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California Is Becoming a Dust Bowl

Here are several columns by Victor Davis Hanson that make good reading for your July 4th weekend.

Jul 03, 2015

California Is Becoming a Dust Bowl

Last December, the first large storms in three years drenched California, offering hope that plentiful rain and snow would bring the state’s record drought, both natural and man-made, to an end.

But that hope was in vain. Now, amid a fourth year of drought, canal water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park still keeps Silicon Valley and the rest of the Bay Area a verdant oasis.      

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California: Running On Empty
The air in the San Joaquin Valley this late-June is, of course, hot and dry, but also dustier and more full of particulates than usual. This year a strange flu reached epidemic proportions. I say strange, because after the initial viral symptoms subsided, one’s cough still lingered for weeks and even months. Antibiotics did not seem to faze it. Allergy clinics were full. Almost every valley resident notices that when orchards and vineyards are less watered, when row cropland lies fallow, when lawns die and blow away, when highway landscaping dries up, nature takes over and the air becomes even filthier. Green elites lecture that agriculture is unnatural, without any idea why pre-civilized, pre-irrigated, and “natural” California was an empty place, whose dry, hazy climate and dusty winds made life almost impossible. The state is running on empty.
Read More From PJ Media

California's woes are America's woes, says Victor Davis Hansen:  “California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years.  The state is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet California has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state's storage reserves — a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits and protests.Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam's construction, its politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passé. So the parched state now prays for rain and snow rather than building reservoirs to ensure that the next drought won't shut down the state. ... ”  Continue reading at the San Jose Mercury News here:  California’s woes are America’s woes

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