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Shipping Water to China Amidst Drought

Herb175 Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 5:31 PM
One little problem with this article. It isn't completely true. A large protion of the SoCal farmers get their water from the Sacramento river. Evidenced by how many crops failed when the judge cut off the water because of some tiny little fish. It also fails to mention that without the exports to China, the farmers would be going broke because of an excess in the crop, and no market here. It also leaves out the fact that without the water restrictions to homes, there were people letting gallons of water run down the storm drain because they were too lazy to go turn ff the water on the lawn. Changing the rules is a good idea, including charging what the water actually costs, but misrepresenting the facts is not.

A recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal describes what happens in an industry that suffers from a plethora of subsidies and a dearth of free markets. Water experts Peter Culp and Robert Glennon write:

In 2012, the drought-stricken Western United States will ship more than 50 billion gallons of water to China. This water will leave the country embedded in alfalfa–most of it grown in California–and is destined to feed Chinese cows. The strange situation illustrates what is wrong about how we think, or rather don’t think, about water policy in the U.S.

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