Originally posted by MuzzleBreak
...Many of the people who will be forced to move will have to come eastward. Two things that should see upward trends are 1)land prices in the middle
US, 2) stock in companies that can convert sea-water to fresh-water.
Thanks for bringing a critical matter to light!
I lived in NE Colorado for about 8 years. Near the end of my stay, I was introduced to another side of the coin you're discussing --- which suggests
that your 1st upward trend will have to be further defined (limited) in scope.
The Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at unprecedented rates...and drying up so that the farmers and populations that have provided the heartland
crops through the 20th Century may be gone in the next decade or two.
(Pic' taken from en.wikipedia.org...
My children went to school with those who'd been born there. Driving to their houses (farms), we would travel through many dips/draws, all replete
with possible-water-crossing-the-road warning signs. But in the years I drove those roads, I never say any water - close. There was, in fact, one
"bridge" that we would cross, with a name-place sign, giving the name of a creek. When I became involved with those concerned about the Ogallala
Aquifer, I was told that the a particular river (a significant tributary that passed through his hometown further east) within the last 20 years, had
lost many miles (between 30 & 45 - I don't recall the exact figure) of its headwaters...specifically naming the "creek" I passed over.
I asked some of the classmates of my children "how long" it had been since they'd seen water in that creek. They said that the last time they
recalled, would have been when they (my daughter's friend) was a toddler - and she only remembered that by pictures in the family album.
Could go further - but - what happened is -
1. Water on demand
2. "Who owns the surface - owns the water under it - and can make a fortune...selling it to cities...like Dallas'.
So - yeah - someone owns farmland...with some good water wells...and is willing to sell the same water that all the communities and other farms in the
area rely on for survival...to the cities...for one reason only - greed.
True - that is a debatable statement -- but, ultimately -- whether it is for money, their alma mater's well being, the medical center that's trying
to find a cure (!?!?!) for a disease of particular interest to said farmer, or even to "hopefully get on God's good side before I die" -- they sold
the water to attain their own objective/s.
If masses will be exiting the West & Great Southwest...for the Mid-States, Gulf States and the East - Water will probably become an issue there too.