Dry farmland being tilled near Corcoran, Calif., in August. California’s current drought is in its fourth year, but research indicates that the state and the rest of the West had ancient megadroughts that lasted decades and sometimes two centuries.
Joel Kotkin has admirably chronicled the decline and fall of California. Over the past few years he has explained why California is failing. He concludes that if you are looking toward a bright future for America, don’t look to California.
California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes.
His most recent article in The Daily Beast revolves around the current problem: drought. California is fast running out of water. Apparently, the green policies adopted by Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessors have contributed to the problem…
Related: NYT has an article on the drought, explaining that periods of drought have occurred in the past. I found this graph interesting. It seems there is a lot about climate changes that we do not understand.