THE GREAT CALIFORNIA DROUGHT

Posted: April 26, 2015 in Uncategorized
DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA
Climate Change is not Man-Made, the Great Drought is!

[Also see POST: Links & Sources on Hetch-Hetchy: The War!]

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GUARDIAN ANGEL OF HETCH-HETCHY, DEFEND US IN BATTLE!

Enviro-crazies trying to get court to tear down the dam that supplies San Francisco’s water

(American Thinker)  Greenies claim that it is “unreasonable” that the reservoir obstructs their scenic views of “aquatic birds, fish and other aquatic animals, and terrestrial species….

* * * https://i1.wp.com/palmranchid.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/california-drought-01.jpg(New Malones Reservoir: (via palmranchid.com)

Caused by Man in Sacramento, not by Mother Nature)

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OF COURSE, THE POSTINGS BELOW ARE MOSTLY BY VICTOR DAVID HANSON

What did you expect? The man lives here. He buried his grandfather here. He plows his fields here. If Sacramento can’t handle a Mr. Hanson, it deserves the cold moon beaming its brittle, unbegotten, stolen rays down on its parched patch of state.

Our posting of Mr. Hanson’s writings does not imply his support or approval of our Provocative Painting Project; nor does it comment on his personal belief in (or devotion to) the Guardian Angel of Hetch-Hetchy! Though, we (in our daily prayers) ask the Guardian Angel to protect Victor Davis, and his valiant work.

Yes, by posting and listing as we do, there’s repetition. That’s OK. It smacks of a teacher’s habit.

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A Tale of Four Droughts , Victor David Hanson (PJ Media)

California is not suffering one drought, but four. Each is a metaphor of what California has become. The first California drought, of course, is natural. We are now in the midst of a fourth year of record low levels of snow and rain [. . .]

A Tale Of Two Droughts , Victor Davis Hanson (Tribune Content Agency)

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Versailles in California   Victor Davis Hanson (PJ Media)

California is run from a sort of Pacific Versailles [1], an isolated coastal compound of elite rulers physically cut off from its interior peasantry. To understand how California works — or rather does not work — drive over the I-5 Grapevine [2] and gaze down at the brilliantly engineered artificial Pyramid Lake. Thanks to California water project deliveries, even in a third year of drought its level still fluctuates between 90 to 100% full — ensuring, along with its companion reservoirs, plentiful water for the Los Angeles-area municipalities for the next two years. The far distant watersheds and reservoirs that feed Pyramid Lake are about bone dry. The same disconnect is true of Crystal Springs Reservoir along the I-280 near San Francisco. The Sierra watershed that supplies the now 90%+full lake is drying up. But San Francisco will have an assured water supply from its manmade reservoirs for some time, even if the drought persists.

[ed.] Oh, Guardian of the Sierras, Sentinel Angel of Hetch-Hetchy, unchain your duty from your grief, muster your anger at those who wash human flourishing down the Delta, under the Golden Bridge, and out to sea – towing humankind past the Farallones coated under wailing, cawing flocks of mourning birds. Tens of thousands (men, women & unborn babes) have fallen in this 30-Year War of Religion between the Common California Man and the Orcs & Priests of Environmentalism the Religion. What-when-and who! Before the sun sets bloodily red on the Pacific, there will be a winner – and a loser.

https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5f/SE_Farallon_Island.jpg/284px-SE_Farallon_Island.jpg

(via Wikipedia)

Farallones Island outside the Golden Gate: Beyond which Sacramento wants to tow & washout human flourishing!

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The California Drought and the Ghost of Tom Joad, Christopher Carson (FrontPage)

How not to Handle a Water Crisis Elise Cooper (American Thinker) California’s current predicament is a textbook example of how government creates crises.

Environmentalism and Government Being Put .., Charles Cooke (National Review) Be  sure to read Charles’ latest piece on the worsening drought crisis in California over environmental protections over the delta smelt, a small ..

Market Pricing vs. Water ‘Shortages’, William F. Shughart II (American Thinker)

A hot water issue in the California drought discussion April 9, 2015 A California state assemblyman tells the big secret little known outside Sacramento.

Fish Instead of People, Ideologies without Consequences, Victor David Hanson (PJ Media)  California is a state run by dead souls who seek meaning in rather selfish lives, always at someone else’s expense.

The California Drought and the Free Market Michael L. Grable (American Thinker) Governor Moonbeam’s gang taking advantage of a half-contrived environmental crisis.

[ed] Well, calling Gov. Jerry Moonbeam may not advance the argument, but it tags the tragedy of California’s drought perfectly to the “t”: a cyclical imposition from nature aggravated by the State’s political elites refusal to prepare for it: building dam after dam after dam – rebuffing all attempts to store and shore up the blessings of the wet years. Patriarch Joseph, plead to the Lord for us that we may withstand the whipping lashes of our Post-Modernist pharaohs. We confess fault and responsibility for throne-installing the likes of Gov. Moonbeam in Sacramento. We exchanged our votes for the slithering, hissing of smooth words. As the author notes, Sacramento’s viper nest is now using the Great Drought Myth to coil its pleasure, suffocating the golden glory that was once California.

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The Scorching of California: How Green extremists made a bad drought worse, Victor Davis Hanson (City Journal)

In mid-December, the first large storms in three years drenched California. No one knows whether the rain and snow will continue—only that it must last for weeks if a record three-year drought, both natural and man-made, is to end. In the 1970s, coastal elites squelched California’s near-century-long commitment to building dams, reservoirs, and canals, even as the Golden State’s population ballooned. Court-ordered drainage of man-made lakes, meant . . . Not content with preventing construction of new water infrastructure, environmentalists reverse-engineered existing projects to divert precious water away from agriculture, privileging the needs of fish over the needs of people. Then they alleged that global warming, not their own foolish policies, had caused the current crisis.

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The Drought: California Apocalypto  (Victor David Hanson (PJ Media) The proverbial thin veneer of civilization has never been thinner in California, as if nature has conspired to create even greater chaos than what man here has already wrought. . .

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Exaggerations make CA drought seem worse than it is, James Poulos (City Journal)

Faced with fears of a permanent climate crisis, commentators monitoring California’s drought have been inadvertently led to spread erroneous claims about its severity. Although the state’s thirst for water has reached crisis levels, careful observers have made some gains in pointing out some of the most apocalyptic recent warnings were overblown.

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California’s Hydromania, Victor David Hanson (PJ Media)

Two events now characterize the California agrarian heartland, the richest and most productive farm belt in the world. One, of course, is the third year of drought. I refer here to nature’s lack of rain and snow. But also factor in the state’s additional man-made drought, through diversions of precious stored reservoir water from agriculture and community use to environmental causes that demand more river water must flow out to the sea. The state’s environmental fanatics over thirty years ago cancelled the critical tertiary phases of the California Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project. I guess those in the Bay Area whose lives rest on Hetch Hetchy [1] delivered reservoir water deemed reservoirs for all others passé and so 19th century [2]. The result is that a brilliantly engineered water transfer system — 80% of Californians live where 20% of the state’s rain and snow fall — designed to incrementally expand as population grew, became frozen in amber. We had a wonderful water storage system for 23 million people in 1980. But it proved completely inadequate for the 40 million plus of 2014, who assumed household and drinking water, irrigation supplies, and clean hydroelectric power came out of thin air [3]

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Mythologies and Pathologies of the California Drought, Victor Davis Hanson (PJ Media)

The third year of California drought has exposed all sorts of water fantasies. If in wet years they were implicit, now without rain or snow for nearly three years, they are all too explicit. Add them up. Take the Bay Area, Ground Zero of water environmentalism. From Mill Valley to San Jose is where most of the green activists are based who have demanded, even as the snowfalls and rains ceased, that reservoir storage waters be diverted to the sea to encourage the resurgence of the delta smelt and river salmon. The Bay Area’s various earlier lobbying groups long ago helped to cancel the final phases of the California State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, and now talk about reducing world carbon emissions rather than building more storage capacity to solve California’s water crisis.

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The Costs of the Environmentalism Cult, Bruce S. Thornton (FrontPage Magazine)

California is in the third year of a drought, but the problem isn’t a lack of water. The snowfall in the Sierra provides enough to help us ride out the years of drought. All we need to do is store it. But California hasn’t built a new dam in 35 years. Worse than that, every year we dump 1.6 million acre-feet of water––about enough to serve 3.2 million families for a year––into the Pacific Ocean in order to protect an allegedly “endangered” 3-inch bait-fish called the Delta smelt. California’s $45 billion agricultural industry, a global breadbasket that produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables, is set to take a huge hit, with hundreds of thousands of acres left fallow and the San Joaquin Valley region’s already sky-high 17% unemployment destined to increase.

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FROM CITY JOURNAL

 

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Fish Instead of People, Ideologies without Consequences , Victor Davis Hanson  (PJ Media) If only people had to live in the world that they dreamed of for others.  Endangered species everywhere are supposed to be at risk — except birds of prey shredded by wind turbine farms, or reptilian habitats harmed by massive solar farmsHigh-speed rail is great for utopian visionaries — except don’t dare start it in the Bay Area, when there are yokels aplenty down in Hanford to experiment on. Let’s raise power bills to the highest levels in the country with all sorts of green mandates — given that we live in 70-degree year-round temperatures, while “they” who are stupid enough to dwell in 105-degree Bakersfield deserve the resulting high power bills. We need cheap labor, open

Let’s Save California Now! , Victor Davis Hanson ( PJ Media)   Just a handful of legislative acts might still save California. Here are 12 brief examples: You see, there are solutions!

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RELATED

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EVEN POPE FRANCIS IS GETTING THIS ALL WRONG.  SO SAD!

[Also see POST on Environmentalism the Religion]  There, we put Pope Francis on the hot seat – St. Peter’s, no less)

NOTES ON AN IDOL

Maureen Mullarkey   (First Things)  

Growing mightily all the while is the cult of environmentalism, a burgeoning state religion summarized in the catechism of sustainable development. It is the ascendant idol of our time, as magnetic—and totalizing—as the Leninist-Stalinist doctrines were to Milosz’ contemporaries….. There is little need to wait for the climate encyclical to know which way this trolley is headed. On its website, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences announces an April 28th conference: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: the Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity.

  1. Sustainable Development Conference Speaker Called for 90% Reduction of World Population (LifeSite)

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 MORE ON CALIFORNIA FROM VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

Superbly Toned. Pitch-Perfect.

  • Reading Among the Ruins(PJ Media) I have been reading both new and classic books this week among the ruins (see photos below). Martin Anderson, now almost in his 90th year, has written a fascinating memoir about fashioning a cattle and big-game preservation ranch in Africa: Galana: Elephant, Game Domestication, and Cattle on a Kenya Ranch. At one time Galana was believed to have been the largest single ranching operation in Africa, and one encouraged by the Kenyan government to be a model of tourism, cattle production, and wildlife protection.Galana is an analytical but also personal memoir about what Africa was like in its once hopeful and immediate postcolonial phase, and how Martin Anderson in his late thirties came to the Kenyan wild in 1960, when most Westerners were leaving, often for understandable reasons. . . . Speaking of the bush and the wild, as I was finishing rereading Galana last evening, I got a call from my son about a truck speeding out of the family vineyard alleyway across the road. Yes, I know, reader — same old, same old:  The miscreants had already dumped their trash: chemical drums, paints, solvents, oils, concrete, tires, garbage, and lots of broken fluorescent glass tubes — something a bit worse than the usual toxic brew that is left on San Joaquin Valley property.
  • The Myth of a California Renaissance (NRO) Are the recent raves about a new California renaissance true? Rolling Stone magazine just gushed that California governor Jerry Brown has brought the state back from the brink of “double-digit unemployment, a $26 billion deficit and an accumulated ‘wall of debt’ topping $35 billion.”Unfortunately, California still faces existential crises.
  • The Great California Land Rush (PJ Media) Boom or Bust? I have lived on the same farm for 59 years and seen at least three boom-and-bust farm cycles — one in the late 1960s, another in the early 1980s, and a third right now.
  • Krugman’s California Dreaming(NRO) It is rare, even in the case of Paul Krugman, to read a column in which almost everything that is stated is either wrong or deliberately misleading. But his recent take on California’s renaissance is pure fantasy.
  • Five Days of Hope and Despair (PJ Media) Brief travel log of five days amid 21st-century California.
  • The California Mordida (Tribune Media Services)  California now works on the principle of the mordida, or “bite.” Its government assumes that it can take something extra from residents for the privilege of living in their special state.
  • Beautifully Medieval California  (PJ Media) Gates Close at Dusk: At about dusk, I close two large metal gates to my driveways. The security lights come on, and I enjoy intramural life.
  • It’s a Mad, Mad World (NRO)Dorner Debacle:It is hard to remember worse coverage of a catastrophe than what we are given about the ex-cop Christopher Dorner’s murdering rampage. Some reprehensible pundits, ever so easily, fall into blaming LAPD and its “history of racism,” in a sorta, kinda contextualizing of Dorner’s brutal killing of innocents by the specter of Rodney King.
  • California at Twiligh(PJ Media) We keep trying to understand the enigma of California, mostly why it still breathes for a while longer, given the efforts to destroy the sources of its success. Let’s try to navigate through its sociology and politics to grasp why something that should not survive is surviving quite well — at least in some places.
  • It’s Hard to Screw Up California–But We Try Our Best(NRO) There is a sort of upbeat New York Timesarticle arguing that California — in part, thanks to passing the highest sales and income taxes in the nation — might be coming back, a sort of recovery that can guide the rest of the US to a renewed faith in the Obama/EU/blue-state way.

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