01 April 2015

Hey Jerry! Put down the bong and listen!

Even far over here, amidst rainstorms, I am hearing about California's water shortage and the Governor's "order" to reduce use by 25 percent.

Sadly, his orders appear to mix up agricultural (80%) with urban (20%) use, i.e., he talks about lawns and urban prices (two worthy targets!) while "missing" the role of agriculture.

Let me help: farmers use 80 percent of "developed" water... and more if you consider groundwater. Therefore, I suggest that Brown shut down irrigation and pay off farmers [for surface water], so there's more water for cities people. Here are further, useful details.

Bottom Line: BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS should target BIG USERS of water, not people in cities.

H/Ts to EF, RM and VZ


  1. ha ha ha ha !

  2. Man makes a shortage!

    I thought you were talking colletively, but this shows just one can be sufficient.

  3. In re: "suggest(ing) that Brown shut down irrigation and pay off farmers". Perhaps I am reading this wrong, but are you suggesting that the 76k+ farmers in Calif. no longer get water and California seizes to be one of the largest agriculture "countries" in the world?

  4. Well, we can always hope this announcement was a joke.

  5. @EF -- Yes, indeed. My priorities are people over food crops, since it's easier to import food than water (or export people). Nobody farms in the Sahara, and California without rain is a desert...
    @VZ -- Maybe his was April Fools but not mine! ;)


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