Climate Change will spark Regional Warfare in the United States

Daniel G. Jennings
6 min readDec 23, 2018

Climate change will spark regional warfare between Americans — if Vox’s latest weather predictions come true.

To clarify, climate change could reduce the number of freezing days in many regions, Vox’s Weather 2050 project predicts. For instance, Lubbock, Texas, could lose 60 freezing days each year.

In detail, 67 U.S. cities could see two fewer freezing days each winter. Importantly, the lack of freezing could make life miserable in some areas.

For instance, there could be more mosquitoes and a greater danger of getting the viruses that cause diseases like West Nile, Zika, and dengue fever. To clarify, mosquitoes carry all those diseases. Plus, there will be more ticks and a greater chance of catching Lyme Disease.

How Climate Change can Spark Regional Warfare in America

Regional warfare could result because climate change can cause dramatic declines in the snow pack. For instance, a study in the journal Nature reports significant declines in the snow pack at 33% of snow-monitoring sites across the Western United States.

Less snow pack could devastate the ski industry, which depends on snow. This could spark regional warfare between areas that depend on snow sports and coal-mining regions.

The coal miners will be at a disadvantage here because the people who ski; or own ski condos are more likely to be affluent and politically connected. Interestingly, coal miners won the first battle by electing President Donald J. Trump (R-New York) who rants about “clean, beautiful, coal.”

However, the skiers have more money; and influence and are now striking back at Trump’s working-class followers. Thus, a likely outcome of Trump’s presidency will be efforts to reduce the political influence of coal-mining regions like West Virginia.

An obvious way to achieve that goal is to abolish or reform the Electoral College, so the popular vote will elect presidents. In fact, Trump’s Hillary R. Clinton (D-New York) won by the popular…

Daniel G. Jennings

Daniel G. Jennings is a writer who lives and works in Colorado. He is a lifelong history buff who is fascinated by stocks, politics, and cryptocurrency.