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Climate change refugees coming to Portland?

Are “climate change” refugees coming to Portland in the future? An editorial at the Portland Tribune thinks so.

The Portland Tribune has an editorial on the subject of “climate change refugees”, and how they might impact the local economy and population forecasts. The Trib article makes some bold predictions–painting a future in which there is a massive exodus from places such as Phoenix due to water shortages, to more water-rich areas like…here.

I don’t endorse the substance of the article (nor am I stating my opposition), but found it interesting–as the possibility of a massive demographic shift to the north is one which would have profound impacts on the region.

The ground rules for debate: Climate change denial is, as always, not permitted at Portland Transport. (Nor is complaining about the policy, which is not negotiable). This is a private blog; those who object to this may start their own (http:/www.blogger.com makes it easy to set one up, and there’s plenty of other free hosting providers besides Google/Blogger). However, since the subject is front and center for this thread, certain discussions that might normally be shunted aside are permitted in the comments here, including:

  • Whether the climate effects posited in the article, and/or the resulting political effects or demographic shifts, are reasonable.
  • Whether a massive influx of residents to Portland (or a massive migration away) are likely
  • The possibility of politically-powerful desert regions diverting water from the Pacific Northwest to meet their needs (the idea of building a huge pipeline to divert flows from the Columbia to California has been proposed before)
  • How Portland should (or should not) accommodate the potential for so-called “climate change refugees”


Of course, maybe the answer is for everyone to move to Canada. :)