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A New Westward Movement

by Dan Ehrlich (writer), London/L.A./Seattle, November 27, 2009

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Dan Ehrlich

Massive Aqueduct Project Could Ease Western Drought

President Obama campaigned on the promise of massive public works projects across the country to ease unemployment and restore facilities. Well, here’s probably the biggest and potentially most beneficial project he could undertake, a transcontinental water aqueduct.

Every year much of southwestern America becomes more devastated by drought, wild fires, mudslides, as well as earthquakes. And yet the unprecedented population growth continues. This will mean the water supply will eventually dry up, as will the towns and their populations.

Meanwhile the Midwest annually is hit by torrential rains, twisters and floods, with all that water going to waste in the Gulf of Mexico.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Since much of the Midwest and East get too much water and the West not enough, why not send some west? Here’s one for our narrow-minded politicians…the greatest American public utilities project since the transcontinental railroad. Let’s build an aqueduct from near the mouth of the Mississippi through Texas, New New Mexico, Arizona and California.

It can’t be done? Rubbish…the California aqueduct and canal system traverses mountains and desert. The only people that will prevent this project are visionless politicians who feel it would take so long to complete, they’ll be out of office so why should they care.

Of course, there is also the “states rights” gang in congress that will say; this is our water not California’s. But, they’re wrong. This is America and its America’s water. And the overwhelming fact we have to face is our politicians have failed the nation and us by not planning for the distant future after WW2.

But, in addition to the aqueduct, reservoirs would be developed in each of the states concerned.

We thought water and cheap gas would never vanish. Our leaders never brought up the subject, often because of their own vested interests. But, it’s a reality now and we had better make plans for the future.

Such a mammoth undertaking would also be an economic gold mine for the nation, with thousands of jobs created along with an enormous boost to ancillary industries supplying the project.

If the Romans could build aqueducts, why not us? Hell, we appear to be going down the same path as them. Why not have something marvellous to show for it.



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By JJFCPA on November 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

This is a worthwhile project for the country. There is a lot of privare equity flowing into water projects. It would not be surprising to see private capital tap into this area in the same way that they are taking over toll roads.

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By Dan Ehrlich on November 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

Yes, here's a situation where half the nation is water poor and the other half water rich...it seems remarkably shortsighted of our leaders to not realize they could use the waters from three of our greatest rivers, the Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi , to rescue the West before all that liquid flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

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