posted on Jul, 30 2005 @ 05:17 PM
The best solution with current technology is probably a combination of ocean-based desalination plants and irrigation infrastructure. The problem is,
these programs cost money, and somebody has to put up for others in order to make it happen. This is hard to accomplish.
The fact remains that the west coast is a desert, and we made it bloom with copious amounts of water. LA doesn't deserve palm trees, they're not
supposed to be there, but through a combination of human desire and technological advances, we made the desert green.
It's a waste, frankly. With the amount of water spent to provide scenery for Hollywood muckity-mucks to enjoy while tooling around in their fast
little cars, we could probably save billions of gallons by simply abandoning the west coast and retreating back to the arrable land.
Desertification is a problem most people associate with Africa, but it effects us here in America too. One possible solution would be to level the
rocky mountains and allow the moisture from the western ocean to reach the dust bowl. Have fun with that engineering feat. Even if we accomplished
that task, chances are another major seismic even would occur and throw up new mountains where the stubs of the old ones reside.
Bottom-line is probably going to come back to desalination. There's plenty of water on the planet, enough for a million generations, we just have to
clean it and transport it to where it's needed.
In the far future we might be able to fly out into space and attach rocket boosters to huge chunks of water ice, to steer them into earth orbit. We
could then set up a sort of high-tech bucket brigade of orbital vehicles, or, maybe even just steer the thing in to our aptmosphere until it
vaporizes. The moisture should make its way down as precipitation eventually, right?
Just a thought, but it is a real problem, and you get kudos for bringing it up. I've talked about this a couple of times on ATS, and the disbelief I
encounter is incredible. People act like you're telling them the earth is flat when you say we're running out of water.
[edit on 30-7-2005 by WyrdeOne]