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California’s Civil War Is About Water, and the South Doesn’t Seem to Care
Posted on Aug 6, 2013
Southern Californians get much of their fresh water from the northern part of the state and they don’t seem to care that the system that supplies that water is in danger of collapse.
There is a political battle between the two ends of the state, only most of the political energy appears to lie with the water. Northerners consider their parched neighbors’ use of their water a kind of theft, while Southern Californians are happy just to know that water is there when they want it. But that could all change, as the Los Angeles Times reports:
Oddly enough the south’s champion, a man who wants to spend $24 billion fixing the water supply and ensuring a constant flow, is Gov. Jerry Brown, a Northern Californian if ever there was one. Unfortunately for Brown, he needs the approval of the federal government, and Northern Californians in Congress have vowed to kill his project.
According to the Times, Brown was hoping Southern Californians would step in and fight alongside him for their water supply, but so far it’s mainly the farmers in the Central Valley and the politicos in the damper north doing all the battling.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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