Climate change “is unfolding before our very eyes,” he continued. It’s not just about playing in the fire. He is playing in the drought. The small town of Oakley, Utah, did National News this week when it imposed a moratorium on construction, stopping a growth boom because it doesn’t have enough water to sustain more people. “Why are we building houses if we don’t have enough water?” said Wade Woolstenhulme, the mayor. “The right thing to do to protect the people who are already here is to restrict the entry of people.”
In Idaho, a dry spring and prolonged heat wave through most of June and July dried up what would otherwise have been adequate, if not abundant, snow cover that would have seen farmers and residents of the state throughout year. “What we are seeing is not common”, saying David Hoekema, a hydrologist with the Idaho Department of Water Resources. “This is a drought that no one has witnessed before.” The state has received an average of just under 4.4 inches of precipitation this year, the second worst year of water to date in the state’s recorded history and less than half of what used to be normal. There are currently 23 fires in Idaho, on 183,868 acres.
No part of the West is experiencing what used to be known as a “normal” hydrologic year, with drought spreading to the upper plains states.
As all of this unfolds, as New York and DC experience the same sore throats and burning eyes that have become the standard affliction for residents of western states every summer, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin is still playing shy on support for the $ 3.5 trillion Democratic infrastructure reconciliation package.
You think the plan is too aggressive in the fight against carbon emissions, saying. “The timing of what they propose would make it almost impossible … unless I eliminate a lot of things.” Manchin has saying previously, weather supplies are a big problem for him.
“I know they have the weather part here, and that worries me,” Manchin said last week after meeting with President Biden and other Democrats. “Because if they are removing fossils, and I find that there is a lot of language in places, they are removing fossils, which is very, very disturbing, because if you’re sticking your head in the sand and saying that The fossil (fuel) has to be removed in The United States, and they want to get rid of it, and thinking that that is going to clean up the global climate, it won’t clean everything. If anything, it would be worse. “
Maybe Manchin could spend a weekend in southern Oregon, on the firing lines to get a taste of reality.