“That future is now.” Dropping water levels in the Ogallala Aquifer recently led a member of the Kansas Geological Survey to make this grim assessment about the aquifer eventually drying up in parts of western Kansas. And according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global warming is likely to make droughts across the Ogallala region longer lasting and more intense over the next 50 years.

In April 2023, Gov. Laura Kelly (D) took steps to deal with the symptoms but not the cause of this crisis–signing two new laws that will boost funding for water conservation, while at the same letting a law banning the state from using ESG factors in making investments become law without her signature.

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Report Date: 04/10/2022
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