Friday, October 31, 2014
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The real Montezuma's revenge!

The real Montezuma's revenge!

This is too ironic not to note. The failure to take any substantive action on climate change is spearheaded, here in the United States anyway by the Gang of 41 in the Senate and their assorted right-wing allies in the Tea Party and elsewhere. And one of the consequences of their global warming denialism?

A surge in immigration from Mexico!

"Climate change refugees" -- people who will want to move or who will have to move in response to climate change -- have been a large concern of nations and others looking how how the world will be altered in coming decades.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted that perhaps millions of people planet-wide will be forced from low-lying communities inundated by rising seas, or from farming communities that are subject to desertification or other similar scenarios. 

Now, Michael Oppenheimer of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and colleagues are predicting that up to 6.7 million Mexican adults may emigrate to the U.S. by 2080 as a result of loss of agricultural productivity. 

Of course, if climate change real is bunk, then none of this will happen. But I think it's more likely that we'll see a surge in pink underwear production as future Sheriff Joe Arpaio III labors to send millions of Mexicans back to their parched, "Max Max"-styled 115-degree desert wasteland.

Kinda of glad I won't be around to see that.

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