As you may or may not know, Las Vegas is my favorite place on Earth. I have been watching with great interest the water levels in the magnificent Lake Mead as well as the health of the Colorado River. Integral in this conversation are the proponents of man-made, or Anthropogenic Climate Change (ACC). These proponents maintain that the falling levels of Lake Meade, along with the “horrible” drought out West are telltale signs than ACC is hard at work destroying our planet.
I of course, for a variety of sound scientific principles find ACC to be nothing more than a fetish. Understand, this in no way implies that I am not a proponent of better conservation techniques for our precious resource. However, once the hysteria of ACC is put aside what we come to see is that the problems America is having with water are of our own doing.
When we insist on developing areas with known and limited water supplies, it is moronic to blame water shortages on anything but our own irresponsible planning. California had to discharge billions of gallons of fresh water because they did not have adequate storage to catch and hold all the rain and snow that Mother Nature provided over the past 18 months. Whose fault is that?
But hey, don’t let me confuse the issue with facts and science. Let the USGS do it, because according to them, Lake Mead is almost 10 feet higher than it was this time last year. Also, if you look at the “horrible” drought supposedly caused by ACC, you will see that save for some small areas in Florida, the US is not suffering from drought.
Earth delivers rain on its own schedule, not ours. Rain has always been sporadic across the world. Shame on us if we don’t plan ahead and build collection and storage capacity to meet our known, increasing needs.