The Dust Bowl

BROUGHT TO YOU BY… wind power.

Tee-hee. I get it! The winds blew up all those dust clouds and…

Not it, Dolly. In the twenties, the plains got lots of rain. Unusually lots, as it turned out. But the farmers had limited power available to them to draw water from their wells.Only enough, as it turned out, to fill up a bath tub or a cattle tank. Not enough to irrigate the fields and keep the soil from blowing away. Y’see, all they had was windmills.

Later, when they had electric power available — coal-fired electric power — they could pump water up from the Oglala Aquifer and irrigate the fields.

And the watermelon Left wants us to go back to that… wind… power.

Right.

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