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The Chron has pretty much signed off on the inevitability of a giant set of tunnels moving water from the Sacramento River to the San Joaquin River, screwing up even futher the ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay and Delta:

The water world has already separated into three camps: the water contractors, the federal government, the governor and the state Department of Water Resources, which support the “conveyance” as a necessary part (but only one element) of providing future water supplies;

the environmental community, which does not speak with a single voice but, conceding that the $14 billion facility probably is inevitable, is focusing on how it might be operated.

The last group, the delta residents and the Northern California congressional delegation, is opposed, seeing a loss of water and productive farmland and little tangible benefit in return.

But let's remember: When this came up in 1982, it was voted down statewide, with something like 80 percent of Northern California saying "no." And it wasn't just the pumps and the Big Suck -- it was the whole concept of shifting more water to unsustainable agriculture in the desert. That point hasn't changed at all. Until we get a handle on why the state allows farmers to grow rice and tomatoes in the US version of Africa's Serenghetti, I don't see why we're spending a whole lot of money to make things worse.

 

Comments

"...Spending a whole lot of money to make things worse." Good summation of the liberal mindset, Tim.

Posted by Chromefields on Jul. 25, 2012 @ 11:33 am

"Spending a whole lot of money" = Billions of dollars (anywhere from 17 to 50 Billion according to different news sources)
(http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/agriculture/2700-plans-for-14-bil...)

"To make things worse" = 1) Ecologically speaking for bay delta species who depend on certain water flows to survive

2) For delta farmers who will be forced to deal with rising salinity as the water pressure from the ocean pushes farther inland due to the amount of diverted water

3) The economic consequences of spending billions of TAX PAYER dollars in order satisfy special interests, water exporters, and Southern California residents while cities all over California go bankrupt.

So no this is not a "summation of the liberal mindset" it's just simple truth. It IS a lot of money, and it might in fact make things worse. Making this issue liberal v. conservative only serves to transform this into a more contentious issue than necessary. Instead we should probably be debating the pro's and con's in a civil, logical, and efficient way. Name calling is for elementary school children.

Furthermore, can I just point out the hypocrisy of (being a conservative myself) criticizing liberals for supporting "big government" projects i.e. Obamacare ... and yet not oppose this multi billion dollar "big government" project helping poor farmers? Just saying.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 25, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

This is a terrible idea.

Posted by Troll II on Jul. 25, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

... well, not really.

Tim, though it is somewhat amusing what the Urban Dictionary has on the wprd "futher," (not worth a visit, though) I think you meant "further."

Posted by lillipublicans on Jul. 25, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

You really think the GOP wouldn't have a similar or worse idea? Who are you kidding?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 06, 2012 @ 6:42 pm
hey

3) The economic consequences of spending billions of TAX PAYER dollars in order satisfy special interests, water exporters, and Southern California residents while cities all over California go bankrupt.

Posted by Bodybuilding on Oct. 21, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

The water world has already separated into three camps: the water contractors, the federal government, the governor and the state

Posted by Supllement Erfahrungsberichte on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 12:12 am
now

The last group, the delta residents and the Northern California congressional delegation, is opposed, seeing a loss of water and productive farmland and little tangible benefit in return.

Posted by No-xplode on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 12:56 am

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