Dust and Drang

I’m usually not a big fan of USA Today, but “On Plains, Concern about Another Dust Bowl” struck me as unusual and pertinent. Of course, talking to old farmers is, for my money, one of the wisest things anyone can do these days.

Having talked to the old farmer, this article then slips over to a discussion of climate change. Pertinently sneaky, I thought.

Here are just a couple of snippets from that part.

Gary McManus, a climatologist for Oklahoma’s state-run climate organization, says global warming could have a “catastrophic” impact across the parts of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma that suffered most in the “Dirty Thirties.”

He says the region’s climate is so dry, even in the best of times, that just a small increase in average temperatures could quickly cause critical amounts of moisture in the soil to evaporate.

Reading that I wondered if Senator Inhofe knows this guy is on the state payroll.

Then the article confirms what should be, but apparently isn’t, common knowledge about our water situation.

Meanwhile, the Ogallala Aquifer, the vast underground reservoir upon which the area relies for nearly all of its water, is being depleted by growing demand from commercial agriculture and urban centers.

There’s a good segment on the Law of Unintended Consequences about the introduction of the salt cedar for those who think that mankind can’t influence the planet. However, my favorite part sounds like something I’d find on my favorite doomer sites.

“Our society today isn’t used to turning on the spigot and having no water come out,” says McManus, co-author of Oklahoma’s official report on how the state could be affected by climate change. “That’s something that previous generations learned at the point of a gun.”

This one may too.


P.S. I scanned only a few of the comments on this piece. The ones I saw, however, were typical. They reverted to global discussions of climate change–ice thickness and so forth–rather than responding to the actual topic(s) of the article. Sigh.


One Response to “Dust and Drang”

  1. Babz Says:

    Sigh away…

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