To The Daily Sun,
Here's one for those who are still denyin' that our climate is not a changin' dramatically. This is about the Colorado River. This river is not only very beautiful: it also serves a crucial purpose. What you may ask? Well I'm gonna tell ya. As a result of a years-long drought and lack of any measurable amount of rain, the Colorado River, and one of its impoundments, Lake Mead, has dropped 100 feet below normal levels. That's 100 feet folks, in the last 15 years.
The Colorado River is a source of water for many states as it makes its way to the Mexico border, but that is no longer happening. It is also part of the water supply for agriculture in many Western states. The Colorado River now stops somewhere in Arizona ... yep, there is just a dried up river bed and brush a growin' where there used to be an abundance of rushing water.
If this trend continues the result will be disastrous. It goes without sayin' that mandatory water restrictions are in effect, but if this drought is not reversed in the near future we will suffer catastrophic results — to our national supply of vegetables and fruits, to regional residents who depend on the Colorado for the water for their daily lives.
Are you listenin', deniers? Or are you still going to insist on keeping your head in the sand? The pun is intentional. Or maybe you're happy to wallow in your belief bubble and let us, our (including your) children and their children bear the consequences of your willful ignorance.
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