Recovery & Preparation; Between Two Storms
Hurricane Irma barreled through the Florida Keys, landing on the southernmost Florida cost on Sept. 10th, not long after the record-breaking damages done by Hurricane Harvey, tearing through homes, businesses, and infrastructure. The storm was a CAT-4 tropical storm when it hit, and weakened as it plowed its way up through Florida and moved into Georgia and South Carolina. The storm brought several feet of precipitation, and massive flooding in the FL panhandle, leaving trailers removed from their locations, cars and small homes destroyed, streets flooded with debris, and the area polluted with waste from industrial chemical plants and oil refineries in the area.
The Pollutant Devastation That Followed
As the winds and flooding tore through the local infrastructure, chemical plants, and oil refineries lost toxic waste to the earth surrounding. A law suit by first responders during Harvey has challenged to sue the owner of a chemical plant which exploded, making them sick, one of 40 individual pollutant accidents during hurricane Harvey alone...
Credit for video; Agari Roxs
Now, as cities, towns, and businesses reel from the devastation, preparations must now be made for a third hurricane in a row, Hurricane Jose, currently "spiraling" toward landfall in the midst of an almost unpredictable weather pattern. Meteorologists remain uncertain exactly how or where Hurricane Jose will hit, but Bermuda and the Bahamas are likely targets at this point, as the storm surge "spirals" through the Atlantic westward.
Shell Knew This Was Coming!
Yet another lawsuit alleges that Shell knew already of the dangers of climate change, knowing predictably that such would increase the potency of tropical storms. Yet Shell refused to act on this knowledge, either with safety precautions for such weather patterns, and certainly not to curtail their massive profits by transferring to a renewable form of energy without major climate implications. This is evidenced by a 1991 video made by Shell themselves making predictions based on their early knowledge of climate change, while refusing to act on this knowledge.
Exacerbating The Issue: Climate Change
When 25% of the homes in a given area are destroyed, and 40 individual pollutant accidents occur due to the same catastrophe, it may be time to look at the information provided by members of the scientific community who have been predicting such devastation for years. Climatologists agree that anthropocentric climate change is most certainly real, and there is something we can do about it. Something we could have done about it before this point, had it not been for the destructive storms of capitalism, and its effects on the energy sector. If not for the greed and its subsequent externalization of social and biological cost, decisions could be being made now that reverse the course of our nations ecological chronicle. The fact that capitalism continues to drive our system of class competition and expansive consumerism and waste at whatever cost, only stands as a witness that we may be writing the last chapter of that chronicle.