Water: Life or Death


California is in its worst drought in 500 years. Water rationing is in effect and it is going to get much, much worse before it gets any better! Thus scream the headlines on TV and newspapers everyday and of course everyone panics in the Golden State while praying that Governor Jerry Brown saves them. Someone forgot to tell them that Brown is not God.

Here is the kicker – how in the hell can you go without water with the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep? I left California in 1968 to move back to my home state of Arizona because I thought California was going to hell-in-a-hand-basket. Even then, there was talk of desalinization plants to hedge bets against draining the Colorado River dry, thus leaving Nevada and Arizona without water. California has been sucking up water faster than any state in the Union for decades.

When you stop and think about it, draining millions of gallons out of the ocean might just be a great idea whose time has come. The oceans are rising at an alarming rate. Would it not be better to spend money for drinking water plants than to rebuild all the coastal cities inland thirty miles or so? I remember the jokes when I lived there about California slipping off into the ocean when the big quake hits. They have it wrong…the ocean will rise 100 feet and it will only look like the cities fell into the sea. The result will be the same and I will finally be able to sell ocean front property in Arizona.

May I remind California and the Washington D.C. politicians that Israel has been drinking water from desalinization plants for decades? They knew right after becoming a state in 1948 that survival depended of a strong military and water. At least we got one right – now we need to use American know how and start building plants that will provide fresh water for Californians before they start moving here. We like to call this disaster, the Californication of Arizona.

I’m just saying,



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