Just when you thought California had seen the light…
You see that some still have their blinders on…
According to the city parks director, there was no way to foresee this.
“You can never predict a drought,” Dublin parks director Paul McCreary told KPIX 5.
Really? You can’t refer to history as a guide? I’ll even link to a pro-global warming source that agrees.
“During the medieval period, there was over a century of drought in the Southwest and California. The past repeats itself,” says Ingram, who is co-author of The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climate Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow. Indeed, Ingram believes the 20th century may have been a wet anomaly.
“None of this should be a surprise to anybody,” agrees Celeste Cantu, general manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. “California is acting like California, and most of California is arid.” (Related: “Behind California’s January Wildfires: Dry Conditions, Stubborn Weather Pattern.“)
No surprises if you’re paying attention. But the city director says they are plowing ahead come hell or high water.
But the city said they have signed contracts to begin construction this week, with completion coming in 2017, drought or no drought.
“When we finish the project and it’s still in a drought and we can’t fill the pools, we’ll address it at that point in time. But we are moving forward with the project as planned,” McCreary said.
We arrive at the crux of the issue. Big government at work. The city signed the contracts so they must execute them regardless of the drought which was entirely predictable. Now we’ll see if the local press continues its due diligence and tracks down the payoffs between the city director and the contractors. The city could have inserted an opt-out clause for any number of reasons. That would have likely made the contractor bids higher to protect themselves but it’s more fiscally responsible to for the city to not be locked in and find themselves in the position they are now in. Unless the city director was getting paid off to do so…just saying.
This is just one small example of the battles yet to come as California will see residents and small business pitted against big business in the fight over water resources.
Wars over oil have raged for decades. Wars over water have the potential to be far worse as the food supply is so dependent and the world population continues to march forward. You have to think it’s a completely solvable problem however. A combination of desalination, conservation and recycling of the world’s largest resource seems hardly beyond human capability. That doesn’t mean we won’t kill each other over it in the process. Control of fuel supplies and prices was and still is very valuable. Control of fresh water is potentially worth far more.