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Binro the Heretic - 2015-03-16

Sad to say, maybe it will take something major like this to get everyone to realize we need to make some changes.

Of course, Katrina was a massive clusterfuck of bad environmental, economic & social policies and nobody gave a shit, so...y'know.

On the other hand, this might inconvenience rich white people, so it could go either way.

BiggerJ - 2015-03-16

"I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees!"
But no response came, excepting some bees
Who were buzzing about, but only a few
For when you're dying out, being few's what you do.

All of a sudden, a voice: "Step aside."
It came from a man who stepped less than did glide
He spoke this to the humans, expelling no breath:

Cena_mark - 2015-03-16

At the very least can we give up on the concept of lawns.

yogarfield - 2015-03-17

You mean changes like fewer green lawn regulations in California suburbs, decrease the surplus population, stop trying to grow crops in the desert, outlaw golf, and bolster the rain dance youth leagues in Oregon and Washington?

Binro the Heretic - 2015-03-17

Do away with green lawn laws - YES! To reduce water & fertilizer consumption and pesticide & herbicide use.

Decrease the surplus population - Start by killing yourself (Seriously? That was LITERALLY an Ebenezer Scrooge quote. What in Hell is wrong with you?)

Stop trying to grow crops in the desert - YES! In fact, our whole agricultural model needs major changes.

Outlaw golf - Not necessarily, just learn to play it on a non-grassy landscape. I don't like golf, but a lot of people do.

Bolster rain dance youth leagues - YES! Not because it will work, but because it will be fun to watch.

infinite zest - 2015-03-17

The last drought I really remember in Oregon was back in 199X..something.. it was a long time ago. And yeah everyones' lawns were just dry and dead. I think sprinklers were illegal. I was pretty young and didn't own a home but I didn't care.

Cena_mark - 2015-03-17

California needs to learn how to play Gitmo golf. At Gitmo is in a desert and the golf course is just dry dirt with astro turf patches for the around the holes and driving areas.

yogarfield - 2015-03-17

Ebeneezer what now?

Obviously that was intentional, but the fact remains that Socal has more people than it can feasibly sustain. Good tacos, though.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2015-03-17

I have talked with a number of people here who don't give a fuck what anyone says. Their lawn is theirs. They can do with it what they want. They are gonna keep watering it because its pretty.

These people are fucking assholes so the laws need to make it totally illegal to water a lawn at all.

Mister Yuck - 2015-03-17

The fun thing is, we could rip out the lawns and evacuate the cities and we'd still be screwed. California's agriculture is using the majority of its water, and even if the state was depopulated there still wouldn't be enough water left to continue farming at current levels. And that's a huge problem for the rest of the country because California is incredibly fertile and any American who doesn't want to survive exclusively off corn is relying on it.

SolRo - 2015-03-16

Nice thing is that it will be cheap until it runs out (or it's too late)!

Water prices are still too low for desalination plants to be economically viable

misterbuns - 2015-03-16

This is a strange claim.

My friend's brother works at JPL and I hear this is kinda sensationalism that is a half truth to scare people. Granted, I understand this is hearsay.

But, it is true Nasa is dabbling in propaganda to drive interest in science and fear about conservation and while I agree with both of those things being sloppy with science is ethically uncertain and dilutes their overall credibility.

For example, Nasa recently claimed to have successfully tested a Star Trek like impulse engine which also isn't quite true.

I guess this is the danger of lending credibility to fake science.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2015-03-16

If it scares the government into investing in desalinization and large scale water collection from people's homes and backyards, I think those emergency actions should be taken.

memedumpster - 2015-03-18

With the growing popularity of the Near Term Extinction movement and the general militant polarization of the populace between deniers and alarmists, if climate scientists ever want to remain unlynched, they better never admit they exaggerated anything.

I would personally punch one in the face if I ever caught them doing that. That shit is not amusing.

The Mothership - 2015-03-16

California will never run out of water.

Unless the climate changes, over the long term, rendering it a desert.

Binro the Heretic - 2015-03-16

BACK into a desert, you mean?

fedex - 2015-03-16

it never stopped being a desert

That guy - 2015-03-16

California is ONE ECOSYSTEM, you guys.

SolRo - 2015-03-16

hey now, we're a subtropical desert steppe at the least.

The Mothership - 2015-03-16

I just moved to California, and I am having a difficult time getting used to it, coming from the Pacific Northwest as I do, and Scotland before that. It is very very dry here, whereas where I had lived before had been very damp. But my new colleague is from Phoenix, so she thinks I'm crazy.

SolRo - 2015-03-16

where to?

have you gloated to any east coast friends or relatives yet?

Gmork - 2015-03-17

Socal = Desert. Bay area and northern cali are much greener/wetter.

That guy - 2015-03-17

Mothership, we should totally hang out, just 2 bros, doing bro stuff.

gmol - 2015-03-16

Unlike most fear mongering about water conversation, I'll give this segment credit for at least mentioning euphemism of "food production" and giving a bit of air time to a non-alarmist.

What I find incredibly frustrating is that even the state drought site doesn't go to any trouble to inform citizens about water usage breakdown. Shorter showers won't do anything, our residential water use is a paltry 2ish percent.

Don't believe it's a crisis when people actually start talking about cutting dairy and meat production (

Sanest Man Alive - 2015-03-16

The actual video title reads like clickbait bullshit and it's from USA Today. Not that there isn't a real shortage happening, but come on man, I know you can find a better source.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2015-03-17

there's this VICE doc I found right after watching this. It's incredibly depressing.


boner - 2015-03-17

This is nothing to worry about, the earthquake will get you first.

Void 71 - 2015-03-17

This is nature gently telling California that it has too many people.

Sexy Duck Cop - 2015-03-17

I live in LA and can confirm that we are running out of water. When I turn on the tap, spiders fall out instead of water. The faucets on my shower are glorified volume control knobs for a mysterious booming voice that just keeps shouting STOP DOING THAT. Vultures pick at the ossified bones of long-dead carrion, and cactuses have started growing in my socks. Trust me guys, this is exactly as apocalyptic as it sounds and not at all overblown by people who just now became experts in urban engineering overnight.

Ranma X. - 2015-03-17

You get spiders? Lucky. Here in Long Beach, we just get illegal fireworks and leftover well drinks from all the gay bars down Broadway on the taps.

More seriously, the big issue is the long term future of agriculture in the state given the shrinking water allotments. Urban water use is a rather small percentage of total water usage and for the state as a whole, gone down.

SolRo - 2015-03-17

Black Widows always come out of the tap, water or no.

It's a California thing, like the earthquakes.

glasseye - 2015-03-17

I grew up in Oregon, and lived in SoCal for 3 years recently. I was completely astonished at how poorly people in SoCal conserve water. They just don't get it.

RedRust - 2015-03-17

I love sweeping the leaves with the garden hose just because.

Multiple desal plants are the solution.

misterbuns - 2015-03-19

It's the agriculture sector not people with hoses.

memedumpster - 2015-03-18

Climate studies are a thousand years old. Man made climate change has been known about since the 1950's.

California will just have to get on with crying themselves a new river.

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