Even a mega-drought can’t cool real estate prices and Las Vegas’ rapid population growth. This is another reason not to panic about global warming.
On Monday, a study published in Nature Climate Change proclaimed that the West is in the midst of a mega-drought. It’s supposed to be the driest in at least 1,200 years. Even Joe Biden is not that old.
Park Williams, a UCLA climate hydrologist and lead author of the study, blamed global warming. His computer models attributed 42% of the drought to human-caused temperature increases.
“It fits perfectly with what people thought in the 1900s was the worst-case scenario,” Williams said. “But today I think we have to prepare even for future conditions much worse than that.”
Just look around and see how bad things have gone. More than 32.2 million people visited Las Vegas last year. You also cannot keep potential residents away. As of the 2010 census, Clark County’s population was 1.95 million. As of the 2020 census, the population stood at 2.27 million.
This has led to local housing prices getting even hotter than the planet. Prices have increased by more than 350% over the past 10 years. In January, the median sale price for single-family homes, excluding new construction, was $435,000.
That’s exactly what the global warming alarmists predicted, isn’t it? People are flocking to live where the warming and the drought are the worst.
Oh wait. They predicted – and continue to predict – unthinkable catastrophes. Last November, Biden called global warming an “existential threat to human existence as we know it.”
“For the sake of our future and the future of our children, we must take bold action to stem the negative impacts of climate change,” Governor Steve Sisolak said in 2020.
Grim and grossly inaccurate predictions by supposed climate “experts” are nothing new. “A top UN environment official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming trends aren’t reversed by now. the year 2000,” reported the Associated Press… in 1989. If you go back far enough, you’ll find pundits in the 1970s lamenting the coming of the Ice Age. Whoops.
Even when global warming alarmists correctly guess whether the temperature will rise or fall, their doomsday results fail to materialize. Indeed, as temperatures change, people change their environment. Wealthy, modern societies are particularly good at adapting.
Clark County officials have been proactive about conservation. There are restrictions on grass. Inland residential water ends up in Lake Mead, allowing the region to reuse its allotment.
The West will not lack water. If the drought lasts long enough, the regions will adapt. California could build more desalination plants and increase water recycling. It would be expensive, but probably not as much as the $105 billion he might end up spending on high-speed rail. Arizona is exploring a partnership with Mexico on a desalination plant.
These changes are not without cost. But they are less economically damaging than ending carbon emissions. They are also far from the worst-case scenarios that global warming alarmists keep predicting.