I have been writing for a while on various environmental problems we are facing. Worldwide, one of the greatest problems is fresh water. In fact, America has the worlds greatest fresh water available in our great lakes, and yet we are letting the Chinese siphon it off! China has to import nearly all their drinking water. With over a billion people to supply with fresh drinkable water, that’s a LOT of water. Well, how stupid would it be to build a city in the desert, siphon off water to have green lawns and supply the people with fresh water for drinking, bathing, swimming in huge pools with massive fountains, and of course the ever important golf courses?
Las Vegas is about to run dry, and where will those people go? It’s not just Las Vegas, it’s lots of areas that have been living on borrowed time.
(NaturalNews) One bizarre trait that strongly characterizes modern human civilization is a widespread inability to plan ahead. On every issue imaginable — debt spending, fossil fuels, health care costs, resource extraction and so on — our citizens and political leaders demonstrate near-retarded cognitive function by failing to see where their actions might lead. (And it’s almost as if they’re proud to be so stupid, too.)
There’s no better example of this than the city of Las Vegas, Nevada — a city of 600,000 people who almost universally depend on one lake for their water.
And that lake is running dry at an alarming rate, after which there will be no more water for Las Vegas.
The lake is called Lake Mead, created by the Hoover Dam. Back in 1936, when the Las Vegas population was very tiny by today’s standards, Lake Mead took six years to fill with water. Now, with over two million people in the greater Vegas region depending on its water, Lake Mead has dropped by 50% and is receding with alarming speed.
Where is all the water going? It’s being siphoned off by large tunnel “straws” that redirect the water 25 miles to the city of Las Vegas. These straws, however, are sucking the lake dry. Tim Barnett, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, explains it this way in a Telegraph news story (1):
The situation is as bad as you can imagine. It’s just going to be screwed. And relatively quickly. Unless it can find a way to get more water from somewhere Las Vegas is out of business. Yet they’re still building, which is stupid.
Ah, but “stupid” is popular, you see. Delusional thinking is embedded into the American culture at every level: medicine, finance, security, fossil fuels, the food supply and more. After all, only delusional thinking would allow continued real estate development in a city with no future water supply, yet it continues to this very day in Las Vegas.