Hard Rain

Cedar Rapids under water

Cedar Rapids looks a bit like Venice, lately.

The flood waters are beginning to recede — for now.

Remarkably, the media is calling the event a “500-year flood.”

Again. They did so before — 15 years ago, in ’93.

This time around, it was much worse.

What will it look like the next time around?

Nobody wants to think about that, now.

Though we must do so, sooner than later.

Because we may have passed the tipping point.

Because climate change may now be racing away with us.

We can’t wait for the sage heads in Washington.

Because we have to take drastic action now.

Before the middle of the country becomes what it once was — an inland sea.

Here’s our relief plan, in case your community needs one.

On the bright side, I’m happy to see that the oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens is now doing something I’ve been pushing for years — taking water where there’s too much and sending it where it’s needed.

By irrigating the American West & Southwest, we could help the natives maintain their livelihoods by saving crops & forests & ski slopes, and meanwhile soak up CO2 from the atmosphere — thereby rescuing our own asses.

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