Math Is Hard For Washington Post Writers

May 17

Half of the country is currently in some state of drought.

What’s exceptional about the current drought — and what isn’t

Fifteen percent is the new fifty percent for progressives.

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15 Responses to Math Is Hard For Washington Post Writers

  1. Hew Manatee says:

    Meh …. fifteen … fifty … whatever.

  2. Isn’t science just another point of view? That’s what a liberal arts grad told me — so it must be true!

  3. John B., M.D. says:

    The article’s source at shows more drought than Palmer, but still not 50%, especially if include Alaska.

  4. Robertv says:

    You would think that one of the richest countries in the world would be able to transport water from one place to another. Even the Romans knew how to do that 2000 years ago.

    • Robertv says:

      One thing is no rain the other thing is no water. This really is a man (government) made problem. But today most problems are government made.

      • Ivan says:

        But today most problems are government made.
        Not most — all.

        • Jason Calley says:

          “Not most — all.”

          Well, maybe not all… But at least the problems we make for ourselves are problems we can solve for ourselves as well.

          As for government, do you remember that playground bully who used to grab the hand of a smaller child, and then beat the child with his own hand while shouting, “Why are you hitting yourself?!” ? Imagine that same bully then stealing the child’s lunch money while explaining that “this money will pay for a protection service to stop you from getting beat up.”

          That is what government is. Create a problem, then use it as an excuse while they rob you at gunpoint to pay for a solution. If you grab a child at a young enough age, and brainwash him, that whole system will seem sensible to him.

          The CAGW scam is a classic example. Lie about the data to create a world-ending crisis, then carbon tax you into poverty to prevent a problem they created. Brainwash the children and they will believe it reflexively.

    • David A says:

      If there was (and there is not) a reduction in precipitation, it would have to be substantial to be noticed as the world’s vegetation at 400 ppm CO2 is just as robust and green with about 12 to 15% less water, then it would be at 280ppm.

  5. It’s an election year…make that, a critical election year. The party faithful eat up exaggerations, and demonization of the other side.

  6. hell_is_like_newark says:

    Wouldn’t even a mild El Nino move more rain to the Southwest providing at least some drought relief?

  7. northernont says:

    Sooo, let me get this right. The Palmer Drought Index is a great tool for long term analysis of drought conditions but unsuitable for short term analysis. The Palmer Drought Index does not include man made impacts including irrigation. Corn production (due to farmers cashing in on bio-fuel subsidies) in California up 49% since 2009. Corn uses 50% more water then traditional crops. In Northern Nevada, population has increased 40% since 1990 in a State that receives only 9.5 inches of rain per year. Sooo, please do tell how man made land use in these areas listed as extreme drought do not skew the Palmer Drought Index calculated results.

  8. ralph says:

    pensacola fl is shown as very moist- not extremely –
    they got 24 inches of rain in one day late april- most in 130 years. annual is usually 60.
    I call that extremely.

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