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Stephen Colbert Warns of Drought’s “Arid Hellscape”

Comedian Stephen Colbert discussed the historic drought event on the July 24th episode of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central. "Evidently, folks I did not know this, an arid hellscape is not optimal for agriculture," he said.

Colbert, tongue firmly in cheek, suggested that farmers switch to growing crops that are more drought resistant, like raisins and sun-dried tomatoes. 

Alarmed by reports that dairy prices will skyrocket due to drought impacts, leading to less cheese on pizzas, Colbert quipped, "It is one thing for global warming to make the sea levels rise, but nobody told me it could make my cheese levels recede."

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Colbert interviewed Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University regarding the economic ramifications of the drought. Regarding federal crop insurance, Colbert joked that the program is really "Obamacare for corn."


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By Shelley (Sacramento)
on July 25th, 2012

Colbert is one of the best ways to get younger people re-interested in this issue!

And may I suggest writing I’ve done on the greatest American drought, and how people learned from it:

Rain, A Dust Bowl Story

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