How Jerry Brown Engineered California’s Drought.

I have written about the lack of new water storage in California as the population doubled many times on my blogs. Now Victor Davis Hanson has taken up the issue.

“Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin for error in a state now home to 40 million people. Second, the mandated restrictions will bring home another truth as lawns die, pools empty, and boutique gardens shrivel in the coastal corridor from La Jolla to Berkeley: the very idea of a 20-million-person corridor along the narrow, scenic Pacific Ocean and adjoining foothills is just as unnatural as “big” agriculture’s Westside farming. The weather, climate, lifestyle, views, and culture of coastal living may all be spectacular, but the arid Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay-area megalopolises must rely on massive water transfers from the Sierra Nevada, Northern California, or out-of-state sources to support their unnatural ecosystems. . . . I have never met a Bay Area environmentalist or Silicon Valley grandee who didn’t drink or shower with water imported from a far distant water project. The Bay Area remains almost completely reliant on ancient Hetch Hetchy water supplies from the distant Sierra Nevada, given the inability of groundwater pumping to service the Bay Area’s huge industrial and consumer demand for water. But after four years of drought, even Hetch Hetchy’s huge Sierra supplies have only about a year left, at best. Again, the California paradox: those who did the most to cancel water projects and divert reservoir water to pursue their reactionary nineteenth-century dreams of a scenic, depopulated, and fish-friendly environment enjoy lifestyles predicated entirely on the fragile early twentieth-century water projects of the sort they now condemn.”

California’s Progressive Agenda 21 Dreamers are soon going to looking for a glass of water to drink and the faucet will be dry.  Could not happen to a nutter group of people. Mother Nature does not read political agendas, she just does what she has done before. What is it that the Progressive Agenda 21 promoters and the supporters of AB-32 did not understand about California’s history of long extended droughts?   Through out history California and the Southwest have experienced 20 to 50 year droughts.  We could be on the cusp of the next extended drought and we do not have enough water collection facilities for when it does rain, which it does even during droughts.  California leaders need to put down there Agenda 21 manual and take a lesson from history.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to How Jerry Brown Engineered California’s Drought.

  1. Sean says:

    Growing up in Southern California in the boom years of the 60 and 70’s, I noticed with most infrastructure construction that there in the early 70’s there developed a strong resistance to build it out. It seemed as if they took the position that if you did not build out the infrastructure you could stop sprawl and population growth. Unfortunately, the stop growth movement resulted in higher housing costs near the population centers and sprawl moved even further inland.


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