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  •  yes, pretty much (10+ / 0-)

    the southwestern corner of the US is likely to be more intensely so and potentially not really inhabitable.

    Interestingly, when the first europeans arrived, they called it the great western desert.  It's never been a wet area and always been subject to large droughts.  Given the marginal existnece, this will not help.

    Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

    by Mindful Nature on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:04:36 PM PST

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    •  everything west of 100 deg W is irrigation (3+ / 0-)

      100 degrees West longitude has been the rough division between rain-fed agriculture and irrigated agriculture (or ranching) since settlers started pushing west of the Mississippi in earnest.  There's very little out there that would be growing without aqueducts and sprinklers.

      California's Central Valley is all irrigation.  I don't know about the Willamette Valley in Oregon.  The West's dry season is in summer, while in the East it's in winter (and then only dry by comparison), so they might need irrigation even up there.

      Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

      by Visceral on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:38:36 PM PST

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      •  West of the Cascades (1+ / 0-)
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        Oregonians are called "webfeet" for a reason.  The Oregon Ducks and the Beavers have those team mascots for a reason, too.

        East of the Cascades is a desert.  Ditto for Washington state.

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