Sunday, October 12, 2014

Killing droughts: The wages of climate ignorance and denial

And why would Salem be immune?  Every ton of CO2 emitted pushes us further and further away from the climate we've known and into the destabilized climate unknown. And if you're a species dependent on agriculture for your food, an unstable climate equals climate chaos, and famine.

Meanwhile, ODOT and Salem's outpost of the Chamber of the 1% are only too happy to remain in denial, triple mortgaging the future to squeeze out a few more bucks for the sprawl lobby today.

With dry taps and toilets, California drought turns desperate – 'You don't think of water as privilege until you don't have it anymore'
// Desdemona's Blog

Drought severity in the United States, 2 September 2014. Droughts appear to be intensifying over much of the West and Southwest as a result of global warming. Over the past decade, droughts in some regions have rivaled the epic dry spells of the 1930s and 1950s. About 33 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least a moderate drought as of 2 September 2014. Graphic: The New York Times / U.S. Drought Monitor

"You don't think of water as privilege until you don't have it anymore," said Ms. Serrato, whose husband works in the nearby fields. "We were very proud of making a life here for ourselves, for raising children here. We never ever expected to live this way." [more]

With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate

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