The following story ran in the March 10, 2013, edition of the Dallas Morning News. The David J. Weber-William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America is awarded annually by SMU's Clements Center for Southwest Studies.
Editorial: Hits and Misses
March 12, 2013
You can’t say deBuys didn’t warn the Southwest
The late Texas Gov. William P. Clements had a passion for the Southwest, which is why SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies gives an annual book prize for the best nonfiction book on the region. This year’s award goes to author William deBuys, whose A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest alerts readers to the realities of a Southwest that lacks enough water to grow. The New Mexico writer also calls attention to the havoc that a changing climate could bring to the area. Agree with him or not, deBuys’ work as an environmental writer causes you to think about our future....