Implications of the California Drought--Either Death, Or a Future, for the Nation: Choose Now!
January 22, 2014 • 1:49PM

The implications of the extreme California drought are that either the United States is restored to its founding principles of advancement, or it dies a miserable death, from greenie insanity, thermonuclear holocaust or both. Updates on the dimensions of the drought in the state, and elsewhere in the southwest are summarized below.

What is required is a sudden shift to a credit-for-development regime, by re-instatement of the Glass-Steagall banking act, launching all-out nuclear power and NAWAPA programs, to employ and lift up millions of Americans, in the course of which, emergency measures of all kinds can be taken to supply water in the interim. Otherwise, drought and destruction.

This was addressed in historical terms by Michael Steger, LaRouchePAC Policy Committee leader based in San Francisco, on the weekly LPACTV program Jan. 20. He first made reference to President Kennedy, who supported the continental-scale, future-building water projects in the dry West. Steger said, speaking of the Jan. 19 Kennedy 50th anniversary memorial concert in Boston, "I can just say, from the West Coast, that the death and assassination of Kennedy is still felt, firstly, not only in the general cultural and economic crisis in the country, but you have an entire area of the Western part of the United States, that's about to go to ghost towns and be destroyed.

"Now, there are, of course, certain places that have prepared, but there have been periods in the geological timeframe of this area of our planet, which have gone through droughts of over 150 years! And so, we're seeing now, a kind of drought condition, or dry seasons, that's the worst in maybe that period of time... Some towns have five or six weeks left of water, in parts of California! I mean, the preparations are to build outhouses... Some metropolitan areas have, perhaps, a couple years of water... [I]f we do not begin to address these kinds of problems, and emerge this kind of John Kennedy approach, we are not going to survive..."

  • SEVERE DROUGHT. The year 2013 was the driest in California since record-keeping started 160 years ago. Going into 2014, the Sierra snowpack — whose melt-off is critical to impound for later in the year, is less than 20% of what had been normal.
  • FOOD SUPPLY CRISIS. The Central Valley, along with other parts of California, account for a huge share of U.S. food consumption — especially fruits, vegetables, nuts, milk, and beef — and international food supply as well. This is all now undercut.

In the San Joaquin Valley, farmers report that over a third of the area in various farm districts will be fallow. For example, many farmers growing tomatoes, lettuce, and other field produce, rely on some groundwater, plus their allotment from the Sacramento Delta flow, but now they will get zero from the latter. They aren't planting.

Ranchers are culling their cattle herds. Instead of a customary short-growth of grass at this time of year, to add to other rations, there is dust. Ranchers are forced to ship in hay from far out-of-state, as well as the Imperial Valley. Market animals are lighter weight. One Tulare County rancher, Justin Greer, summarized it to CNBC: "Two years ago, we were shipping steer calves that weighed 650 (pounds). Last year we shipped calves that weighed 570. And if this keeps at this current rate, I would be surprised if we shipped calves that weighed 500."

Well-drilling services for agriculture-use water are very expensive, and bookings are backed up for over a year. "Everybody just keeps installing deeper, longer straws. The water quality is degrading. It's become saltier, and that's not good for any of our crops," said San Joaquin Valley farmer Justin Borba, to CNBC last Friday.