Climate Breadcrumb: Amarillo

A brief encounter with TX. One of the chief climate deniers, no doubt influenced by Big Oil. But TX is actually on the forefront of wind and solar.

Bad news for cyclists sometimes, but the wind blows strongly in Texas, especially the Panhandle where we are. Today it was our friend. And it definitely is Texas’ friend. The state is by far the biggest producer of wind power. Enough in 2019 to power 6 million homes.

How ironic that Texas also seems to be home to the largest number of climate change deniers per square mile.

Top ten US states by wind energy capacity

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Day 11 – Roswell to Clovis

110 miles. The first picture tells the story of the day. On the shoulder of US-70. Almost flat; almost straight; almost (apparently) unused land.

Just visible, with magnification, a large wind farm. Very appropriate.

Then coming into Portales, near Clovis, a reminder that there is, or was, grain produced in the region.

Reviewing my ride animation helps me realize that more is going on than meets the eye from the road. Takes some finding though!

Catch Up on Climate Breadcrumbs

Over the past several days we have passed through a lot of semi-arid desert, but also some lovely, mainly mountainous, countryside. Mountains make for tired cyclists, so my plan to do daily Climate Breadcrumb posts has slipped away. Here are a few of the headlines of topics that were on the agenda.

The common theme is the preciousness and scarcity of water, and the effects of drought and over-use (especially agriculture) amplified by climate change.

Catch up on the series here:

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Climate Breadcrumb: Ruidoso NM

Ruidoso is mountainous and forested… and the location of major forest fires. Solutions are local in part. But New Mexico makes the connection with climate change and has realized that regional and global initiatives are essential.

In 2019, New Mexico issued a state climate action plan. It endorsed the Paris Accord. And it set state targets for the most egregious emissions of greenhouse gasses from its own oil and gas industry.

See more tomorrow from Roswell.

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Climate Breadcrumb: Socorro NM

The Elephant Butte Reservoir was established by a 1938 pact among three states (Colorado, New Mexico and Texas) to allocate water from the Rio Grande among those states. But it has progressively dwindled over the decades, and is now down to just 5.6 percent of its capacity.

As water levels drop in Elephant Butte, Reclamation prepares for conditions not seen since the 1950s

Recent rains have brought some relief to Elephant Butte reservoir in southern New Mexico, but the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is still preparing for low levels that have not been seen since the 1950s. Mary Carlson, a spokesperson for the BOR, said three decades of drought conditions where dry years have not been offset by multiple years of good precipitation have had a negative impact on reservoirs throughout the state—and Elephant Butte is no exception.

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Climate Breadcrumb: Winslow AZ

Winslow skirts the Navajo Nation. This article from Public Radio International tells the story of the impact of climate change on Navajo women. 

“The amount of surface water flowing in streams on the Navajo Nation has declined by about 98 percent over the 20th century,” says Dr. Margaret Redsteer, a scientist at the US Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Navajo Women Struggle to Preserve Traditions as Climate Change Intensifies

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Climate Breadcrumb: Cottonwood AZ

Just south of the Grand Canyon. Mountainous terrain with lovely pine forests, which are under threat.

The Sierra Club offers one solution to forest management that embraces fire, rather than obsessive prevention.

“The environment of Arizona is typically associated with desert vistas and dramatic canyon views. Yet Arizona is home to the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the United States. From the sky islands of Southern Arizona to the Kaibab Plateau along the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, the forests of Arizona are home to a remarkable diversity of plants and animals, some found nowhere else on earth! As wild habitat throughout the Southwest is fragmented by development, public lands play an ever-greater role in the preservation of diverse and unique species…”

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Day 10 – Ruidoso to Roswell

This may turn out to be the best day of the tour. Another day in the New Mexico countryside from Ruidoso in the mountains to Roswell in the high plains.

Yes, it’s that Roswell–just enough time to visit the Alien Museum!

Overall a descent of over 4,000 feet, with a favorable wind, and a relatively short 98 miles.

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Day 9 – Socorro to Ruidoso

Day 9 of “A Climate Ride to Remember,” riding within New Mexico from Socorro to Ruidoso which sits at an elevation of about 7,000 feet.

Today’s journey was about 105 miles with a fair bit of climbing toward the end.

During the day, a sombre moment, as we took a rest stop at the “Trinity” site – the first nuclear test site.

Scenic views near Ruidoso talk of a 2912 fire. And an earlier fire, produced the real Smokey the Bear.

My “climate breadcrumb” trail will re-appear when I have a slightly easier day and stop having punctures that need to be fixed!

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Day 7 – Winslow to Springerville

Just past the one-fourth mark, with about 725 miles covered through the vast expanses of Southern California and Arizona.

The going has got tougher in the past couple of days through the mountains; being 5 years older than the last time I did a similar trip doesn’t help either!

Many thanks indeed to those who have donated to Cure Alzheimer’s and Climate Ride. I would love to respond directly to each and everyone. If you haven’t already donated, consider supporting these important causes!

My “climate breadcrumb” trail will re-appear when I have a slightly easier day. Meanwhile, you can catch up with the trail so far:

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