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Old 12-30-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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I was told once that the cold weather in the spring, fall and winter in much of America is a major reason for our prosperity. It taught our ancestors hard work because if you did not work hard during the growing season, you starved. And most places in the world that are warm year around have undeveloped economies.

In the year 2014, something drastic happens and every place in America climate changes to warm weather 365 days a year. With abundant rainfall throughout the year.

What impact would that have on America's economy? Would it cause America to boom or go bust?
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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I'd like it. Heating/cooling cost would fall to $0 which means more disposable income.

But that would put those in heating/cooling out of business.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:13 AM
 
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crime would go up in previously cooler regions. Seriously.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:18 PM
 
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No more skiing?
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: On City-Data
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Tourism to warmer climates would take a blow.

More swimming pools in colder climates. I would guess more money spent on recreation overall in colder climates.

Agriculture would change. 2-3 crops/year instead of one.

Abundant rainfall would reduce the problem of drought.

...endless ramifications...
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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There are such places already, such as Brookings, Oregon. There are few jobs there, but the home prices are inflated due to the popularity for retirees.

There would be mixed effects for crops. Some of them, such as apples, require a cold winter dormancy. The advantages to being able to grow other crops all year would offset that. We might have to import apples but would have a great surplus of other crops to export. The biggest negative would be the tourism industry, and of course, skiing and other winter sports.


Weather Brookings Harbor Coast Oregon Climate
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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everyones electric bills would go down, as you would not need air conditioning.
also you could hang your clothes outside all year and not have to pay for a dryer either.
You wouldn't need winter coats and heavy blankets.

it would hurt sales for a/c and winter apparrell and stuff like that. but I dont care, I rather have the warm weather.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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So far few of you really have understood the impact of climate on our economy.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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So far few of you really have understood the impact of climate on our economy.
An interesting and related book:

Cool IT (Movie Tie-in Edition): The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming (Vintage): Bjorn Lomborg: 9780307741103: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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75 degrees isn't nearly warm enough to turn people into lazy slugs. The lack of ambition that you are attempting to point out happens when weather is much hotter and very humid. That's the sort of weather that makes people nap all afternoon, not 75 degrees.

I suspect that changing the entire country to 75 degrees year round would have a very negative effect on the distribution of water due to the changed precipitation pattern.
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