Re: “Conservation among keys to coping with water woes” by Mike Stark, AP Writer, Salt Lake City, Utah
In a recent Salt Lake Tribune piece, The West is hurtling toward a water crisis; www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_11417265: “Overpopulation will be the major factor in the destruction of Utah, the second driest state with the fastest growth rate with the highest birthrate.” Spokesman Bernard DeVoto said, "The future of the West hinges on whether it can defend itself against itself."
Last weekend, Colorado Governor Ritter attended the Western Governors’ Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He said, “"Conservation has to become an ethic in the West."
Ritter might better have said, “Squander as much water as possible…waste it, misuse it, fritter it away, lavish it and consume it.”
Why? No matter how much we conserve, all those governors encourage population growth. And, they get it! Utah expects to add two million people in the next 30 years. Colorado expects another three to four million. California, the mother of water crises states, expects to add 20 million in three decades.
Therefore, our water crisis will become worse, not better. It’s smarter to make it worse now before
millions more add to the crisis. By
then, we won’t be able to solve it.
It might have been an old Clint Eastwood movie where he said, “Whiskey's for drinkin' and water's for fightin' over.”
While hyper-population growth drives all our state and national problems, not one single governor will offer sage advice such as, “Maybe we need to look at stabilizing our population in order to live within the carrying capacity of the land!”
Mike Stark said, “Only these days, there are more people with a stake in the water fight and a dwindling supply to go around. Quenching the growing demand for water in the warming West will require a bigger push for conservation, innovative technology and a rethinking of supply and demand.”
"As governors and premiers of the West, we're all challenged by this," said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.
"Water is connected to all those things," said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, an environmental think tank based in Oakland, California.
Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute said, “There's evidence of intensified water disputes, ecosystem collapse in some places and a population growth that's driving a sometimes-fractured water management system. States can no longer rely on simply building more storage capacity, which can be expensive and "politically challenging," he said. The West needs to consider other supply options such as rainwater, use of treated wastewater and desalination plants.”
"The bad news is there's no silver bullet," said Miell, who advocated for more information gathering and sharing among resource managers.
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the incoming WGA chairman, said, “Water needs to be better measured, moved more efficiently and conserved on a larger scale.”
· The governors approved several resolutions Sunday, including one calling for a national policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
· Sunday's main discussion, which included Canadian officials and experts from the Middle East and Australia, focused on managing water amid changing climate conditions.
What do you suppose all the governors failed to address during their conference? What would be the ultimate and only solution that would work in the short and long run?
Answer: they failed to mention anything about stabilizing human population to live within the carrying capacity of the land.
Therefore, instead conserving water that will create worse problems when that projected four or five million more people manifests in Colorado, start wasting it!
· Use as much water and waste as much as possible at all times.
· Take a half hour shower!
· Let the water run when you brush your teeth.
· Water your lawn every day of the week.
· Build 1,000 more golf courses in Colorado.
· Build more subdivisions with 100,000 water taps.
· Wash your car twice a day.
· Put a swimming pool in every back yard.
· Build 100 more ski resorts with snow making machines.
· Build water sprinklers from Denver to the Kansas Border.
· Keep the Great Plains green!
· Build water slides on Independence, Berthoud, Vail, Freemont, Tennessee and Loveland Passes.
Let’s use as much water and waste as much water as possible. Why? Because that would create the water crisis that will happen anyway—sooner, quicker and faster! That would make them get real about what we face instead of passing it off to future generations.
Call Governor Ritter up at 303 866 2471 and give him a piece of your mind. Tell him to promote wasting as much water as possible so we can deal with our overpopulation crisis now rather than later when another four to five million people live in Colorado.
New water ethic for the West: “Waste it, squander it and misuse water as much as possible. You will create the coming crisis sooner before another added five million people will make it unsolvable!”
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That movie will explain everything I write about!
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Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com