#1 Insult to injury: CA declares drought emergency
02-28-2009, 03:57 AM
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California in drought emergency
From the BBC...
California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency because of a severe drought.
The governor said the drought was having "a devastating impact" on people, the economy and environment.
He urged the state's cities and towns to cut water consumption by 20%, or face the prospect of compulsory cuts.
The state water director said three years of below-average rainfall could cost California an estimated $3bn (£2.1bn) and 95,000 jobs.
"This drought is having a devastating impact... making today's action absolutely necessary," Mr Schwarzenegger said.
"We have a water system that is for 18 million people - now we are 38 million. We've got to go and redo our water system - bring it up to date."
Three dry winters have left California's reservoirs at their lowest levels since 1992, reports the BBC's Peter Bowes in Los Angeles.
Farmers have been particularly badly hit in a state which is the largest producer of food and agricultural products in the US.
The drought has resulted in many fields being left fallow and thousands of farm worker have been laid off, our correspondent says."Because we're a great nation, our challenges seem complex; it will always be this way. But as long as we remember our first principals and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours." -Reagan
02-28-2009, 10:47 AM
of course - that won't apply to the limousine liberals. They simply MUST have green lawns!!!Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
02-28-2009, 11:33 AM"We have a water system that is for 18 million people - now we are 38 million. We've got to go and redo our water system - bring it up to date.""If every poor man is to come here and start requesting money for all his children, the applicants will never be satisfied and the nation's finances will collapse." Emperor Tiberius: Tacitus:Annals
02-28-2009, 11:33 AM
Sure bet he wishes he would have just stuck to playing the Terminator.
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02-28-2009, 09:44 PM
This whole drought business really bugs me. There was a drought when I little, and it seems like there is always the threat of a drought. We live next to the freaking ocean, so why is it that there has been no serious movements to get a desalinization program going. Yes, it would be expensive, but our current water situation is not workable.
They are talking about rationing water to the agricultural industry, which will of course result in decreased crop production and higher cost of produce.
Plus, freaking southern California is taking all of our water :p
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