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Climate Change Is Destroying California, Obama Promises to Help

February 17, 2014

Full Article at http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/climate_change_is_destroying_california_obama_promises_to_help_20140214

Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

Look at a satellite photo of the continental United States these past couple of months and you’ll quickly notice that the country has an identity crisis. Roughly two-thirds of the nation is covered in ice and snow, while the rest suffers oppressive heat and drought.

As much as anything, that’s a serious economic problem. California and Texas are America’s first- and second-largest economies, by far, and they’re both in the hot zone. For the Golden State, it’s especially alarming, since California is the nation’s biggest agricultural producer.

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President Obama is not ignoring the matter. On Friday he toured a dry field with Gov. Jerry Brown and promised $100 million in aid to farmers. More importantly, Obama pointed out that there is a root cause of such devastation that cannot be ignored, asReuters reports:

“We have to be clear: a changing climate means that weather-related disasters like droughts, wildfires, storms, floods are potentially going to be costlier and they’re going to be harsher,” he said.

Full Article at http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/climate_change_is_destroying_california_obama_promises_to_help_20140214

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