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THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE IN WEST
I live in Pima County Arizona, where a Tucson metro population
of slightly more than 1-million is struggling to deal with a reported 11,172
COVID-19 victims, some of whom are being transported elsewhere in the state
and even out of state, due to the need for hospital beds and
Except for funeral homes, and the growing need for great
refrigerated trucks, now necessary to accommodate the growing death rate
until local mortuaries can schedule the increasing number of funerals,
economic fallout in Tucson is horrific.
Nothing, however, like that taking place in the West Texas
towns of Midland, Pecos, and Odessa - all situated atop the great
Permian Basin, perhaps the world's greatest oil drilling and fracking field.
To quote the July 11, 2020 edition of The Wall Street
Journal: "The economic collapse in the wake of the coronavirus has
been brutal. In a matter of weeks, global demand for oil has shriveled by
20% as people worldwide drive and fly a lot less."
Today, the oil field referenced above has all but shut down.
Unemployment has risen from 2.1 to 13.4 percent, Nearly 900,000 pounds of
food is distributed each month in the towns atop the Permian basin by the
West Texas Food Bank and the trendline toward an increasing need has yet to
indicate a promise of abatement in the near future. The worst has yet to
-Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the human condition.
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