The federal government today came out with a report saying that the southwest is going to get much dryer in the coming decades. That means:
- Less drinking water
- Less water for crops and livestock
- More wildfires
- More conflict between states and cities over river management
According to the New York Times:
... the places that are feeling water stress now are going to feel more in the future because snow will melt faster, bringing a decline in summertime stream flows. And as Mr. Salazar observed on Monday, this reordering of natural water supplies “will mean significant potential dislocations to the economy and the environment.”
Furthermore, federal officials, in releasing the report, hoped:
to create or bolster a sense of urgency among Western water managers who are planning for the future.
Now to the point of this post. The cause of this coming shortage of water, according to the federal report, is climate change.
In other words, if you don't believe in climate change, then you wouldn't believe the conclusions of this report. You wouldn't believe that it would be necessary to prepare for water shortage in your region, if you're from the southwest.
So my honest question for you is this:
Are you prepared to put your money where your mouth is and not prepare for the water shortage--since you don't believe in climate change? Are you prepared to risk your crops, livestock, economy and drinking water?