Thursday, April 30, 2015

An Ironic Drought In California

Victor Davis Hanson | Apr 30, 2015

http://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2015/04/30/an-ironic-drought-in-california-n1992114/page/full

The present four-year California drought is not novel -- even if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells -- like those of 1929-34, 1976-77 and 1987-92 -- more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures.

What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought -- well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early 1990s. Much of the growth is due to massive and recent immigration.......Whatever one's view on immigration, it is ironic to encourage millions of newcomers to settle in the state without first making commensurately liberal investments for them in water supplies and infrastructure.

Sharp rises in population still would not have mattered much had state authorities just followed their forbearers' advice to continually increase water storage.  Environmentalists counter that existing dams and reservoirs have already tapped out the state's potential to transfer water from the wet areas, where 75 percent of the snow and rain fall, to the dry regions, where 75 percent of the population prefers to reside.

But that analysis is incomplete......To Read More....
 
My Take - If this sort of thing had to happen somewhere - I'm glad it's happening in California. If any state ever deserved it - It's California. If any governor ever deserved this crisis - It's Jerry Brown. This is the outcome of irrational, misanthropic and morally defective leftist/green thinking and policies.  Policies activists want the whole world to adopt.  Is there anyone out there besides me that thinks that to be green or a leftist is actually a diagnosis for insanity?

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