Governor Moonbeam says what no one else in the US political arena will say regarding US climate warming producing its own stream of refugees. One year of decent ‘normal’ rain and snow will not begin fix California or the rest of the drought stricken areas west of the Mississippi. There’s no fixing this absent some means to suck billions of tons of carbon out of the atmosphere, a task more technically daunting (and expensive) than the first Apollo mission.
Governor Brown of California states the obvious. A climate refugee crisis is waiting to happen in North America.
The Syria conflict has triggered the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II,” explains the European Commission. As Climate Progress has been reporting for years, and as a major 2015 study confirmed, “human-caused climate change was a major trigger of Syria’s brutal civil war.”
But the unprecedented multi-year drought that preceded the Syrian civil war is mild compared to the multi-decade megadroughts that unrestricted carbon pollution will make commonplace in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, and Central America, according to many recent studies.
Given the current political debate over immigration policy, it’s worth asking two questions. First: if the United States, through our role as the greatest cumulative carbon polluter in history, plays a central role in rendering large parts of Mexico and Central America virtually uninhabitable, where…
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