Opinion: Sending Utah water to make Colorado ice in a drought is a weird flex
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DENVER — Smack dab in the middle of the hottest summer ever — this figures — there’s an ice shortage in Colorado.
Demand is off the charts. The company that makes those bags of ice for convenience stores can’t find enough workers.
Ice, ice baby
The Colorado solution for now is to stop, collaborate and glisten; Colorado started trucking in ice from Utah. No kidding. (Okay, full disclosure — as far as I know, it’s just one Colorado ice supplier. But still.)
Colorado kids fill up coolers of ice made from Utah water.
But don’t we need the water? Colorado may have an ice shortage, but Utah has a water shortage. So… we freeze our water to send to them to make ice while my lawn chokes to death.
I don’t get it.
But it got me wondering. What did we do for ice before freezers?
Colorado ice: A modern convenience
The answer: Nothing. Ice was never a thing. Ever.
Until 1806, when Harvard dropout Frederic Tudor decided to insulate the cargo hold of a ship and send lake ice to tropical cities.
Consider Tudor the Johnny Appleseed of ice cubes, taking ice from city to city, telling people to try it.
“It’s called a COLD beverage,” he told his first customers. “The first drink’s free.”
America slowly got hooked.
90% of the ice melted before customers ever took a sip, but Tudor died rich, 60 years later.
And 160 years later, we depend on freezers — basically, warehouses that simulate the Arctic — but without enough workers to run them, the result? An ice shortage.
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