September 6, 2012
Water is our treasure
This summer's drought awakened lots of people to the realities of climate change. Is there an infinite amount of water available in Wisconsin? Is there even enough for the next generation?
It depends. Let's take a look at fracking. The NY Times reports that oil and gas utilities will use 6.5 billion gallons of water this year in Colorado for fracking. Anti-fracking groups say the real figure will be between 7.5 billion and 13 billion gallons a year in Colorado! Whoa Nelly.
Because of the drought, lots of farmers will go out of business; the cost of food will start climbing; cities in the west might feel the pinch as the price of water escalates. If the drought goes on for a couple of years--imagine the impact.
Bob Kincaid spoke at Bob Fest North in May, and he had the crowd on their feet. He will be at Fighting Bob Fest in Madison this month. His issue? Mountain top removal in Appalachia. It will make you ill when you get the details.
Think about a polluted Lake Michigan. Think about fracking in Wisconsin and the impact it would have in the future.
We need a game plan to protect our water and air. We will ask the open pit breakout to help us move forward.
Not to worry, say the oil and gas folks. Not to worry. Well, I worry and I know you are worrying alongside Fighting Bob.
At Fighting Bob Fest, one of the breakout sessions will deal with climate issues: Bill McKibben will be here, open pit mining will bring key players in this battle, including Chairman Mike Wiggens, and Al Gedicks, the best resource in Wisconsin on air and water pollution. Question for Bill McKibben: What's next?
Attorney General Van Hollen has asked the state Supreme Court to deicide the photo ID cases before the election on November 6. Egad--if we had a voter fraud case to worry about it might require quick action. Truth is the only reason for photo ID is to put Wisconsin in play by suppressing the vote. I doubt if the court will interfere.
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Wisconsin water is truly a treasure though one would not guess that with its current underpricing. It is the underpricing that will shorten the life of this necessity of life, particularly with the inevitable influx of refugees from the remainder of the nation. Refugees that will be fleeing from a toxic desert created not by God 6,000 years ago but by Government subsidy of water use and pollution today.
Just two days ago I attended a meeting in Ashland concerning the Superfund Site on the shore of Lake Superior. As I told the EPA, you do a good job, often with taxpayer money, to mitigate a situation from the past. But the time has come to pay up front for the use and abuse of our earth. This will minimize any need for mitigation, being that profits are maximized by minimizing costs.
-Ernest Martinson | Hayward WI | September 6, 2012