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Gore filled a Westin Crown Center ballroom with a 90-minute presentation, using photos and videos to illustrate a litany of floods, wildfires, torrential rains, droughts, dust storms, rising sea levels and increasing world temperatures.
To those attending the Folk Alliance International conference, he noted examples of flooding in locations both remote and closer to home, such as in Manitou Springs, Colo., where high water barreled down mountain highways last year, carrying cars along with it.
“Think about that,” he said. “The Dust Bowl is coming back, quickly, unless we act.”
I will note that he's come to basically pointing to what we call "weather" as a crisis in all forms it seems. If it's a disaster ..which history shows happen without any modern changes… he seems to attribute it to climate change.
Those that cast their religion under the guise of Global Climate. . . e
I put some thought into where to put this. It could fit in Fragile Earth for the Environmental side of things, but Al Gore isn't an Environmental scientist. He's a politician
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Hmm. Seems to me it was irrigation that fixed the dustbowl problem, by sucking water out of the Ogallala Aquifer. Problem is, the Ogallala hasn't been replenished and is about sucked dry. Bye bye Breadbasket. Wrote about it here back in 2004.
Texas "Rule of Capture" Fight Heats Up.
On October 18, 2012, the Associated Press reported that “a massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate…forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.” Farmers in the region had recently plowed fields to plant winter wheat. The bare soil—desiccated by the relentless drought that smothered nearly two-thirds of the continental United States during the summer and still persists over the Great Plains—was easily lifted by the passing strong winds, darkening skies from southern Nebraska, through Kansas, and into Oklahoma.
.....After World War II, well-drilling and pumping technologies allowed farmers to tap into the Ogallala aquifer, a vast reservoir of water beneath the Plains, stretching from southern South Dakota through the Texas Panhandle. Irrigation expanded, with center-pivot sprinklers creating the green circles overlain on brown squares that are familiar to anyone who has flown over the central United States.
In recent decades irrigation has allowed the traditional Corn Belt to move westward onto drier lands. Kansas, for instance, sometimes called “the Wheat State,” harvesting one-sixth of the U.S. crop, now produces as much corn as it does wheat. The wheat is primarily rainfed, but more than half the corn is irrigated.
As extraction of the underground water has increased, however, water tables have fallen. The depletion is particularly concerning in the Central and Southern Plains where there is virtually no replenishment of the aquifer from rainfall, foreshadowing an end to the use of this finite resource. In the former Dust Bowl states, irrigation had its boom, but in many areas it is beyond its peak. With wells going dry, ....
In the years since the Dustbowl days, soil erosion control methods have improved but irrigation is the major technical adaptation installed to cope with severe drought is irrigation. The Dustbowl film did not really address this and, frankly, the tapping of the Ogallala Aquifer to support agriculture in the American Plains is worthy of another Burns documentary.
Irrigation has long been viewed as the solution to drought problems in the American West.