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Climate change is coming for the red states – but does it matter?

Inclement weather doesn’t really bother me. I’ve lived in Kansas most of my life, have seen tornado and flood, love nothing more than a good thing water washing machine storm. You respect the danger of such events, but you are also used to them. It’s part of the landscape here, as familiar as grain cellars.

Wednesday feels different.

Fierce wind storm beat my status throughout the day, start large-scale forest fire, blow out Roof, power outages for tens of thousands of people and create images from one disaster movie. The late part of the day brings tornado warning and severe thunderstorms. We withdraw ourselves. And most of the day, I feel insecure – not just because of the strength and size of the storms, but because of the time: We are May weather in December.

Climate change has come to my red state. (I know it’s hard to attribute any weather events to warming, but come on: High temperatures here were in the 70s on Wednesday.) And it’s not just mine: Windstorms in Kansas came hot after last weekend’s deadly tornado that was beaten Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois. With the exception of the last case, here are all states that reliably vote Republican and side with the candidates with the best handling of global warming. secondary concern to maintain a carbon fuel economy – or worst, derive it as a “prank. “

But while their politicians may mock a “Green New Deal”, the GOP-voting states will not be able to. avoid pain of climate change. Until recently, those of us who live in “overpass country” have largely avoided these kinds of strange, direct events happening in coastal regions – forest fire due to drought burned Oregon and California last summer, Red tide and flood affecting Florida, hurricanes such as Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana before releasing tornadoes and flash floods in Maryland, New Jersey, and New York in September. However, receiving tornadoes in December is quite unusual for the inner states.

Will that change any minds? If we’ve learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that emergencies no longer hold us together – instead, they seem to divide us more bitterly than before. . So it’s likely that many GOP voters in Kansas, Kentucky and elsewhere will consider what happened last week and decide to stick with their conservative climate politics.

However, there is another possibility. Kansas has always reliably is Republican, but in 1931, a severe drought has hit the state that has been groaning during the Great Depression. It was the beginning of a long decade Dust bowl that has created misery even worse than what we saw on Wednesday. The following year, Kansas gave its Electoral College electoral votes to one Franklin D. Roosevelt.

https://theweek.com/climate-change/1008138/climate-change-is-coming-for-the-red-states-but-will-it-matter Climate change is coming for the red states – but does it matter?

DevanCole

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