As we enter the era of the New Abnormal – much faster than most of us expected – where will people go “when there is no longer any other choice”? Abrahm Lustgarten explores the prospects of American migration, greater than any movement in its history, in this New York Times Magazine article:
Here are the paragraphs directly relevant to us:
The millions of people moving north will mostly head to the cities of the Northeast and Northwest, which will see their populations grow by roughly 10 percent, according to one model.
Once-chilly places like Minnesota and Michigan and Vermont will become more temperate, verdant and inviting. Vast regions will prosper; just as Hsiang’s research forecast that Southern counties could see a tenth of their economy dry up, he projects that others as far as North Dakota and Minnesota will enjoy a corresponding expansion. Cities like Detroit, Rochester, Buffalo and Milwaukee will see a renaissance, with their excess capacity in infrastructure, water supplies and highways once again put to good use.
One day, it’s possible that a high-speed rail line could race across the Dakotas, through Idaho’s up-and-coming wine country and the country’s new breadbasket along the Canadian border, to the megalopolis of Seattle, which by then has nearly merged with Vancouver to its north.
Oh well then, you can bet that this will be interpreted by some to mean better wine, wealth and keeping the border closed.
ProPublica presents the climate changes graphically: