Climate Inequality

I was on a trip from San Diego to Chicago yesterday evening.  Due to severe thunderstorms, we were diverted to St. Louis, and only when a small “window” in the weather opened up were we able to continue to Chicago. When we got here, the storm was back and we sat on the tarmac, lighting all around us with rain so bad they could not unload luggage. More than 250 flights were cancelled and a lot of people were stranded in Chicago. I am still here.

It occurred to me that there were several inches of rain here in just the last 12 hours. This much rain, had it fallen on Southern California, would have solved our severe drought problem. Our lakes and reservoirs would be replenished now.

[Except, of course, for the havoc it would have unleashed by the initial flooding].

We’re living in a time of climate inequality.

One thought on “Climate Inequality

  1. Mary Barnes

    Oklahoma has a similar inequality. The state has two halves: The rich western side (think: oil, cattle) and the poor eastern side (think: Ozarks). The eastern side has only one thing that the western lacks — an abundance of water. They have much more than they can use, and it all just flows on down to Texas. For decades Western Oklahoma has argued that we should build aqueducts to carry Oklahoma’s water across the state to where it is desperately needed. Eastern Oklahoma (aka “Little Dixie”) just as vehemently opposes it. There is no logical reason for such opposition, but one legislator told me privately that “it’s our water and I would sooner the damned Texans have it than you fat cats.”

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