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Hook, Line & Sinker!

Maybe many Californians are so new to the state that they are under the illusion that we used to get a lot of rain in the Central and Southern parts of the state.

Dec 09, 2019

It looks like California politicians have done a pretty good job of convincing the people of our state that problems they mostly created with bad decisions are really out of their control.  According to the L.A. Times article below, "Pummeled by fires, drought and floods, California’s Democratic primary voters put fighting climate change at the top of their list of issues for the next president to tackle."

Instead of putting the task of fixing California on the next president, California voters would do better to elect political leaders who can make better decisions on how to manage water through our very regular droughts, and how to better manage our forests so we don't have such catastrophic fires.

Maybe many Californians are so new to the state that they are under the illusion that we used to get a lot of rain in the Central and Southern parts of the state.  California, in reality gets one or two good rain years out of every seven or eight.  Nothing about global warming has made it any different that it has been as long as anyone can remember.  We're not denying that climate changes, we know that it has and will again, but the weather pattern we see in California when it comes to rain and snow is just about the same as it's always been.

The weather pattern we're talking about is the reason so many people advocate for more storage, so that we can save the water from the wet years for the dry years.  It's why we built the current water delivery system we have to deliver water from the wetter parts of the state to the dryer.  

The reason droughts are more severe now than before isn't because of any climate change, but because in changes to the human-made decisions in the water delivery system, where we send more water to the ocean instead of to people and farms.  

Meanwhile, there are also a lot more people since we built any new storage.  But, politicians will tell you otherwise, and it looks like they've sold it to the people of California hook, line and sinker.

The same is true with the fires.  Environmentalists advocated for leaving forests alone because it was more natural, and we did so for almost the last century.  They're overgrown and dangerous.  They were mismanaged by the hand of decision-making people, not by the hand of God.  Humans also mismanaged PG&E which sparked the fires in these forest tinderboxes.  

The Public Utilities Commission was supposed to oversee PG&E to make sure they were doing what they were supposed to do, but didn't do their job.  Again, humans making bad decisions that led to the fires which the politicians blamed on global warming.  And it looks like Californians have bought that one hook, line and sinker as well.  

Hit by fires and droughts, California voters call climate change their top priority

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