Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Five years of drought in the West -- Maybe we need a plan

Those of us living in the Midwest are probably only vaguely aware of the five-year-long drought in the West which shows no sign of abating. Yesterday, the Bush administration announced that it might be necessary to create a drought plan for the Colorado River. The administration official who suggested the plan said that computer modeling didn't predict the drought and therefore can't be relied upon to foretell its end. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the drought may be linked to global warming. But, then the administration doesn't really think global warming is an urgent concern as a NASA scientist complained last week much to his peril.

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