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It was 107 in Memphis yesterday—an all-time high. The heat that has gripped most of the South for the past week and a half has killed at least 37 people.
Riffing the massive earthquake yesterday in Peru (which left almost 450 people dead), Memphis’ mayor said, “This is pretty akin to a seismic event in the sense that there is no remedy, no solution that we here in this room can come up with that will take care of everybody.”
Meanwhile, Americans presided over the deaths of 250 people in Iraq, where we are busily fighting for the fossil fuel we need to fight.
Perhaps our efforts would be more constructively directed at halting climate change.