27 February 2013

Jobs, Tunnels and the Delta

RM sent me this press release, which says that peripheral tunnels would create 136,000 jobs and "net 15,000" jobs in the Delta, etc.

First, jobs are COSTS, not benefits. Give me $1million and I could create twenty $50,000 jobs for stoners who would play video games.

Second, "net" jobs are not the kinds of jobs that farmers want. Those are jobs for restoration ecologists (and guys with shovels) that outnumber the unemployed farmers.

Third, I wonder if it wouldn't be easier and cheaper to STOP exporting water from the Delta, "employ" lots of people to restore the ecosystem, AND hire lots of people south of the Delta to turn now unirrigated farms into pasture with cows. Hee haw!

Fourth, Dave Sunding is a great guy, and I am sure he deserves his fees for these studies, but don't forget how people screw up these job numbers.

Bottom Line: Don't tell me about jobs from the tunnel. Tell me who's going to pay for it, and who's going to get paid off for the destruction of their existing life (paper)
Addendum: Someone more knowledgeable than me lays out ten facts about the Delta.

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