Is the Drought a New Dust Bowl? No, Thanks to the New Deal
Next New Deal, July 26, 2012
"In confronting the terrible conditions of the Dust Bowl, FDR once urged the American people to be ready “to fit and not fight the ways of nature.” Today, as we face the consequences of what the vast majority of scientific opinion recognizes as climate change—whatever its immediate causes—we would do well build on this lesson. If nothing else, this summer’s drought should remind us of our responsibility to ourselves and to our children to protect and preserve both our environment and our natural resources. With the right vision and political will, we too could turn the onset of the Great Drought of 2012 into an opportunity to provide millions of unemployed Americans work in developing green energy while at the same time building a cleaner, more secure future for our children. "