrepreneur; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

2 posted on 12/05/2009 3:53:42 PM PST by steelyourfaith (Time to prosecute Al Gore now that fellow scam artist Bernie Madoff is in stir.)
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Sorry, I always forget who it is that has the global warming pinger. The WaPo article relates this shocker:

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which governs the international talks, created a "Least Developed Countries Fund" in 2001. But it has yet to receive the full $180 million pledged eight years ago by rich nations. At the Group of Eight meeting last year in Japan, the U.S. pledged to give $2 billion over three years to the World Bank for climate-related activities, including clean technology and adaptation. But the U.S. budget for fiscal year 2009 provided nothing for the adaptation fund, and the 2010 budget bills in the House and Senate -- which have yet to be reconciled -- both give $75 million to the fund, $25 million less than the administration requested.

Tsk, tsk, the libs have not honored their pledges. Imagine that!? Then, another heretic speaks:

"A few years ago, people thought you were a defeatist if you talked about adaptation to climate change," said Malcolm Fergusson, head of Climate Change at Britain's Environment Agency. "We say that mitigation is important but so is adaptation, and the two go together."

Adapt!! It is what human beings do best!! Hellloooooo.......

3 posted on 12/05/2009 3:56:45 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.")
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To: steelyourfaith

You are quick! Thanks.


4 posted on 12/05/2009 3:57:12 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.")
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To: La Enchiladita

The WaPo has an ‘On Faith’ section that is usually devoted to thinly-disguised slams on Christianity.

Perhaps they should move their AGW stories to that section.


5 posted on 12/05/2009 4:03:35 PM PST by relictele
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To: La Enchiladita

WaPo often uses Saturday to publish the more conservative or factual view in a more positive light. It’s much like Friday night’s news dump. They hope few will pay attention.


6 posted on 12/05/2009 4:04:37 PM PST by onyx
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Adapt!! It is what human beings do best!!

Adapting to leftists gives me heartburn. Can I sue?

7 posted on 12/05/2009 4:05:46 PM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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"and storms intensify"

They got any data for this?

8 posted on 12/05/2009 4:09:21 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: onyx

Hehe. And then, you have to love the non-story here: the Netherlands, affectionately know as Holland, is BENEATH sea level already. It is a manufactured, landfill nation.


9 posted on 12/05/2009 4:13:00 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.")
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To: Paladin2

Data?! What are you, a meteorologist?:)


10 posted on 12/05/2009 4:14:10 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.")
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To: La Enchiladita

LOL and then tilting at windmills comes to mind. Oy vey.


11 posted on 12/05/2009 4:14:41 PM PST by onyx
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To: relictele

I’m not following. Are you saying it is un-Christian to believe in global warming alarmism? I say it’s unscientific, and so do the e-mails.


12 posted on 12/05/2009 4:15:22 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.")
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a historic breakthrough in the fight to prevent climate change

So the Climate Shamans are now casting spells to do away with the seasons?

13 posted on 12/05/2009 4:15:38 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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Exactly. And please give data on this big sea surge. Climategate put a hole in a dam that had flooded over by people shouting government is illegitimate. This is obfuscation of our enslavement.

This article is to set up a roadblock the conclusions that lie in summit thoughts. It may convey facts but it is black propaganda.


14 posted on 12/05/2009 4:17:18 PM PST by poodle
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To: onyx

Tip-toeing through the tulips in your wellingtons:).


15 posted on 12/05/2009 4:18:48 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.")
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To: La Enchiladita

The Dutch reclaimed plenty of land from the sea hundreds of years ago. They know what they are doing, assuming that the long-haired druggies haven’t taken over.


16 posted on 12/05/2009 4:23:44 PM PST by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Winged Hussar; onyx
The Low, Low Lands of Holland (Irish trad tune)
17 posted on 12/05/2009 4:36:39 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.")
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To: La Enchiladita

Broken Hearted I’ll Wander - I like!

Thanks, you!!!!


18 posted on 12/05/2009 4:38:34 PM PST by onyx
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To: La Enchiladita
Adapt!! It is what human beings do best!!
As we say in the Marine Corps: Improvise - adapt - overcome.
19 posted on 12/05/2009 4:40:38 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: onyx

‘Welcome..,. I luv Dolores Keane.


20 posted on 12/05/2009 4:45:53 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.")
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