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  •  I live in Phoenix (24+ / 0-)

    And as I woke up this morning I started to think about what an environmental disaster this place will be in 5 to 15 years.  

    This morning there was heavy covering of dust and pollution hanging over the city, trapped in the air by the rainstrom last night.  Today was the first time we were under 110 degrees in 10 days, as we broke record after record over the last couple of days.  We are in the midst of a never ending drought that has rainfall at 25% of normal in a state already hurting for water.  Arizona State University predicts the temperature in the area will rise on average by 7 degrees in the next 40 years meaning multiple 120 degree days could be in the near future.  Of course, as the newscaster from channel 3 reported the story, she REFUSED to even mention global warming.  And of course Jan Brewer and the rest of the state political class is so focused on rounding up illegals that it ignores the industry Arizona should be leading the world in - solar power.  Road to hell indeed.  

    •  It may be that today's conditions (1+ / 0-)
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      are normal, from what I remember reading somewhere about what has been discovered recently about the climate in the southwest.

      Which means that things will be getting worse from today's conditions, not just from what has passed for "normal" for the past several decades.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:07:48 PM PDT

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    •  Yep, today we woke up to clouds and sub-110! (11+ / 0-)

      Get out the sweaters. We've always had monsoons, but these haboobs are becoming more and more frequent (I was landing at Sky Harbor during the one on Saturday, yikes!)

      You're right about Brewer and the GOP dunderheads. Wind and solar are "just a fad," dontcha know? It's time to take a bite outta that legislative 2-1 GOP advantage this fall. Otherwise it's more immigrant-bashing, abortion restrictions, public school thrashing, and mining mining mining. Wind or sunshine ... not so much.

      stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

      by Mother Mags on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:45:36 PM PDT

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