Indy Digest: Aug. 30, 2021
I was born in Reno, Nevada. My mom still lives in the house we moved into when I was 9 years old. For weeks now, despite high temperatures consistently in the 90s, she’s been unable to run the swamp cooler.
Why? The smoke from all the Western wildfires has just been too awful to do so. Wildfire smoke has been a brief problem here and there over the years in Reno, but never for weeks on end like this.
Last month, I mentioned the fact that she’s had to evacuate from that house due to wildfires several times—and all those times have come over the last decade or so, including once earlier this year.
And now, 35 miles up the Sierra Nevada mountains from my mom’s home, wildfire is seriously threatening Lake Tahoe—the most beautiful place I’ve ever set my eyes upon.
Between this Tahoe news, and the news coming out of Louisiana and Mississippi regarding the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida, my stomach has felt queasy since yesterday morning—not just because of the suffering and damage being caused right now. I also feel sick knowing that more and more of these things are likely to be happening, more and more often, due to climate change.
Even when tragedies aren’t striking, climate change is a big problem. Back when our house was built in 1984, average temps were much cooler than they are now in Reno. That’s why my mom and I have been discussing having an air conditioner installed at the house. Even when she can run it, the swap cooler doesn’t always cut it these days.
But that’s a personal worry for another day. For now, I am hoping and praying that, somehow, South Lake Tahoe gets spared from the Caldor Fire’s record-breaking wrath.
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• The United States’ longest war is officially over. CBS News says: “The Pentagon announced Monday that the last U.S. troops had left Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war. ‘Every single U.S. service member is out of Afghanistan, I can say that with absolute certainty,’ General Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of the U.S. Central Command, said at a briefing.The last U.S. flight out of Afghanistan left at 3:29 p.m. Eastern time, McKenzie said. The heads of the State Department and Defense Department teams were among the last to leave: Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson and Major General Chris Donahue. President Biden said he would address Americans on Tuesday about the decision not to extend the U.S. mission past the deadline, even though some Americans and at-risk Afghans were unable to evacuate.”
• A Coachella Valley man is among the war’s final casualties. United States Marine Corps Corporal Hunter Lopez, 22, was killed last Thursday in the bomb attack at the Kabul Airport. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Hunter Lopez, the son of two of our department members, Captain Herman Lopez and Deputy Alicia Lopez. Hunter also served our department as an Explorer from September 2014 through August 2017 at our Palm Desert Station. Hunter graduated from La Quinta High School in 2017. On September 5, 2017, Hunter joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. Hunter, who was 22 years old at the time of his death, planned on following his parent’s footsteps and becoming a Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy after returning home from his current deployment.” Our deepest sympathies go out to all of Hunter Lopez’s friends and family.
• Our friends at the Palm Springs Post report that Palm Springs veterans are doing what they can to help Cpl. Lopez’s family: “A spokesperson from Palm Springs American Legion Post 519 said Monday all donations received this week at a VillageFest booth staffed by members of Post 519 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 66 will be given to the family of Cpl. Hunter Lopez. The 22-year-old was one of three Southern California Marines, including two from Riverside County, who were among 13 service members killed.”
• Regarding Hurricane Ida: The excellent folks at The Conversation offer up four articles from their archives that shed light on “New Orleans’ high hurricane risk and what climate change has to do with the storms.” One of those pieces talks about the dangers of the ocean itself: “Storm surge—the huge volume of water that the hurricane pushes on shore—is one of the greatest threats to life and property from any hurricane. The height and extent of the storm surge depend on the strength and size of the hurricane, but sea level rise is raising the baseline height of the ocean, Penn State meteorologist Anthony Didlake Jr. explained.”
• Also from The Conversation: Legal scholar Katy Ramsey Mason explains the shocking decision on Aug. 26 by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the CDC’s eviction ban. A snippet: “Tenants in a handful of states and cities, including New York and California, are still protected by local eviction bans that remain in effect. Most of them are set to expire within weeks, however. But the vast majority of tenants who have struggled to pay rent are now at risk of eviction. Even during the moratoriums, many states and cities have allowed eviction cases to proceed through the courts—as long as they don’t actually evict tenants. The end of the ban means those evictions will likely take place quickly.” Sigh.
• It’s soon going to get much more difficult for some Americans to travel to Europe. The Associated Press explains: “The European Union recommended Monday that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infections there, but member countries will keep the option of allowing fully vaccinated U.S. travelers in. The decision by the European Council to remove the U.S. from a safe list of countries for nonessential travel reverses the advice that it gave in June, when the bloc recommended lifting restrictions on all U.S. travelers before the summer tourism season. … The guidance issued Monday is nonbinding, however. American tourists should expect a mishmash of travel rules across the continent since the EU has no unified COVID-19 tourism policy and national EU governments have the authority to decide whether or how they keep their borders open during the pandemic.”
• Our partners at CalMatters attempt to answer this question about the gubernatorial recall election: “If Newsom is recalled, how would a Republican governor get anything done?” Key quote: “The one-party control Democrats have enjoyed for the last decade would give way to a divided government. That could spur bipartisan compromises—or partisan gridlock. Most significantly, it could make historically rare power plays a lot more common: The Legislature could override vetoes to turn its bills into law and still set policy in a wide range of areas. And the governor could try to do the same or push back through executive orders and emergency declarations.”
• Related: The Los Angeles Times looks at Larry Elder, the man who could very well become governor if Gavin Newsom loses the recall portion of the election: “To friends and his new legion of supporters across California, Elder is unafraid to buck conventional wisdom, standing up to a battalion of feckless politicians, politically correct liberals and entrenched special interests, especially the left-wing media. To Newsom, many Democrats and even some onetime Elder confidants, he is an extreme ideologue, who has little concern for the less fortunate and no idea how to manage an enormous state government, with a nearly $263-billion budget, 213,000 full-time employees and a public healthcare system that serves 12 million people.”
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