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    Asinus Asinum Fricat, lemming22

    Los Angeles is a desert turned to a garden at the expense of draining the Colorado River (and many others, some a half-continent away). Of course that creates other deserts downstream. But in LA, they grow rice in acres of shallow water, evaporating in the plentiful sunshine. LA can do so because its political power allows it to defy economics, to steal water from elsewhere that it might have been managed more efficiently. Because LA is rich enough to buy the means to get water cheap, even when that water really isn't.

    I single out LA only because it's obvious and a prominent symbol of waste and tragic, self-indulgent decadence. There are surely farms all over the country, all over the world, that waste water vastly greater than necessary to the net production it's used for. And not just factory farms, but all kinds of industrial production that treats water like it grows on trees.

    Well, it doesn't. Trees grow on it. While rice desert paddies and other profligate waste grows on rigged markets and stolen resources, defying sensible planning. Maybe if we could reengineer our water infrastructure to reflect proper water market management, we might have enough to go around.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 02:29:33 PM PDT

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