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Shipping Water to China Amidst Drought

Pat1859 Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 8:17 PM
This isn't much more ridiculous than cutting off the water to Central Calfiornia farmers because of a small fish. Not only have our prodce prices raised, the unemployment and down economy of that area has raised and so our tax dollars are going to help the unemployed. Aren't people just a little more important than a fish?

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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