California Drought Report #14

Joel-Kotkin_photoI have been a fan of Joel Kotkin’s for years and recommend you invest some of your valuable time to appreciate his insights.  As you may recall, Kotkin was the featured speaker at the ERC Second Annual Economic Summit. He is known to many of the leaders in our community.

Kotkin writing at the Daily Beast explains how California’s drought crisis illustrates the State’s devolution into a feudalistic society dominated by an oligarchy of super-rich liberals who’ve handcuffed the State’s ability to grow and prosper:

But ultimately the responsibility for California’s future lies with our political leadership, who need to develop the kind of typically bold approaches past generations have embraced. One step would be building new storage capacity, which Governor Jerry Brown, after opposing it for years, has begun to admit is necessary. Desalinization, widely used in the even more arid Middle East, notably Israel, has been blocked by environmental interests but could tap a virtually unlimited supply of the wet stuff, and lies close to the state’s most densely populated areas. Essentially the state could build enough desalinization facilities, and  the energy plants to run them, for less money than Brown wants to spend on his high-speed choo-choo to nowhere. This piece of infrastructure is so irrelevant to the state’s needs that even many progressives, such as Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum, consider it a “ridiculous” waste of money.

And there needs to be, at least for the short term, an end to dumping water into San Francisco Bay for the purpose of restoring a long-gone salmon run, or to the Delta, in order to save a bait-fish, the Delta smelt, which may already be close to extinct. This dumping of water has continued even as the state has faced a potentially crippling water shortage; nothing is too good for our fish, or to salve the hyper-heated consciousness of the environmental illuminati.

Kotkin concludes:

What we are witnessing the breakdown of a once-expansive, open society into one dominated by a small group of plutocrats, largely in Silicon Valley, with an “amen” crew among the low-information donors of Hollywood, the public unions, the green lobby, and wealthy real estate developers favored by Brown’s pro-density policies. This coalition backs Brown and helps maintain the state’s essentially one-party system. No one is more adamant about reducing people’s carbon footprint than the jet set of Silicon Valley or the state’s planning elite, even  if they choose not to live in a manner that they instruct all others.

Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit writes:

Yep–pretty much sums up the progressives’ approach to problems: Political correctness+ignorance+crony capitalism= preferred “solution.”

I highly  recommend everyone read the whole article HERE. Then spend a few minutes reflecting on this insight “the responsibility for California’s future lies with our political leadership.”  Our current progressive leaders are not going to do anything to solve the problems, until you and your neighbors speak up and demand action NOW!

H/T to Instapundit

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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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3 Responses to California Drought Report #14

  1. Dena says:

    A rather dumb question occurred to me. Some fish require a muddy rocky area to avoid predators. If they are not emulating a seasonal flow cycle with the water, the excessive about of water they are releasing could be destroying the habitat of the Delta Smelt. The fish might do better with a fraction of the water currently being released.
    The reason I mention this is because the historical droughts didn’t kill of the Delta Smelt so they must be able to survive with very limited stream water much of the year.

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    • Russ Steele says:

      That was my thought also, what happened to the delta smelt when the Sacramento river flow dropped to well below the current flow during long periods of drought. They seemed to have survived.

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  2. Dena says:

    The big issue is the voter distribution For the most part the population concentrations are located near the bay area and the LA basin and they vote strong democrat. The farming areas are low population even though they cover large areas and are conservative. People who do physical work appreciate a government that stays out of their way. The city people, many living off he government like the idea of big government The only way I see of changing this is to have a massive failure of governments ability to deliver services. Will the lack of water do it? I suspect not because they will draw water from the farmers and give it to the people for their vote. The link will better explain the political balance issue.
    http://www.ppic.org/main/publication_quick.asp?i=1007

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