ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

Future Edition

From the LA Times:

Glimpses of California’s water future:

A sprawl of sewage treatment plants, recharge basins and desalination facilities, stretching out across an industrial backlot near Rancho Cucamonga. [which is 50 miles from the ocean]

A collection of slender, solar-powered telemetry towers rising from an almond orchard in the San Joaquin Valley to bring high-tech efficiency to irrigation.

And, at a university research station near Irvine, three Potemkin Village-like suburban houses in a row, offering a new vision of the traditional lawn.

wait… Potemkin Villages? in Kleptofornia?

naaaaah.

Mindful that only nature can whip a drought, those who study and manage water in California are focused not on the current epic, but on better preparing the state for the next drought, and the drought after that, and the drought after that.

again, wait… “only nature can whip a drought”? Silly me — *I* thought that was the point of human ingenuity: surviving in the face of Mother Nature who tries – mindlessly – to kill us off every single day?

Fire. Clothing. Shelter. The wheel. … Dams to save water for hard times. I realize it’s an ancient technology, without opportunity to make off with ginormous piles of loose funds like during the Tech Bubble, but it works.

Historically dams save lives, businesses, industries and economies.

Desalination plants get shot down by the eco-freaks who are uncoooomfortable with the use of Energy. Lightbulb-levels of energy. Desalination uses industrial levels of Energy. Boooooooo.

“If California is going to have 50 million people,” Gov. Jerry Brown has said, “they’re not going to live the same way the native people lived, much less the way people do today. … You have to find a more elegant way of relating to material things. You have to use them with greater sensitivity and sophistication.”

*facepalm*

Here’s the key to the .gov approach — they did it with electric power, they’ll do it with water:

…What it needed was to manage demand, to conserve, …

“People always tend to focus on the supply side, … But the demand side of the equation is equally powerful.”

Yepperz.

Here's your weekly allotment. Use it well.

21 Comments!

  1. Paul Moore
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 9:01 am |

    My weekly allotment- of vodka?
    It is to laugh, Comrade!

  2. mech
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 9:23 am |

    Do you know how many allotments of water it takes to make one allotment of vodka?

    Occam’s hatchet says use New generation Nuclear technology (idiot proof) to run the massive desalination plants. Also to run the pumps for the melting glaciers towed from the arctic. Not to mention the huge fresh water aquifers apparently sitting under the continental shelf. What fresh, disruptive technology is needed for these? None.

    Considering bottled water already costs more than gasoline per gallon, the cost of these measures shouldn’t be a hardship. What if they diverted funds from the train to nowhere to an Apollo sized program to hydrate Kalifornia?
    The inversion layer is the limit!

  3. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 9:42 am |

    When you depend on the gummint for the supply side,
    it will eventually control the demand side, too.
    Gummint will, as a consequence of its very nature, eventually ignore the hard-to-do supply side and try to manage the easier-to-do demand side.

    Big Dams was a product of the justification for Big Gov’t (and to fight a war) back when Progs believed in actual progress. Now, with the re-definition of “progress,” they don’t give a … hoot about old-tech.
    Now, Progs propose huge Big Gov’t projects to do something other than build olde tyme icky-tech dams. Something, you know, high-tech, pie-in-the-sky, and shinyyy.

    Commercial desalination would be a likely move, if it weren’t for gummint’s inevitable urge to control competition by imposing barriers to entry (i.e. protecting established concerns with their campaign contributors — crony capitalism).

  4. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 10:24 am |

    Hey, I know!
    Go ask Israel.
    They depend on desalination.

    Or you could ask me.
    I depended on a reverse-osmosis-generated water supply powered by solar panels on my boat for three years after I retired. (Here’s a picture of me making drinking water.)

  5. Ironic in Denver
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 10:33 am |

    ^ 3: Gumming will, as a consequence of its very nature, eventually ignore the hard-to-do supply side and try to manage the easier-to-do demand side.

    “If California is going to have 50 million people,” Gov. Jerry Brown has said, “they’re not going to live … the way people do today.”

    Amazing! Doug and Jerry on the same page… sorta.

  6. Ironic in Denver
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 10:50 am |

    The next drought: Water officials endorse a ‘less is more’ strategy for the future.

    How about this: Dem officials endorse a ‘less illegal recently documented non-citizens is more water for actual citizens’ strategy for the future?

    Or do they really think that the Leftist Elite will continue the peaceable enjoyment of their lush, palatial enclaves when millions of waterless minorities majorities have regular water riots?

    Will the well-watered elite be in favor of “hands up, don’t shoot” when the unwashed* masses are climbing over the walls said elite were all in favor of building around their own palaces?

    Okay, enough radical popularism for one day.

    * pun/irony intended

  7. mech
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 11:24 am |

    Are they going to start genetically engineering the residents to not need as much water? Or will government issued still suits become the norm?

  8. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm |

    IinD ^6
    Illegals, BYO water.
    I cite the precedent of the Chilkoot Pass.

  9. mojo
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm |

    Jerry is out of his fuckin’ mind.

    Look, just tell the greenies to go piss up a rope and build some damn dams in LA, willya? And a few more in the Sierra couldn’t hurt.

  10. Deaf Smith
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm |

    Kalinfornia is going NATIVE!

    Yep, back to the days of wigwam, tee-pees, and fake deer skins.

    Of course the politicians will still have air conditioning, mansions, yachts, etc.. but the, you know, people, will just have to go native.

    Gosh darn nitwits.

  11. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm |

    ^days of wigwam, tee-pees
    Yeah, no water, so wig yer wam, pee in a cup, make tee, Yannow, the Natives called it peetee and the White Man has had it backward for two hundred years. All along we thought they were talking about lodging.

  12. Ironic in Denver
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm |

    I see a lot of references here to Natives, so for the dry, thirsty, or out of cash, how about a rain dance?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llfNRGQ7Tlg

  13. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm |

    ^ Yeah, a rain dance.
    Reckon they ought’a fergit about the EPA or Corps of Engineers dealin’ with the drought and bring in the National Endowment for the Arts?

  14. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 7:00 am |

    There are some things that need to be needlepointed on a pillow or engraved on stone or *something* to keep the idea firmly in minds. This is one:

    When you depend on the gummint for the supply side,
    it will eventually control the demand side, too.
    –DM

  15. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 9:15 am |

    ^Chisel that on Mt. Rushmore and change the HOLLYWOOD sign to say that.

  16. geezerette
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 11:29 am |

    Your weekly allotment. Use it well— lets see — if it were vodka we’d definatly lead to demanding more—- or one vodka but stinky parts? What evah would ah choose?????

  17. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm |

    Claire ^14
    Wow, needlepointed.
    That’s … that’s a kind of immortality.
    Thanks

  18. mech
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm |

    ^Kinda like being permanently appointed to Grandma’s sofa (or is it davenport?)?

  19. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 9:43 pm |

    *I* ain’t yer grandma, Sonny…

  20. mech
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 7:47 am |

    ^ D’oh, just thinking a few decades down the road. Uh, was thinking in the generic “where I’ve seen needlepoint pillows before”. . .

    * keeps digging back to that left turn back in Albuquerque*

  21. Tranplanr
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 8:26 am |

    “Mindful that only nature can whip a drought…” – What part of ‘you live in a freaking desert’ don’t these people understand?