Speculations for the 2030s.
In 2030, the President Pearson put out a new plan to make America 100% green by 2060. The plan included even higher taxes on fossil fuel energy companies, and any other company as well. The new taxes were an incentive to go green. Solar power, wind power, hydro power, and even geothermal power were all embraced in this new, optimistic era in American history.
On August 24, 2030 a large hurricane formed in the Atlantic. Four days later, on August 28, Hurricane Milo made landfall in Miami Beach, and passed directly over Miami City. The storm, a Category 4, was incredibly destructive. 40 people were killed in the storm, mostly by the 25 ft. storm surge. Miami Beach was washed out, and even downtown was flooded. In the hours after the storm, rumors spread that Turkey Point, a nuclear facility south of the city, had had a meltdown, and had sent a radioactive cloud over the city. 1o were killed trying to flee the city. The rumors turned out to be false, and Turkey Point, 19 ft. above sea level, was not severely damaged. Miami rebuilt in the years following, but Hurricane Milo was the beginning of the end for Miami.
President Pearson’s fears about Climate Change were not unfounded, but in fact well grounded. By 2030, sea levels had risen a full foot, and Hurricane Milo was the effect. Storms were getting stronger, deserts were getting drier, forests wetter. Lake Mead, on the verge of drying up in 2025, was refilled in 2030 by a wet spell in the Rocky Mountains. This was the only counterpoint to Climate Change, used by the small pool of deniers on the far right side of the Republican Party. Climate Change, specifically sea level rise, was the driving force behind waves of emigration from Bangladesh to three destinations. Australia, the United States, and Canada were the destinations of choice for the Bangladeshis, as well as people from other nations on the Indian Ocean Rim.
On February 7, 2031, the SS Carnival II, a large cruise ship plying the waters of the Caribbean, struck a rock off the coast of Haiti. The ship keeled over in shallow water, one side was not submerged. 20 people died, all were recovered. A US company offered to try and remove the ship, but an assessment of the situation showed that that would simply not work. So they just left the massive hulk to rust in the shallow waters of Les Cayes Bay.
Over the summer of 2031, US Robotics, a company based in Chicago, released the first “home robot”. It was very expensive, and was almost exclusively a benefit for wealthy Americans. Still, the number of robots in the US went from 5,000 to 500,000.
In 2032, US president Elizabeth Pearson began knocking virtual holes in Paul Ryan’s literal wall. President Pearson, with Congress, began liberalizing the immigration system, making it easier for people to legally immigrate to the United States. Although Latin immigration had begun to slow, thousands were still coming to the United States, settling primarily in the southwest. Thanks to a wet spell, the southwest was a prime destination for Latin immigrants, as well as its proximity to Mexico, where the majority of the immigrants were coming from.
In 2032 a massive earthquake rocked Wellington, New Zealand. The city was badly damaged, and 30 people were killed. The earthquake did not stop the city’s growth, and in the years following New Zealand grew prosperous.
In November 2032, incumbent US president Elizabeth Pearson faced off with her republican challenger Marco Rubio, in an epic rematch. Pearson was victorious again.
On January 24, 2033, the United States launched Aires 4, the first manned mission to Mars. The mission began at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It would take 5-6 months to reach Mars, and a lot could go wrong during that time.
On May 2, 2033, a bomb exploded in the Washington metro-transit system. Several people were killed and the subterranean train system was closed for weeks. It was later revealed that an Islamic-Russian suicide bombed had wanted to harm America, a country that he had thought had destroyed his nation and his religion.
On June 4, 2033, American astronauts William Kensington and James Delacroix became the first men on Mars. The Mars landing was as monumental as the Moon landing in 1969. President Pearson had kept her promise, and America was proud. After 2033, NASA sent a manned mission every year until 2041 to Mars, landing on various regions of the planet. Aires 5,6,7,8,9,10, 11, and 12 were all very successful.
In 2034, a hurricane, Hurricane Owen, formed in the Atlantic Ocean. It made landfall at the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula and went up through the Chesapeake Bay. The low-lying towns along the bay didn't stand a chance against the Category 2 hurricane. Even Baltimore was hard hit by the storm. 30 people were killed and the damage was in the billions of dollars. President Pearson sent several billion in federal aid, and used the storm as an example of the effects of Climate Change, which it was. Storm defenses along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay were built, but with rising seas it was questionable if continuing to live in the area was viable.
In 2034, the largest source of immigration to the United States was Indonesia. The other major sources were Mexico, Nigeria, Congo, Korea, China, Tanzania, and what was left of Russia. Thanks to President Pearson, immigration was easier. The United States benefitted tremendously from the influx of immigrants from around the world.
In 2035, the wet spell that had kept Las Vegas and much of the west alive ended, and Lake Mead, which had been refilled almost to capacity, began to shrink again. Las Vegas was in trouble, and it couldn't count on an unusual wet spell to save it again. Things also took a bad turn for Phoenix, which was the biggest city in the region, and the 5th largest city in the country, behind Houston and barely ahead of Philadelphia.
In 2035, the Arabian oil boom ended, and the wealth disappeared. The biggest buyers of Arabian oil, the United States and European countries, were switching to clean energy, and were not buying as much, or any Arabian oil. Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia lost tons of money. The towers stopped going up across Arabia. Without the oil, the money for supplying water to Arabian cities also dried up. people started leaving Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government began to crumble, and people began to flee Riyadh.
In August 2036, Wales voted to secede from the United Kingdom, leaving only England. The succession of Wales was the last blow to England, and the government of England began to wobble. The United States, England’s closest ally, vowed not to let England collapse. England wasn't the only country in Europe to experience a big bust. In Spain, Catalonia tried to secede in 2036, but the Spanish government managed to restrain it. In Italy, a resurgence of mob activity undermined the Italian government in Rome.
In 2036, the year the the Great Wall of Europe, the wall separating most of Europe from the charred Ukraine, was completed, only a month behind schedule. The wall was a marvel of engineering. With gates at major roads, and guards posted along a catwalk on top, it was virtually impenetrable. But who would voluntarily go into the wasteland. A few years after the wall was completed, Europeans began sending death row inmates into the region, with only one can of food and an old safety suit that prevented the radioactivity from reaching the human body. If they could make it out of the danger zone, they had earned their freedom. No one ever made it out.
By the end of her two terms, US president Elizabeth Pearson had given equal pay for equal work, and drastically boosted America’s reliance on clean energy. At the beginning of her term, clean energy was only 12% of America’s total energy use. At the end of her term, it was 42%. This dramatic increase earned her the praise of many democrats. Al Gore, vice president in the 1990s under Bill Clinton, then 88, gave her much praise, stating she was the best president of the 21st century, and one of the best in American history.
In the late 2030s, Hypersonic jets were coming into use. Although at first only a small number were in circulation early on, their numbers grew as the decade drew to a close. By 2050, more than half of all jets were hypersonic.
In November 2036, the presidential election pitted democratic candidate Terence Benson against republican John Steinburg. Steinburg won the election, becoming the first Jewish president. President Steinburg took office in January 2037, and immediately began restricting immigration. He also lowered taxes, but increased spending, especially the military budget.
On May 9, 2037, a massive earthquake rocked southern Korea. The city of Busan was especially affected. A tsunami followed the 8.2 magnitude earthquake, and the effects were eerily similar to that of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami on a smaller scale. Korea recovered with help from other East Asian nations as well as the United States.
President Steinburg continued restricting immigration through 2037. He received a lot of criticizem from democrats, but continued his conservative policies.
On April 26, 2038, a humongous earthquake rocked Los Angeles. The city was badly damaged, and large portions burned to the ground afterwards. One of the city’s skyscrapers even keeled over during the quake. It was revealed that the earthquake was a magnitude 9.4, one of the greatest earthquakes ever recorded. Even the Hollywood Sign was partially destroyed. It took the city years to recover, and it didn't fully heal for decades.
China, under a democratic government, was a close ally of the United States, but US president John Steinburg chilled relations by making statements about Chinese factories “stealing jobs away from Americans” when in reality the factories were owned by American companies that Steinburg had given tax breaks too. Corruption perforated Steinburg’s administration.
In 2038, a war broke out. Not in the Middle East, Europe, or Asia, but within the United States itself. Gang wars and a struggle between gangs and police caused a rising tide of violence in Detroit. In December 2038, US president John Steinburg cordoned off Detroit from the rest of the country. This decision was met with outrage across the country.
In 2039, A large typhoon, Typhoon Hungshua, hit Taiwan. The storm caused great suffering and destruction. The Chinese province was hit hard. 100 people were killed and up to a billion dollars in damaged was caused by the storm.
In 2039, US president John Steinburg continued “patching up” the Great Wall of America. By 2039 he had limited immigration from everywhere to 1960s levels. America’s economy began to hurt from his strict immigration policies and low corporate taxes. Finally, in the fall of 2039, an economic recession began. By early 2040 the recession had become as bad as the 2008 recession, and by late 2040 it was full on depression, as bad as the Great Depression of the 1930s.
In September 2039, memorial services were held in Poland to mark the 100th anniversary of World War II. English Prime Minister Oscar Wilde, French President Jacques Laurier, German Chancellor Hilda Brakenburg, Italian President Georgio Vittali, and Polish President Nicolas Mrozak. The Russian dignitary was head of the EU trust territory of St. Petersburg, Joseph Nopnorhova.