21 Aug 2014

Droughts don't cause shortages -- people do

XKCD illustrates the depth of California's drought:

...but these statistics ignore the obvious:

I've been talking with a lot of reporters who are asking "how bad is this?" and related questions. I tell them that farmers have screwed themselves into a corner (planting too many acres of trees, overdrafting their groundwater, spraying alfalfa fields in the desert) while urbanites would have no problems "surviving" if they just used water indoors.

Bottom Line: Californians have shot themselves in the feet, but you cannot tell because of the tall, irrigated grass.

H/Ts to RM and MV

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