Address climate and water issues
January 22, 2016
What a relief it is to see
and feel rain falling again! To see our dry, damaged hills and valley finally
start to heal, sprout green and reveal the verdant natural landscapes of our
home is truly a blessing! Although drought is a natural fact of the west, this
drought that we still endure is the worst that California has seen in the last
500 to 1200 years.
I agree with the Bee and most valley residents that we need
more water storage capacity. But to focus on the symptom alone is akin to
treating a smoker who develops lung cancer with chemo therapy, and all the while
the cancer victim continues to smoke.
The same can be said of increased water
storage. We simultaneously need to treat the symptom (lack of water), but also
address a key cause, man-made climate change. The answers are contentious and
political in nature, but to deny the problem and fail to address it is as
pitiful as our lung cancer victim who won't stop smoking.