Hurricane Harvey, which hit a year ago and devastated many parts of Houston including my neighborhood, had a silver lining for me. With my old car destroyed by the flood, I found a silver cream puff of a Hyundai Elantra at CarMax. This summer I put 6000 miles on this car’s odometer in six Western states, on paved roads and unpaved, through torrential cloudbursts, high elevations, and high temperatures – all without a problem and with great gas mileage and A/C!
At the same time, my road trip made me think about climate change and its devastating consequences – including worse hurricanes and more wildfires. We may be seeing the beginning of climate change on the way to a very bad end. At midday in a remote part of Nevada, the sky had none of the the clear blue visibility typical in the West. Fires in California and Nevada churned out smoke that turned the setting sun red and the rising moon copper. Further downwind the skies smoke paled the skies and hazed the landscapes all the way to the Great Salt Lake.
With no silver lining anywhere in sight.