Could global warming eventually cause the decline of the Sun Belt and the revival of the Rust Belt in the US?

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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SoCal
In real life, the southern part of the US (Sun Belt) experienced extremely massive population growth over the last seven decades while the northern part of the US (Rust Belt) experienced much less population growth:



In turn, this motivated me to ask this question--do you think that global warming is likely to eventually result in a reversal of this trend--as in, with the Sun Belt stagnating much more and with the Rust Belt experiencing a revival and a renaissance?
 

Chlodio

Forum Staff
Aug 2016
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Dispargum
If population trends reverse for some reason and people start moving from the Sun Belt back to the Rust Belt it won't be because of climate change. Air conditioning and other environmental control technologies are here to stay. People might spend more time indoors, but they won't move to cooler climates. Even climate change effects like the spread of malarial mosquitoes will be solved via technology rather than fled by migration. More hurricanes hitting the Gulf Coast won't do it either. People make far more money in between the hurricanes than the cost of damage that hurricanes inflict. Look how quickly New Orleans repaired the Superdome after Katrina. Repairs are affordable if there's money to be made.
 
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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
22,750
SoCal
If population trends reverse for some reason and people start moving from the Sun Belt back to the Rust Belt it won't be because of climate change. Air conditioning and other environmental control technologies are here to stay. People might spend more time indoors, but they won't move to cooler climates. Even climate change effects like the spread of malarial mosquitoes will be solved via technology rather than fled by migration. More hurricanes hitting the Gulf Coast won't do it either. People make far more money in between the hurricanes than the cost of damage that hurricanes inflict. Look how quickly New Orleans repaired the Superdome after Katrina. Repairs are affordable if there's money to be made.
Good points. :)