In Girdwood, Alaska, we’ll long remember the snowstorm of Dec. 6, just two months ago. But it won’t be for the school cancellations. We’ll remember it as the night dozens of residents traveled on a snow-packed highway to testify at a public meeting — about housing.
Moab, Utah, gets just eight inches of rain per year, yet rainwater flooded John Weisheit’s basement there last summer. Extremes are common in a desert: Rain and snow are rare, and a deluge can cause flooding.
Many Western states have declared that they will achieve all-renewable power-generation goals in just two decades. But haven’t energy experts predicted that wind, sun and other alternative energy sources aren’t up to the job?