A few weeks ago, we saw that the California drought is going to increase BC’s food prices through the rest of the decade.
Scientists know things. This isn’t news to them.
They know we have burned too many fossil fuels so that the climate is changing.
The pine beetle has killed much of BC’s forests because winters haven’t been cold enough to kill them.
This week BC’s coast has experienced the remnants of a Tropical Storm Ana. So, that’s new.
California is becoming more of a desert, leading to increasing wild fires and more droughts.
These are the effects scientists have said would happen.
The BC Liberal Party, however, continues to reject science as if they were merely uneducated or blind with greed, despite having several scientists and doctors among their MLAs. Any cognitive dissonance?
They want to extract and sell as much fossil fuels as they can, so people can burn it instead of creating the post-carbon energy infrastructure of wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, and smarter hydro.
They want to ground the provincial government’s budget around the dirty money that comes from carbon-based fuels.
They want all the oil, gas and coal out of the ground fast so it can be burned for cash, thereby exacerbating climate breakdown.
And they want to flood more farmland for the Site C dam, which is NOT smart hydro, as if our food security weren’t already in peril. Let alone all the townhouses, golf courses and container parking lots covering our ALR lands.
This is not leadership.
This is corruption, greed, short-sightedness, ignorance and the most shameful government policies I’ve seen in my life.
If you still support the BC Liberal Party’s rejection of science, you are as foolish and ignorant as they are.
The Los Angeles Times reported California’s three largest reservoirs are at roughly 30 percent capacity. Other reservoirs are doing better — far better than the statewide average of 41 percent in 1997, when a devastating drought struck the state, said Ted Thomas, spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources.
As of last week Lake Oroville, one of California’s largest reservoirs, was at only 32 percent of its capacity. That’s pretty close to a record low.
The pairs of photographs below show the stark difference at Lake Oroville between 2011 and 2014.
The Green Bridge of Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina. Top: 2011; bottom August 2014. (Top: Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources via Getty Images; Bottom: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California’s drought: What losing 63 trillion gallons of water looks like – The Washington Post.