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Apparently it can be too hot to fly.  The runway in Phoenix is too short to allow planes to take off when the temperature is too high.  and with 120 degree temperature – well-  See for yourself.  Scary….

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/nation-now/2017/06/19/its-so-hot-phoenix-they-cant-fly-planes/410766001/

 


The following link is a study done by Elizabeth Mack at Michigan State University.  One of teh issues that arises is that in many places, especially rural places, affordability of water services may be a future challenge.  It is an issue i spent some time talking about in my forthcoming book.  I think this article expands on that idea.  The threshold is 4.5% of monthly income for water and sewer services.  If you have a good income, this is not a problem, and you can afford to pay for the many upgrades needed.  If you live in an area that is far more challenged with joblessness and low incomes (the South, rural areas, then the need to pay for upgrades and renewal will be more difficult.  The map shows this.  Keep in mind that many of these same places had FHA, WPA (1930s) and others sources of free or near free money pay for their infrastructure initially, and the trend has not been to increase rates for renewal.  IT creates a whole new crisis to go with the infrastructure condition crisis in some of these places

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0169488&type=printable

 


I realize people are all over the map on this.  But  remember the deal requires only voluntary cutbacks, not requirement to meet, a US request. We can set whatever we want. Much of US business is already working on altering our energy future anyway – it is great business. Google, Tesla even the auto companies are looking at an altered vehicle future. So Paris is purely a world leadership issue that creates a demand for energy solutions among other things. A seat at the table means you can guide the future. “He who has the patents has the economy.” We had this throughout the 20th century with trains, cars, computers, space. If we cede leadership to china or someone else on world issues , how does that help us? We lose momentum that someone will pick up. Isolation has never worked for us in the past. Bigger, longer term issue guys. Patents = money for our future. And jobs.

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/why-us-leaving-paris-agreement-isnt-end-world?utm_source=advocacy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=RFP&utm_content=email-paris-withdrawal-AG

If you don’t beleive the job losses:

https://www.usnews.com/news/at-the-edge/articles/2017-03-15/clean-energy-is-seeing-explosive-job-growth-dont-let-budget-kill-it

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