The Plan to Water California by Draining the Mojave
it’s a long article. One interesting point is that all this water normally evaporates into the air. It’s not going to empty a lake or river. It is a lot of pumping and a long pipeline for water. is it wise? I dunno. The percentage that would be taken of what is there is a fact not yet in evidence.
Feinsteins quote is a non sequitur. How we use our water is a separate issue from where it comes from unless she wants to argue drinking it is an unwise use. I don’t think there is a way to get more water environmentalists would actually agree with. Even desalination has energy issues. if that energy comes from solar, we have an impact on the ground beneath the installations. if wind power, birds are getting killed.
Population control is not an option. Where lies the wise course? Remains to be shown.
Cadiz has plenty of enemies—environmentalists, local ranchers, protectionists and Native American tribes—but none more fierce than Senator Dianne Feinstein.
“I remain concerned the Cadiz project could damage the Mojave desert beyond repair and believe the BLM decision to deny the right of way is the right one,” said the veteran Democrat, who in 1994 help create the Mojave national preserve. She believes it could be threatened by the Cadiz project. “The bottom line is that right now we need more responsibility in how we use our water, not less.”“There are people that think water is a human right and confuse privatisation with the right to get water under economic terms,” Slater says…
…“This is the United States of America and we have private property here. This is not a communist country. We own land, and land use is an attribute of property ownership,” he says. “Food doesn’t stay on the farm it was grown on. We share our food, we share our energy, we share our oil and gas. I can sell land to anybody. Why would I treat water any differently?
“The use of water is owned. It’s not like someone is calling up God and saying ‘make it rain’. It is sold as a right, just like you sell a house.”