Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, argues that the drought gripping the U.S. can’t be separated from climate change.
Aug. 6, 2012
MORE THAN 50 percent of counties in the United States are now officially designated “disaster” zones. The reason given in 90 percent of cases is the continent-wide drought that has been devastating crop production. Forty-eight percent of the U.S. corn crop is rated as “poor to very poor,” along with 37 percent of soy; 73 percent of cattle acreage is suffering drought conditions, along with 66 percent of land given to the production of hay.