Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, Lisa, of course Republicans can make it snow in the Sierra Nevada, and end droughts elsewhere in the state, with a stroke of your pen.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    The Democrats there will just do what they always do: Announce an Emergency Tax!

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    In the early 70’s Scientific American published a study that predicted the situation that now exists and has existed in California. Although California has extended considerable effort to maintain an adequate water supply, those efforts don’t come until after the demand for water far exceeds their current capability to supply same.

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    So the Republicans are looking to use federal law circumvent state law in allowing more water to be pumped from the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta.

    Let’s aside the fact that this goes against the state’s rights Republicans often claim they want to protect. CA is in the middle of a nasty drought. If they pump more water out of the delta than is coming in, what happens then? They can pump it dry, but they’d still be hungry for more. Then what?

    The words “conservative” and “conservation” have the same root word: conserve. Republicans say they believe in not spending more money than they take in. Why do they not apply that to water? Don’t use more water than can be replaced. If there’s a drought, conserve as much water as you can. That is the conservative thing to do.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    @dtroutma

    I don’t know trout. Seems to me there is plenty of snow …………

    But then I can not tell from this map if your mountains are included (bad eyes even with glasses)

    http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/3d_usa_snow_02-07-14.jpg

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    A lot of cruel people posting pleasure that our neighbors in California are having problems. Last Cmas, I had the chance to drive through a large swath of where our food comes from and watching workers going through elaborate measures to water plants while preventing as much evaporation as possible. We also drove past a reservoir where the lake was over one hundred feet below the lip of the reservoir and even the fish walk was above the water.
    Many are probably tired of my harping about the need for a water management pipeline that will take water from areas experiencing floods to areas in need of water, as well as my belief of a need for desalination plants for times when floods are not providing enough water. Brine seems to have some use or that brine mining operation in Louisiana wouldn’t have destroyed that bayou down there.
    The good news, according to a weather report I saw yesterday, is a phenomena called the “Pineapple Express” that is going to bring rain and snow from Hawaii to our parched neighbors in CA, though it is unlikely to be enough.
    A major aquifer in the western USA, used for agriculture and communities, is being drained at a faster rate than expected, and as the water is removed, a hollow place with nothing to press at the sides will grow increasing the chance and consequences of earthquakes.
    It is easy for people to gloat when others are facing hardships. It is also cruel and mean spirited to do so. It is un Christian, (probably violates other principles of other religions) and un American.
    We need to work together as neighbors in order to make this nation as great as we believe it can be, and has been. Our history is rife with mistakes, but in that history, we have shown we can be our best selves when things are at their worst.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  7. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    If you live in California my advice is… Buy luggage!
    .
    California brought much of this drought problem on themselves. For decades California used surplus water from the Colorado River to supply the Southern part of the state. Arizona, Nevada, and tribal use has ended that.
    That created a huge shortage because California’s government did NOTHING to create their own water storage systems being complacent and short-sighted.
    Then the Greentards came along and got California to remove many dams on rivers that. That lowered storage capacity often to nil. On the same thread the Greentards have fought against reservoirs and artificial lakes meaning no cushion if there was a drought.
    So, today we find you can water your lawn in Phoenix and fill your swimming pool, wash your car in the driveway, and pay a reasonable price for water. In California you can’t do any of that.
    California was and is run by the same sort of morons that drove places like Detroit into the ground.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    As a Floridian and in the top ten food producing states (number 10 but hey) which provide over 50% of the food consumed in our land, I can’t help but think that if number one (CA) falls by the wayside, will that move MY state up in ability to provide jobs in agriculture? Selfish, I know, but I HAD the thought …..

    Then I did some more thinking and found that money wise CA reaps about 13% – more or less – of the profit from food sales and THAT is where they are number one.

    Further, the US is a NET EXPORTER of food. So, how much of that production and sale of food is garnered from exports?

    But numero uno IS numero uno.

    Conservation is the way to go. One of the thing a “conservative” supports. It’s why I have solar panels, a hybrid car, a catch and release habit and a back yard garden and a reclaimed water system for all irrigation along with rain barrels, a computer run A/C and so on. Conservation rocks.

    I hope that CA manages to address and rectify all their problems in the near future. I do not think that the political landscape will help in that endeavor.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Most of California, especially the “agricultural sections” IS DESERT! The groundwater couldn’t begin to sustain the use, so decades ago, the City guys in L.A. made a deal to steal all the water from Owens Valley, then the Colorado River, then Feather, Sacramento, and all other river systems were diverted.


    When the Spanish arrived, the native tribes called what is now the Los Angeles basin, because of inversions, and wild fires common in the chaparral, and even up into the mountains.


    California has LONG had some of the worst land use, and water use policies, IN THE WORLD, not just the U.S. Copying that idiocy has done huge damage in many areas, and the “politics” of that ridiculous excuse for “planning” IS a large part of the problem from all “parties” over time.


    The Sun Belt across the U.S. has done everything stupid they possibly could with regard to water, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas have all developed large population dependency on non-sustainable water policy, and the war has just begun.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    A line disappeared, the natives in “Los Angeles” called the area, “The smokey place”. They also had lots of grizzly bears, the last on in the state killed in 1922. So much for the “Bear Flag Republic” and “conservation” of resources.

  11. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago

    Those low flow toilets were always a joke. You have to flush 3 or 4 times to get them to work and end up using MORE water rather than saving any. The shower heads are also ridiculous. It’s like trying to get wet with a spritzer bottle. When I had the misfortune to live in CA for a time they installed one in my apartment…and after experiencing how absurd it was it was quickly swapped out for a decent shower head. Maybe if CA quick wasting money on boosting union pensions and benefits and absurdities like their “high” (their new idea is no longer high speed as the law calls for) speed rail, and quite wasting water on trying to save that silly delta smelt fish, they might have something to put toward practicalities.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    A two-stage toilet, like in New Zealand required, #1 for #1 and #2 for #2 is far more efficient, and effective. Low flow shower heads if properly designed, aren’t so problematic.

  13. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    “I am still anxiously awaiting the great earthquake…(in California)”

    Don’t forget there are two more left-coast states (Oregon and Washington) who are threatened with what locals call “The Big 9.0”…and it can happen at Any Time… And there is a big drouth in both states. Additionally, the states’ largest cities are blue while the rest of the states’ towns and ranches and such are red. They are never given the opportunity to have their drought problems aired or paid attention to… ;)

  14. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    @Enoki

    Re. CA and PHX using water. They are (PHX) in the middle of a Desert for crying out loud! People Do do all those things…but that will soon come to an inglorious end as PHX doesn’t have all that much water for the golf courses =-O But, of course, all of the oldies but goodies will take care of that little problem… ;)

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