|Tom Mccall's sign. The next governor, Vic Atiyah (R),|
considered it anti-business and had it changed
to simply "Welcome to Oregon"
“I urge them to come and come many, many times to enjoy the beauty of Oregon. But I also ask them, for heaven’s sake, don’t move here to live.”McCall probably wasn't thinking about climate change, but some people are now, and it doesn't look good for Oregon, says the NY Times:
Although few people today are moving long distances to strategize for climate change, some are at least pondering the question of where they would go.and
“The answer is the Pacific Northwest, and probably especially west of the Cascades,” said Ben Strauss, vice president for climate impacts and director of the program on sea level rise at Climate Central, a research collaboration of scientists and journalists. “Actually, the strip of coastal land running from Canada down to the Bay Area is probably the best,” he added. “You see a lot less extreme heat; it’s the one place in the West where there’s no real expectation of major water stress, and while sea level will rise there as everywhere, the land rises steeply out of the ocean, so it’s a relatively small factor.”
Clifford E. Mass, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington, writes a popular weather blog in which he predicts that the Pacific Northwest will be “a potential climate refuge” as global warming progresses. A Seattle resident, he foresees that “climate change migrants” will start heading to his city and to Portland, Ore., and surrounding areas.Last year, Oregon was already at the top of the list for inbound moves.
“The Pacific Ocean is like our natural air conditioning,” Professor Mass said in a telephone interview. “We don’t get humidity like the East Coast does.”
As for the water supply? “Water is important, and we will have it,” Professor Mass declared. “All in all, it’s a pretty benign situation for us — in fact, warming up just a little bit might be a little bit welcome around here.”
Already, he said, Washington State is gearing up to become the next Napa Valley as California’s wine country heats up and dries out.
“People are going crazy putting in vineyards in eastern Washington right now,” he said.
It's an interesting article with thoughts on the reprecussions of climate change for many areas of the US: Anchorage, Detroit, Florida, D.C., the Southwest, etc. But this might be over the top:
“Alaska is going to be the next Florida by the end of the century.”according to Camilo Mora, a geography professor at the University of Hawaii. (He was the lead author on this Nature paper from last year.) Anchorage's annual mean temperature is 2°C, while Miami's is 24°C. So even with Arctic amplification, that's a big jump. (Though if the ocean is lapping at your Miami condo, Anchorage would probably look pretty good.)
Like everyone else, I prefer the door be slammed on a place, right after I move there. And besides, the traffic is getting ever worse in Portland, we just started our cloudy season that will last until next June, and we're overdue for a huge earthquake. This place isn't utopia, and, please, let's keep it that way, OK?