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NASA Says California Only Has One Year's Worth of Water Left

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we're losing the creek too."--Jay Famigelietti, senior water scientist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Source: Op-Ed: California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?
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    California, a state that 12.17% of our entire population calls home, has one year of water left in its supply.That terrifying news comes to us today in a warning from NASA that says that state has a major crisis on its hand that must be addressed immediately.

    I encourage everyone to read the entire piece by NASA Scientists Jay Famigelietti. There has to come a time when we listen to our scientists and force our politicians to act and act with a sense of urgency about the water crisis is California and the greater Southwest. It's naive to think all of us won't suffer the consequences if we don't tackle this crisis head on. If they go down then we may all go down.

    California has a massive economy, grows much of our nations food, and its citizens contribute $292,563,574,000, the most of any state in the nation by 73 million dollars. The least we can do is come together and figure out a way to solve this problem at a mass scale.

    The media is being typically silent about this. The Ed Show did a piece on it today, but I haven't seen or found any other mentions about this. How much longer are we going to stick our head in the sand and act like nothing is going on?
  • Democrat
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    Is this another "The sky is falling" story, I find it hard to believe that this Nation does not have the ability with desalination methods to help avert this type of a situation a year from now.
  • Center Left
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    None of you republicans believe in climate change.........
    This will effect real estate values.
  • Democrat
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    I am not a Republican and my query is not about any climate change theory, nor is it about the causation of the water problem in California, I only suggest that with this nation's scientific community,I find it difficult to believe that we cannot provide water for one of our larger States, when anyone one of our aircraft carriers can supply water from the sea to many underdeveloped countries that were ravaged by some natural calamity or another, that is why I find it dubious to suggest that the U.S Government will allow the State of California to be left up to their own devices to resolve this pending crisis.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    johnnycee Wrote: Is this another "The sky is falling" story, I find it hard to believe that this Nation does not have the ability with desalination methods to help avert this type of a situation a year from now.
    Desalination plants are awfully expensive to get operational and pump way more carbon into the air, which only exasperates the crisis.There are currently 17 plans in the state of California, but they would need to build many more with money that the Federal Government would almost surely have to provide. Each one currently costs around $1 billion dollars to make and the state would need dozens more if they ever wanted desalinated water to be a viable alternative to water from the reservoirs and underground.

    Here's a couple good articles explaining it a little more in-depth:

    Nation's largest ocean desalination plant goes up near San Diego; Future of the California coast?

    Desalination plants a pricey option if drought persists
  • Democrat
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    Thanks for articles, much information that I was not aware of, IE: cost of use and such, but I think of the destruction caused by dry land, the loss of ground growth and the ever present danger of brush fires, and as I watch the news when these weather events occur they always mention the $ amount of the destruction, instead of a pipeline for oil maybe we should ask Alaska to pump in some of that Artic snow via a new pipeline to help those counties in Calif. that are in the most danger. I said that as a joke and now I'm thinking can it be done?
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    I have not read this entire article yet, (about water shortage in California) --- but it is VERY shocking. We all have heard rumors about "someday" --- we would not have enough water ... BUT we always thought that it would be way off in the distant future. To even suggest that it could be SOON, is just unbelievable. And I don't think we can possibly be prepared for it --- the crop failures, the weather extremes, loss of tourism, massive loss of income (& jobs), is horrifying.
    NO WONDER we are sending a voyage to MARS, only a "one way trip" - they are trying out a possible "escape from oblivion" scenario? from our Earth?
  • Independent
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    eternal flame Wrote: I have not read this entire article yet, (about water shortage in California) --- but it is VERY shocking. We all have heard rumors about "someday" --- we would not have enough water ... BUT we always thought that it would be way off in the distant future. To even suggest that it could be SOON, is just unbelievable. And I don't think we can possibly be prepared for it --- the crop failures, the weather extremes, loss of tourism, massive loss of income (& jobs), is horrifying.
    NO WONDER we are sending a voyage to MARS, only a "one way trip" - they are trying out a possible "escape from oblivion" scenario? from our Earth?
    This again shows that we are a country who only lives from day to day; our politicians are way too busy to fill their pockets, instead of focussing on future requirements, like water sources. Sure we have plenty of money for useless war equipment but not for needed recource development. At a given moment this will bite you in the butt. We 've got plenty of fresh water in FL but our evangelical nuthead governor, finds it more important to let industries polute that, otherwise he will loose out on his "pocket" money. So FL may get in to the same situation as CA. Praise to our "greedy" leaders; just go bravely to church, that will help
  • Liberal
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    Who drinks water?Wink
  • Independent
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    pgr Wrote: Who drinks water?Wink
    What do you think is part of your "beer"? But at your place just suck on snow; the same result if you pee in it !! Ha ha.
  • Center Left
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    They'll get their water because of all of their huge bank accounts. Now the huge bank accounts will not buy the water, instead they'll buy the politicians that will get them their water. Question is: Who will they steal it from ? (Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Mexico)
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    This would be an incredible Niche industry. Take water from households.... Filter it, treat it with chlorine, filter it a couple more times....add whatever chemicals make it safe..... filter it once more....... sell it back to the state, persons in 90210, golf courses, or whomever wants to pay the market price. The federal govt. would probably subsidize the venture. Someone ('s) could get wealthy and suggest they are doing good things at the same time. I wonder about all of the crops grown there...... that must use a lot of water. Maybe they could start collecting rain water to water Beverly Hills, Bellaire, Hollywood, Palm Springs lawns.
    And to fill their water fountains.
  • Liberal
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    The US Airforce should just carpet bomb California. This isn't the CA I remember. We're not worthy of water. We've lost this state to hipsters and the kardashian way of thought....
  • Liberal
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    I lived in the Valley for a year when I was 13 (1956) it was both the best and worst experience of my life! I could be very happy in Northern CA but I won't even visit southern CA! Fortunately, one can live on wine, beer and avocados in CA and never touch a drop of water.
  • Independent
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    pgr Wrote: I lived in the Valley for a year when I was 13 (1956) it was both the best and worst experience of my life! I could be very happy in Northern CA but I won't even visit southern CA! Fortunately, one can live on wine, beer and avocados in CA and never touch a drop of water.
    Pgr, I guess not; you need water to grow avocado's, wine, beer etc. even to grow weed. L.A's suggestion to carpet bomb CA, won't work either, unless he's got a bomb shelter or moves. But the problem will likely be solved by a huge earthquake as predicted by scientists. Don't worry someone will find a solution and get rich.
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    I am sincerely enjoying all of your clever jokes ---- but then if I think of it for any length of time, it is really scarey. We could have massive deaths, & maybe the best scientists & environmentalists would be the first to die - the only ones who may be capable of saving us. Meanwhile many great scientists are off on their rocket to Mars, (on a one way trip) with no way back - & nothing is at stake except survival of the human species & all life forms on earth. // a bit of drama.\\.

    In the past, when people needed rain, they "seeded" the clouds --- some kind of chemical or substance they dropped from airplanes into the clouds, & in many cases it did produce Rain. Then the Indian Tribes used to do "rain dances" & they had some degree of success, according to legends. But what could produce enough Rain for such huge areas, & enough to make up for years of drought & lower water tables? Plus ever-growing populations of "thirsty" human beings.

    The right-winger Republican Religions (for some weird reason) do NOT believe in Global Warming. And they usually do NOT believe in the Christian Bible, either, which is really hard for most other Christians to fathom. Because there are many passages in the Bible which refer to the End Times, & how over 1/3 of creatures in the sea will die off. (Currently, ordinary pollution is causing that effect, with oil & pesticides doing most of the damage). But the Bible claims most of the sea creatures will perish & people will be dying from excessive heat, & lack of water. (This is Bible prophesy telling of Global Warming). Rev 16: 10)