Climate Change- Pay now or pay later.

With the extremists on the right still screaming that climate change is a myth perpetuated by ‘libruls’, our government is still sitting on it’s proverbial hands.

Inaction on this front could become very, very costly. It’s the pay me now, or pay me a lot more later scenario. There is a new report out (pdf) that attempts to lay out what American’s will end up paying if we don’t get in gear and make sizable changes in how we deal with climate change NOW. From the Union of Concerned Scientists:

If global warming emissions continue to rise unabated, we will see growing costs related to climate change. This fact sheet reports some of the projected damages—to our coasts, our health, our energy and water resources, our agriculture, our transportation infrastructure, and our recreational resources—that will occur in states and regions throughout the United States.

Here in Cali’s San Joaquin Valley, we already see the effects of climate change on agriculture, our number one job creator. The state is literally running out of water. Actually, it’s been running out of water for years..decades even. We are now rationing water, which means the farmers are not getting enough water to plant all of their farmland.

This means fewer jobs and less food just for starters. From the MSNBC writeup in Feb of this year:

Federal water managers said Friday that they plan to cut off water, at least temporarily, to thousands of California farms as a result of the deepening drought gripping the state.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said parched reservoirs and patchy rainfall this year were forcing them to completely stop surface water deliveries for at least a two-week period beginning March 1. Authorities said they haven’t had to take such a drastic move for more than 15 years.


Farmers in the nation’s No. 1 agriculture state predicted it would cause consumers to pay more for their fruits and vegetables, which would have to be grown using expensive well water.

“Water is our life — it’s our jobs and it’s our food,” said Ryan Jacobsen, executive director of the farm bureau in Fresno County. “Without a reliable water supply, Fresno County’s No. 1 employer — agriculture — is at great risk.”

The drought would cause an estimated $1.15 billion dollar loss in agriculture-related wages and eliminate as many as 40,000 jobs in farm-related industries in the San Joaquin Valley alone, where most of the nation’s produce and nut crops are grown.

Any move by the Fed worsens the problem here in the valley. The state has already started rationing to all cities and farming areas. The Governator and the state assembly can not, for the life of them, come to an agreement on how to deal with the problem of not enough water. Fuckers are dancing around the problem and playing politics at the same time. From the Mercury-News link:

Democrats and Republicans have tangled over water issues for years, pushing off decisions while conditions have worsened for farmers, water districts and wildlife. The trouble is especially acute in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the water conduit for two-thirds of the state’s residents.

Federal courts and agencies have ordered severe reductions in pumping to protect the delta’s collapsing ecosystem.

During negotiations, lawmakers have disagreed over protection of water rights, mandatory conservation standards for cities, groundwater monitoring of private water supplies, who should make water decisions in the delta and how to pay for the infrastructure and restoration efforts requested by lawmakers.

So, we are damned if we do, damned if we don’t solve this problem. How do you feel about paying 10 bucks for a pound of broccoli, or any other veggie or fruit grown here in Cali? The price hikes also hit the dairy and beef farmers as they are having a hard time finding feed for their cattle and cows at a price that doesn’t bankrupt them. Guess what..they pass the costs on to us, the consumer.

Because the less we grow, the more you will pay for what is grown. The citizens of Cali are now paying exorbitant rates for their suburban water needs, plus higher food prices.

Sucks don’t it? And the shit hasn’t even hit the proverbial fan yet..not by a long-shot.

This post is part of the Blog Action Day on Climate Change.
 Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change

About Dusty, hells most vocal bitch

I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on October 15, 2009, in Cali water supply, Climate Crisis, rationing. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I saw watermelons in the produce department– $10 bucks EACH!
    Between high fuel costs, and drought we are headed in a bad direction. 

    Cali has been hit hard w fires a few years in a row now. 
    It's an overwhelming task– but there are things individuals can do to lighten the impact & that is the focus of my blogswarm post today.

    Damn Bush & his cronies for their oil tycoon & ignorant ways. 
    We lost 8 years time in making significant progress on Climate Change. 

    I'm hoping the Obamas follow Pres. Carters lead & get solar panels back on the white house. 
    Project Green House would be a cool thing…. get the WH as environmentally updated & efficient as it can be, to lead the way. 

    It can even be done by industry donations. 

    Our country has missed the boat on solar. It needs to be subsidized heavily to make it up in volume.  Germany shines in embracing solar energy. 

    We need to step up!

  2. I honestly think that they're hopping that they'll all be dead before they're proven wrong and the domino effect starts in earnest. Most of them would rather sacrifice the freaking planet than admit an error in judgement.

  3.    Natural or man made our environment is maxed out. We are so screwed and the right still insist there is no problem. WTF?

    The idiots on the right will never cooperate. Knowing what we all see daily this blew me away!

    Tea party organizer Allen Olson said there is no global warming. I mean get real! What percentage is man made or natural can be debated but like it or not Global warming is here!

  4. Hell yeah we need to step up! The unemployment rate  here in the south end of the San Joaquin valley is over 15%, all because the agriculture can't be run at full tilt. No fucking water!

  5. Allen Olson can kiss my hairy ass Jim..twice even!

  6. Allen Olson can kiss my hairy ass Jim..twice even!

    You know, every time you say that, I picture your hubby using your butt for a scratching post. “Yeah, a lily more to the left, baby. Yeahhhh, yeah.”

    Okay, so I read this article from The Nation, and I truly hope that the findings are wrong, because we are definitely fucked beyond hope if the developed nations of the Earth must reduce carbon emissions by 100% in 10 years, as projected. How do I say “I'm sorry” to my kids and grandkids for being a part of the rape of their planet?

  7. Um, I didn't mean that I literally picture that scenery; You can substitute a mohair sweater or sumpin if you're shy like that. :-[

  8. One huge waste of CO2 emissions is the Iraq War, yet the corporate media won't acknowledge it.  Big surprise.

  9. “The United States must pressure Mr. Karzai to make the right decisions in the coming days. But it must also make clear that it is willing to stand behind the Afghan leadership that emerges from this political process. It needs to forge a new working relationship with that leadership, one that will be centered on improving the daily lives of Afghans. A confirmation by Mr. Obama that he will provide the troops and other resources necessary to turn back the Taliban will by itself strengthen the government's authority around the country, and it could give it the confidence to take on necessary reforms. In contrast, if Mr. Obama withholds the resources that U.S. military commanders say they need, Afghanistan's government will look for other means of survival — and Afghans will turn to other authorities.

  10. Fucking comment horseshit. I did have a statement before the post that showed the WaPo calling for more troops under the rubrick of a runoff election in Afghanistan.

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