Sunday, May 11, 2014

California and drought

There's an assertion going 'round that the drought California is now experiencing may be the worst in 500 years.

Mother Jones magazine earlier this year gave coverage to the drought, reporting everything from wine production, to vegetable cultivation, to drinking water supplies were impacted.

But it strikes me the political left fails to acknowledge that modern California exists because of man-made water infrastructure.

Biggest problem California has now is that "environmentalists" have largely prevented the state from pursuing water infrastructure projects that would have expanded capacity to meet the needs of a growing population.

The Left merely blames climate or climate change, failing to honestly assess that population has outstripped man-made access to water in California that was largely put in place in the first half of the 20th century.

Yes, droughts do happen. Some are significantly worse than others. But in the era not but a few decades ago, civil engineers made allowances, and took preparations in advance to deal with them. Today, too many people act as if they're taken by surprise when a naturally occurring event like drought takes place, failing to understand drought is something that could have been planned for in more comprehensive manner.

Yes, conservation should be part of any water plan. But you can't let population (and industry) outrun water infrastructure.

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