16 Apr 2012

Monday funnies

Before dams led to shortages.*
(via BH) Wow, this bit [PDF] from California's very own stand-up comedian, Rep. Tom McClintock (R), is lol-worthy:
Today the Sub-committee on Water and Power meets to review the programs of the federal agencies charged with the responsibility of harnessing the vast water and power resources of the United States for the prosperity of our nation...

Yet while the House is moving to restore abundance as the central objective of federal and water policy, it appears the administration is moving in precisely the opposite direction...to a future of increasingly severe government-induced shortages, higher and higher electricity and water prices, massive taxpayer subsidies to politically well connected and favored industries, and a permanently declining quality of life for our children who will be required to stretch and ration every drop of water and every watt of electricity in their bleak and dimly lit homes - homes in which gravel replaces green lawns and the toilets constantly back up.

I see a different future for our nation: I see a new era of clean, cheap and abundant hydroelectricity. I see great new reservoirs to store water in wet years to assure abundance in dry ones. I see a future in which families can enjoy the prosperity that abundant water and electricity provides; and the quality of life that comes from that prosperity. I see a nation whose children can look forward to a green lawn, a backyard garden, a family swimming pool, affordable air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter, brightly lit homes and cities and abundant and affordable groceries from America's agricultural cornucopia.
Wait, so this guy from the great, dammed North of California has the cojones to call for more dams while claiming that "the opposition" is subsidizing favored industries? And he thinks that more water storage will create a "government-induce surplus"? First, he needs to read more about why we need more fewer dams. Second, he needs a few lessons in supply and DEMAND.

Luckily for him, I'll be in DC from 3-10 May. I'll be giving a few talks (NOAA, IFPRI), so maybe there's time to brief his staffers of what real abundance looks like in California.
* The path to shortage starts by cutting off water from its natural course (shortage to Nature), then directing it to people who do not pay the full price of delivery, let alone scarcity. As their demand expands to overtake "additional" supply, scarcity moves to shortage, then a call for more dams. These silly people need to read my paper on how this cycle has damaged Northern AND Southern California.


Tim in Albion said...

Cool pic - where is it from, and how was it done?

David Zetland said...

@tim-- http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/557-the-first-satellite-map-of-california-1851

btokars said...

Thought this little video from Salmon Water Now makes a fitting contribution to this subject.

3012: The Space Salmon Incident (8 min).


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