All of the government agencies that have a part in approving the proposed desalination plant have publicly stated that the only answer to California’s statewide water crisis is desalination.I visited the plant site two years ago. I understand its engineering (a bit), ecology (a bit more) and economics (a lot); see prior post.
But the big three approval process players — the State Lands Commission, California Coastal Commission and the Water Resources Control Board — are playing pingpong with Poseidon Resources and the city of Carlsbad by approving the permit, then adding conditions to it.
It always amazes me when government bureaus claim that they are the main line of defense in protecting the citizens from harm. I think the real mission of most bureaus like these is the self-preservation of their jobs and salaries.
In this case, by claiming they are protecting both the citizens and the ocean, everyone in San Diego County is endangered, both residents and businesses alike, as no home or business can exist without water.
Bottom Line: This permit process has been drawn out by ideological opponents to the plant, but SD will not perish without it. It should be approved -- if only to allow Californians to see if it works as promised.