Drought: Water is short, oil is a disaster

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 - 11:02 am

Re "Long ago, a call to install water meters" (Dan Morain, Feb. 2): Eighty years ago, J.Q. Brown's call for installing meters and cutting back on watering lawns was dismissed, but his voice still resonates in more ways than one.

Consider oil, for example. At the present rate of consumption, we have enough for about 50 years. But that business as usual crowd in Washington prefers to ignore this truth, so it's drill, baby, drill.

As for the environmental disasters such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf, not a problem. The oil industry assures us they won't happen again.

Now we're hearing, frack, baby, frack, forgetting that 600 chemicals are used in the process, including carcinogens and toxins, not to mention the 72 trillion gallons of water necessary to run the wells currently active in the country.

As for the potential climate disaster of the Keystone Pipeline, who's listening?

-- Jack Pelletier, El Dorado Hills

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