Water, Water Everywhere but…

18 Apr

Captain Kirk to the rescue! William Shatner, of Star Trek fame, is proposing a project on the west coast of the USA to build a pipeline from Washington State to Lake Mead in California. The cost? 30 billion dollars…which he hopes to raise through awareness, donations, government support… or whatever.

And I say, why not? We build pipelines for the flow of oil and gas all over the United States and no one ever argues about the cost or about building them in the first place. Below is a map of all of the oil and gas pipelines that we have criss-crossing the country now. That’s a lot of pipe! Only thing is you can’t eat or drink oil or natural gas. And where would you go with your car filled with either if there’s no water there, when you get to wherever it is that you’re going?

We have lots of water in some places and not very much, if any, left in other places and California is one of those places… and it has less than one year of water left! So what’s the plan if disaster should strike and our largest producer of fresh fruits and vegetables in the country and one of the largest economies in the world, runs dry?

Mr. Shatner admits that he doesn’t know how to build pipelines and he may not be able to raise 30 billion dollars but someone needs to get the ball rolling and he hopes to start rolling it by creating a conversation and raising some awareness. If Congress can support and advocate for more needless oil pipelines, and get behind the transport and pumping of billions of gallons of water into fracking holes to free up more natural gas just so we can all “prosper” a little more…then why can’t they come up with a plan to move potable water from where it is to where it ain’t so that we can all “live longer” too?

So, I agree with the Captain…with all engines, warp speed!

7 Responses to “Water, Water Everywhere but…”

  1. Snowbird of Paradise April 18, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    That, and desalination, too. California is right next to the Pacific Ocean, so it seemed like a no-brainer to me.

  2. vaibhav11sharma April 18, 2015 at 2:54 am #

    Reblogged this on Vaibhav Sharma and commented:
    Water water everywhere, nor a drop to drink.

  3. womanseyeview April 18, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    How about a little conservation people? There is only so much water on this earth and you can’t make more…maybe agribusiness and golf courses shouldn’t be built in deserts??

  4. avwalters April 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    What, another water heist for southern California? I have very mixed feelings about this. As a former Californian, I certainly recognize the problem. But I’m not sure that the cure for an addict is the hair of the dog that bit you. Californians have ignored this crisis (which is over a decade coming on.) There has been damn little conservation. Moreover, assuming the climate has changed, wouldn’t it be better to let the people move to where it’s habitable? To where the climate can actually sustain life?
    In the event that such a pipeline were built, what incentive would there be for conservation? The energy costs to pump all that water would be enormous (just because CA is below WA on the map doesn’t mean the system would be gravity fed.) Would it change Californians’ behavior at the tap? No, go with desalination–make it solar powered. They have the ocean, they have the sun. Let’s keep things local and not rob other areas of vital resources.

    • kingmidget April 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

      avwalters raises a good point. If a water pipeline is really needed, it could be piped just to some area in Northern California, rather than all the way to Lake Mead. Deposit it in Lake Shasta or a new reservoir up there and then it becomes part of the water supply for all of California and not just Southern California. But then there’s the whole issue of whether Washington would even agree to ship its water to California in the first place. Within California, the issue of shipping water from NoCal to SoCal has been a decades long simmering war. Now imagine complicating that by bringing water from another state in a pipeline that crosses through a third state. Yeah, it happens with oil pipelines, but for some reason it seems that water is just different. Why? I have no idea.

    • kingmidget April 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

      And one more thing … having the pipeline stop somewhere in Northern California would probably cut the cost in half.

  5. Barb Knowles April 18, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    I would be totally behind this, with a shot of conservation (country-wide) on the side.

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