Heat Wave

It’s Sunday, about 9 PM and it’s still 101 degrees outside my door. The official high for the day was 108. I am told it’s worse out West. A couple of weeks back I told Sean Paul Kelley that we’ve done OK this year on rainfall. I lied. While we had timely showers during the spring, this killer heat wave has scorched the land, leaving green grass kiln-dried, like hay in a bale, and corn crops withered, several weeks before they should have.

We made hay on irrigated land, but what dry-land grass the heat didn’t kill, biblical swarms of grass-hoppers decimated. Livestock ponds are going dry and the fish die from the hot water. Without rain, and soon, we are in trouble.

Cattle hide from the sun’s sweltering rays during the day, coming out to eat only in mornings and evenings. My poor milk cows are confined to a paddock with limited shade. I fear for their lives when it gets like this.

I had a really nice garden this spring and Leah has filled the panty with canned goods. We have eggs and cheese and meat and grains, but money is tight. I need money to pay the bills.

Production costs on the farm are high, and while food costs may seem high to you, they’re not high enough. The same can be said for just about any essential product, including parts and supplies I think too expensive.

A lot of this comes down to the cost of energy and it’s not going to get better. Call it peak oil or resource depletion or what you will. I call it a fact. It affects everything we do. The cheap and easy oil is gone and gone for good, never to be had again.

We remain in a crisis period. It’s world-wide and it’s not going to get better until it gets far worse.

Politicians and preachers may tell you otherwise but they’re either full of shit or have something to sell.

Revolution is in the air around the globe. It will be long before it arrives here.

War will follow.

It’s better to know than not to know.

10 Replies to “Heat Wave”

  1. I think we’d better accept the fact that some parts of the country/world are going become uninhabitable – like much of Arizona and some farming areas in southern California, possibly parts of Texas and New Mexico. And even the Midwest will have to change how it survives. Populations have migrated for at least 70,000 years in response to changes in their environment. It was a a lot simpler in the old days because people did not have the huge ‘investment’ in cities, economies, infrastructure. If you think abandoning Mesa Verde et al was difficult for the Anasazi, just imagine getting people and Big Money to abandon Phoenix. It’s also going to be harder because we are skilled in things that will not matter when it all hits the fan and mostly unskilled in what will be important.

    I hope you get some relief from the heat and drought and your livestock survives.
    I love the Southwest but have pretty much decided against moving out there.
    God bless.

  2. American media and politics is very fond of the myth that the “Arab Spring” was about democracy. It was not. It was about food prices and lack of economic security. Eygpt is on the brink of civil war and that, too, is about economic insecurity. Rioting in France last year was by unemployed youth, and we will hear from them again. Riots in Greece last fall had economic roots. It will get worse.

  3. That’s about as real as it gets Don. It’s close to the edge. I hope the race horse comes through or a blue bird shows up.

    I live in a bubble called the capital region. The movie, The Hunger Games, got it right. The country is divided into 12 or so regions that starve most of the year and an opulent province for the capital. Each year, the regions send two representatives for a fight to the death in the woods. The winner’s region gets adequate food for the next 12 months. (The DC area is doing better than most but most everybody here works very hard 50-60 hours a week and quite a few have something else or something they’re developing; very little inherited big money; no time for anything.)

    The irony is that all of this is entirely unnecessary. Reasonable planning for energy replacements, reasonable analysis and regulation of cre energy markets, and no Iraq invasion/occupation would have made everything different today (save climate change).

    Our only salvation will come from one of us – developing some breakthrough that can’t be hidden or screwed up. A random future might turn out oK but the disruption in getting there will be as though we have no future.

  4. I can only say – move North! Minnesota and Canada are going to become havens from the ravages of global warming, and they also have bountiful amounts of fresh water, which is going to become more precious than gold.

        1. I think that’s Sons of the Pioneers. 😀 Okay, so I’m OCD when it comes to grammar.

          The grain belt will move North, which will benefit Canada at our expense. Saw someone wants to divert water from the Missouri River to replenish the Ogallala Aquifer which is dropping. There are those who covet the water in the San Luis Valley, although that may have its own problems – it’s okay for agriculture but it’s not potable without treatment and the Rio Grande flow is decreasing. I think water will be the most valuable resource in the foreseeable future.

          I once looked around for ‘best places to ride out climate change’ and parts of the Pacific Northwest were recommended. However, I’m seriously considering moving 200-300 miles North to Vermont. They’re not in great shape re today’s economics but may be better suited for the future and I like their politics.

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