Saturday, March 24, 2012
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul - Vegas Style
From the "how f__king stupid can they get?" file. Las Vegas is fast running out of water. The city fears it may not even have drinking water next year. Its reservoir, Lake Mead, is already at dangerously low levels.
So, what to do? The answer is to pump massive volumes of water from distant parts of Nevada across three hundred miles of desert to Las Vegas.
Environmental groups, cattle ranchers and native groups from eastern Nevada have joined forces to oppose the decision. They maintain there is no unappropriated water available in the targeted areas.
Bizarre as this may seem, this will not be the last time we'll see this sort of predicament occur in the drought-stricken US southwest. This is a long odds gamble that the drought will end and surface water will be restored in time to avert collapse. What is the alternative, shutting down Las Vegas?