Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
Drip irrigation is the norm around here. It is not a complete solution because (1) there still isn't enough water, and (2) the soil still needs an occasional flush to get rid of the salts that are left behind when drip irrigation evaporates.
Drips bring chemicals to the surface of the ground, mostly salt and alkali. That has to be gotten rid of periodically, or the soil becomes worthless.
But, sure, drip is a good idea, and does save water.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Well I guess if you're the kind who thinks opinions are the same thing as facts, but I harbor no hatred of wealth as my own economic health is in good standing. So why would I practice self-hatred?
My issue has more to do with the fact that the petroleum business wishes to maintain a monopoly on things like transportation fuel, otherwise we wouldn't be seeing wealthy players doing their level best to kill off alternatives, would we?
We wouldn't have seen BP, Shell and Exxon manipulating oil prices for well over a decade, we wouldn't see further manipulation by speculators aimed at slowing the growth of alternatives. We wouldn't see state after state lining up to pass bills aimed at stopping Tesla direct sales.
Oh wait, isn't that big government stepping in to regulate? Uh ohhh, guess it's okay when it protects established interests like car dealers and oil companies.
I didn't say that there's a 100% safe method, I am saying that there are safer "best practices" and methodologies.
And oil companies would adhere to those best practices if they had to, except that they got a sweetheart deal that exempted them from nearly ALL regulations back around the turn of the millenium, so now individual entities are having to sue them one by one instead, to force them to adopt best practices.
But it's like so many other aspects of big business.
See, I do understand the nature of corporations. They by their very nature cannot HAVE a conscience.
Regulations function as a de facto substitute for a conscience and, while I can name lots of examples of unnecessary regulations, the fact is, some regulations ARE necessary.
That's going to change soon of course. Electric cars are today roughly where the home VCR was in 1972 when Sony gave us the BetaMax, a $3500 playtoy for rich folks. Five years later they were under $499, ten years later they were under a hundred bucks, with better features, performance and mature technology.
So you're not only a Rand worshipper, you're also a believer in abiogenic oil too?
Lemme guess, Jerome Corsi in "Black Gold Strangelhold"....amirite?
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If I didn't respond to your diatribe, it's possible you may have
engaged in revisionism or broad sweeping generalizations.
I don't have time for either, and you're probably on my IGNORE list.
Well, we should make Dune a required study for all California schools.
I don't know why in areas on the coasts why they don't redesign their plumbing systems so that toilets use salt water instead of fresh water...
IMO, plumbing engineering is completely wrong and outdated.
In theory desalinization units should be placed in every home on the coasts - that way you can use sea water to bathe or for your toilet or even drink.
Hell, even the local water plants could desalinize salt water.
Once again tho it's not in the best interests of certain people to do such a thing.