Summer Catch up Day
For you and for me
I’m working on a bigger story—well, series of pieces, actually—for the Land Desk, and I keep getting sucked down oil well wormholes, leaving me without the time or energy to put together today’s dispatch. So I’m officially designating today a catch-up day! Which means I’ll continue chasing down the tangled histories of oil and gas wells and the characters that operate them, and you should go outside and enjoy the sweltering heat and, hopefully, some afternoon rain storms.
So far the monsoon in most of the Southwest hasn’t been as generous this month as it was during the second half of June, but there have been occasional soaking rains that have also kept temperatures reasonable. One exception to the climatic reasonableness would be Phoenix, where the daily highs have been in the triple digits every single day since June 1 (except on 6/18, when it was a merciful 98 F). This month the mercury has topped 110 on 11 days so far. Ooof.
Anyway, we’re supposed to be catching up. But first, this happened:
Don’t worry, though, Hoover Dam still stands. Turns out a transformer caught fire and was extinguished without incident or interruption to the power grid.
Okay, let’s catchup. If it’s too hot to be outside, then maybe do some Land Desk reading catchup.
Start it out by perusing the lovely—often heartbreaking—responses we got to this used-to-be-game prompt:
My recent rant about giant cars sparked a discussion in the comments and reminded me to strive for clarity and to beware of virtue signaling:
At least one reader canceled their subscription after reading the opening bit in this one. I’d urge you not to do the same, but if you do, please read the rest of the dispatch first! It has some fun stuff and some pretty pictures!
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision limiting the ways in which the EPA can regulate greenhouse gas emissions, some good climate news:
Okay, it looks like it’s clouding up out there and cooling off enough for you to go outside and revel in the coming storm. And stay tuned for the twisted tale of some oil and gas wells.