There seems to be something of an eerie silence coming from the islands hit by Hurricane Irma over the past day or two. Others have noticed:
No one has heard from the tiny island [of Barbuda] it hit in hours.
The small island of Barbuda is said to be “barely habitable”.
Richard Branson seems to have survived on Necker Island. But both he and his fellow Global Warming/Climate Change alarmist son have been quick to use Irma to push the climate agenda:
Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed… Nature warning us again of the impact of #climatechange We must all do more to combat this. #nomoresubsidiesforfossilfuelandlivestockindustries
That’s all they need do: wait for a natural disaster, and then shout: “See! We told you so! Climate change! Caused by humans! And their carbon dioxide!” It probably isn’t caused by carbon dioxide, but that won’t stop them having a field day. If you cry wolf for long enough, a wolf will eventually show up.
But it should be no surprise if there’s silence from places that have become “barely habitable”. Everyone will be too busy trying to piece their lives back together to be able to post stuff on Twitter and Facebook. They may no longer have access to them anyway – unless they’re billionaire’s sons like Sam Branson, who can continue to push their climate agendas more or less uninterrupted. Such concerns are, after all, really only of concern to the idle rich.
For almost everybody else, life will have changed overnight for the worse, and more or less permanently. I read yesterday that after the last big hurricane that hit Puerto Rico, the power was out in some places for three months. It probably won’t be any different this time.
Hurricane Irma is predicted to turn north towards Florida, arriving there on Saturday. And Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago holiday home is among the places under threat there from Hurricane Irma. It turns out that Trump also owns le Château des Palmiers on the western tip of the island of Saint Martin, which the eye of the hurricane passed directly over yesterday.
If it’s still standing, it’ll probably have become a refugee centre. And those poolside loungers will have become hospital beds. If it hasn’t, Trump will come under attack for callous indifference to the population of Saint Martin. And if it has, he’ll come under attack for callously failing to provide sheets and blankets for the beds. Whatever he does, the mainstream media will keep bashing Trump.
But there may be a silver lining to these natural catastrophes, if they force people to think about things that actually matter, rather than things that don’t matter – like, for example, tobacco smoke. It is a sort of luxury to be able to feel concern for such trivial matters. And perhaps such concerns naturally vanish when they’re overtaken by more pressing concerns.