If you turn on the news these days it can seem like all bad news, but for “fly over” states like Iowa, things are finally looking up. In early October the IPCC announced that the world may be seeing signs of climate change as early as 2040. According to a New York Times article “The authors found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the atmosphere will warm up by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) above pre-industrial levels by 2040”. They also said a bunch of other stuff, but I had a headache and it didn’t seem that important so I stopped reading.
As we know, a warmer atmosphere means a warmer climate, which honestly is great for me; I get cold really easily. It’s also great news for Iowa. As our greenhouse gas emissions melt the polar ice caps, the sea levels are going to rise, eventually transforming boring states like Iowa into fun, coastal, beachfront tourist destinations. Nobody is going to want to “fly over” Iowa anymore.
This news could not have come at a better time. The dying coal industry has left many hardworking Americans without work, and our economy has suffered. President Trump has promised to increase the coal burning industry, but while he gets that ball rolling, Iowa has rolled out plans to boost the real estate market. Beachfront property is very valuable and profitable. President Trump has called Iowa’s plan “Very smart business. Incredible business practices. This is a very smart business deal, what Iowa is doing with real estate over there is very smart business”. Sounds good to me!
Increased tourism to the Rust Belt as a result of rising sea levels will help millions of Americans live in more fun, overall cooler and less boring states, and may just boost the real estate market back up to pre-2008 levels. Everybody loves the beach, it’s great for the whole family. So mark your calendars; 2040 let’s all go sip a piña colada on the beach in Iowa.