NaturalNews, Saturday, August 02, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
A shocking 58 percent of the state of California is now in a state of “exceptional drought,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. (1)
“The drought’s incredible three-year duration has nearly depleted both the state’s topsoil moisture and subsoil moisture reserves, according to Brad Rippey of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who wrote the Drought Monitor report,” reports the Washington Post. (2)
All the usual measures are being taken to try to soften the impact of the drought: The Governor has declared a state of emergency, strict water conservation efforts are already in force, neighborhood “water cops” hand out stiff fines for excessive water usage, and people are scrambling to cut water consumption in every way possible.
These efforts, however, will not be enough. The simple, inescapable fact is that much of California is simply not sustainably inhabitable with the population densities it currently hosts. Los Angeles, in particular, is a city built in a desert and almost entirely dependent on imported water supplies for its survival.
1,140 golf courses stand as symbols of a society living in abject denial
California is a wonderful place full of amazing and fun people, but the “California lifestyle” pursued there flat-out isn’t supportable by the climate of the region. For example, California currently hosts 1,140 golf courses. (3) Golf courses are perhaps the perfect symbol of the level of shameful denial under which so many of us Americans now live when it comes to sustainability.
Golf courses use ridiculously excessive volumes of water to create an artificial “green” playing field in the middle of dry, arid regions. While golf is a wonderful sport and a healthy way for many people to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air, the presence of massive green lawns in the middle of near-desert regions should cause any thinking person to ask, “What’s wrong with this picture?”
I do understand that golf courses practice drought conservation techniques, and they are trying to use less water. But from an environmental perspective, they shouldn’t have ever been built in most of these regions in the first place. Their very existence is a glaring declaration that “humans are idiots” when it comes to thinking long term.
California farmers are pumping away their water future
The extreme drought taking place right now is also forcing California ranchers to accelerate their siphoning of water from underground aquifers, sharply reducing the amount of water remaining in those aquifers.
This is literally the “pumping away” of your own agricultural future. Today, California produces a surprisingly high percentage of the food for America; but that production is already plummeting during this drought, and production is almost certain to collapse over the long haul as drought conditions persist.