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We have learned that climate science is not a source of decisive action.

But now we have in plain sight California’s one year supply of stored water, its 9 percent of normal snow pack, its collapsing ground over depleted aquifers [“$1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor,” Nation & World, March 26]. Texas is now engaged in water wars. The Colorado River Basin is drying up. And the list grows longer. Ask the farmers; they have their own kind of scientific data.

We can now reasonably wonder when the desertification of Western America, in a drought unlikely to go away, will be understood as a national crisis. John Steinbeck, in his “Grapes of Wrath,” has already told the story. How will Washington state accommodate a flood of climate refugees?

When and how, as citizens, planners and politicians, will we begin to attend to the various data residing in plain sight? After all, each of us is a scientist, in the presence of evidence, if we make ourselves available to it.

Rick Meyer, Seattle