“Coalinga, CA – it’s water supply expected to run out in two month” – is also The True Face of Coal

By Joshua Partlow. Excerpted from The Washington Post, 10/10/22 with additions

The most severe drought in America’s West since the 9th century is now in its 23rd year.

“Coalinga, named for its history as a coal mining town, is a small Republican outpost. The city had already defied the state in 2020, passing a resolution that declared all businesses essential to avoid mandatory pandemic closures. When it was time for the state to distribute COVID-19 relief funds to municipalities, Coalinga didn’t get any. Most probably, because it’s businesses never closed.

“The most severe drought in America’s West since the 9th century is now in its 23rd year. All across the region, communities are confronting shortages worse than they have ever known. The biggest reservoirs have fallen to record lows and recorded on YouTube. Whole neighborhoods have lost their water supply as wells have gone dry. States along the dwindling Colorado River are negotiating water cuts that could bring dramatic disruptions to some of the country’s most important agriculture.

“The hotter and drier climate has forced California and other states to reckon with a future in which they will have access to far less water, even as populations continue to grow…,”

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