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Drought And Heat Go On And On In The United States—We’ll Ignore The Causes And Ignore The People Who Are Impacted

Many places in the United States are dealing with drought conditions.

Above you see a map of drought conditions in the United States from the National Drought Mitigation Center.

It is very dry out there in our great nation.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared more than half of all U.S. counties as disaster areas for this year’s growing season.

It has also been very hot in the United States in 2012.

Changes in the climate are messing with some of America’s infrastructure. Roads and railroad tracks are buckling.

Does all this have anything to do with global warming?

Many people think this is the case.

New Scientist magazine reported recently that the severe 2011 Texas drought was made much more likely to occur by a warming planet.

Scientists who before have doubted global warming are changing their minds as the evidence becomes more clear.

Still–President Obama says very little on climate change, and Mitt Romney–despite previously saying he believed in climate change—now says he has no idea if human beings are heating up the planet.

Many farmers who are suffering from the drought want help from the federal government.

What these farmers feel about government help for others I’m not certain.

Though I bet some of them at least are not strongly in favor of government help for others besides themselves.

No worries though about any ideological inconsistencies from our nation’s farmers.

Congress was unable to agree on a drought relief bill before going on a recess and so farmers will not be getting any relief for the time being at least.

So the drought and the heat  will likely go as we refuse to take a serious look at what may be causing the unusually severe weather, and as we allow farmers to keep on taking the hits.

That’s how we do things in the United States of America

August 3, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. At least there’s no drought for us this year. But the winter drought of a year and a half ago followed by the summer drought and extreme heat was the worst I had ever seen. I hate to see others suffering almost as badly this year and fear for our future.

    Neil , you may not know this because you are a fairly recent arrival, but the plants and animals around here tell me the climate is changing. When I was a kid you would get fruit on your banana plants only down by the bay, now it happens pretty regularly as far inland as Waller. Whitewing doves were rare, now they are everywhere and have displaced the once common Inca dove. Goldfinches used to overwinter here, but I haven’t seen one in almost twenty years. An article in the Chronicle two winters ago used birding books as a source and recommend watching for purple house finches. Good luck. I think they still show up in the official bird count from time to time, but I haven’t seen more than three or four since the eighties.

    The plants and animals already know life is out of balance.

    Comment by bacopa | August 4, 2012

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