Even as we enjoy a weekend of mild weather; even as we have an epic Senate primary, at least a half dozen state rep races that I should be paying attention to; and the MA-4 primary … I want to talk about Iowa.
So, I like Cedar Rapids. I had a gig there a few years ago with a good orchestra, good chorus, nice people; I was staying next to the Quaker Oats plant, where one could smell maple oatmeal being manufactured. It’s got hipster areas; places to run; several breweries; biking; a really inspiring Czech cultural museum and the African American Museum of Iowa; a beautiful downtown library and art museum with paintings by local boy Grant Wood. I was supposed to go out there again this spring, traveling by train and bus to lower my emissions — a hassle/statement I was willing to make. But then COVID-19 happened.
Six days ago Iowa was devastated by a derecho, a kind of land hurricane that moves east like a regular storm front but produces winds of hurricane strength.
Remember that the Cedar Rapids downtown was completely flooded in 2008; there was another flood in 2016; and last year we had historic, biblical flooding throughout the heartland, from Nebraska to Ohio.
This event is not getting the media coverage that it deserves because we’re all a little distracted. So we’re left with “citizen journalism“, people fending for themselves and using their phones and Twitter to report on their reality. The effect on our food supply from the flooding last year was noticeable. Now there’s any number of farms or people have no idea if they’ll ever be able to come back from the succession of disasters. See a first-hand account after the “There’s More” break.
Anyway, this is our climate reality, today, now. What can we “do” about it? Go Ed Markey. It’s what we’ve got.