Water wars

The American west has a long history of water wars, past, present and future. Wherever demand exceeds supply, there is a struggle for whatever water is available. Drought makes the struggles worse. Devin Nunes representing the area surrounding Fresno, California, is a product of that struggle for water. The farmers in his district blame Democrats in Sacramento for their shortages. I oppose fracking because the process uses so much water and leaves the land and the aquifers polluted.

There are many good books on past water struggles, perhaps the best among them is Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. I recommend The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi for one author’s vision of the dry future of the American southwest. With a single exception, no society has ever survived for long utilizing irrigation to feed its people. Egypt and the Nile is that single exception and that may no longer be the case after the construction of the high dam at Aswan. The Nile delta in the Mediterranean is already shrinking.

Trump must go