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     Here's a couple of news items relevant to climate change. Anecdotal stories are nominally useless to make a case for some argument generally - sh.., er stuff happens after all. Trying to say X proves Y can be difficult; random chance can be lumpy and some things need a really BIG smoking gun to establish causality. But (now that I've mangled enough cliches) there are still events that  should provoke some examination. (Something about a trout in the milk being pretty conclusive comes to mind.)

      The Huffington Post has a couple of stories that are getting some attention, though they'll probably disappear into the weekend news cycle. Both come from Washington D.C.  An airliner attempting to depart from Reagan National was delayed for several hours because its wheels had sunk into tarmac softened by the heat. Washington Metro cars derailed because the rails had kinked from the heat.

    My point is simple. If climate change is shifting weather patterns away from their historical norms (and the evidence seems to be building), highs, lows, rainfall, drought  - the expectations we've built our infrastructure around are no longer going to be adequate. Stories about heat bending railroad tracks are common this time of year, ditto for buckling pavement. But, we may start seeing changes in frequency and severity of these and related events that we're not prepared to cope with. Our infrastructure is in bad shape - years and decades of deferred maintenance (and GOP budget slashing) mean we're less able than ever to deal with conditions that push the limits of what we originally built our systems to stand.

    So along with heat-related deaths, crop failures, and wildfires, add increasing infrastructure failures to the mix. ODTAA in other words.

     Keynes is often misquoted about his famous "in the long run we are all dead" observation. Too often it's used to rationalize letting things run their course, because in the long run it won't matter. Keynes was trying to make the point that the long view by itself is less than useful when we need answers now. The long run happens one day at a time, 60 seconds to the minute - it's time we stopped running in circles and started heading in a useful direction.

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