having two bank accounts with money for your everyday needs, only one
of them – the one you draw from when the primary account runs low –
is a virtual black box. You really have no idea what the balance is,
and there is no record of deposits and withdrawals.
is how water is managed in California,
with 38mn people and the world’s eighth largest economy. In years
of “normal” precipitation, the semi-arid state gets most of its
water supply from winter rain and spring snowmelt. However, when this
“primary account” of surface water supply dwindles during
droughts, farms and communities rely heavily on a mystery account
called groundwater, which truly is out of sight and, unfortunately,
out of mind.
people have information about the underground stores that provide up
to 60% of the state’s water supply during droughts, including water
to about 600,000 relatively shallow domestic wells, located mostly in
records that provide information needed to characterize groundwater
aquifers are kept confidential under a 64-year-old law that considers
them proprietary to well drillers. Known as well logs, the records
contain data that is public in every other western state – details
such as where wells are located, their depth, potential pumping
rates, diameter and descriptions of the groundwater-bearing sediments
and rocks they are bored through…”
out of California while you still can! It will be America’s first
“failed State” very, very soon. I
am talking to all my CollapseNet friends, family and subscribers
here, and I mean every word.Thirty-nine
million people surrounded by hundreds of miles of mostly
uninhabitable desert…think on that for a while, but not too long.
Get your plans in place and put them in action, because this is very
real and it is happening right now, albeit in what appears to be
slow-motion. That will change faster every week that goes past.
you live in California, especially in SoCal, you need to pack your
shit and move while there are still enough idiots left to buy your
love California, but its fate cannot be more clear. The entire
continent and world economy WILL be impacted hard by California’s
drawdown (or die-off, if you prefer), but if you live there right
now, this is a matter of imminent survival within the coming months.
will be the world’s most massive demonstration of climate refugees,
occurring in the wealthiest and most industrialized nation, but one
that STILL HAS NO MEANS to absorb even a significant fraction of the
people who are and will be displaced by Liebig’s
Law of the Minimum (here,
water) from California in the immediate future.
Nature always bats last, hits hardest, and win.
have a better plan than to GTFO? Your government doesn’t have one,
that’s for certain… -
uses 80% of the water in California but accounts for less than 2% of
the economy. So how much water does almond production alone use? More
water is used in almond production than is used by all the residents
and businesses of San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.
important to note that California produces a huge chunk of the
produce consumed in the United States. Presumably having food on the
table is vastly more important to society than it would seem if you
just look at it from a percentage-of-the-economy perspective.
what about the almonds in particular? It takes a disproportionate
amount of water to grow them versus other crops…”
Just as we are getting ready to say “goodbye” to the fish, here
goes another staple for us folks with food allergies.
to mention the gigantic freaking canary that is dead on our living
room floor, staring at us with rotting eyes… - Wes