Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Drought Disaster

Truth or Consequences

 ~ Food prices are already edging up as widespread crop failures become more certain. "Dustbowlification" threatens not just more expensive food this year, but food insecurity globally for years or decades. It's another indicator that climate change is not a subject for rarified debate, but a real problem we are seeing all around us right now.

The USDA has issued its map of disaster areas affected by extreme drought—most of the country, and a serious swath of the American 'breadbasket':

USDA Secretary's drought designations

There's a long-standing drought of sensible response as well. One wonders how much longer farmers with parched land and withered crops will mock Al Gore and keep re-electing cretins like Jim Inhofe?

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