Why has California chosen water shortages over desalination?

Israel has made the choice to turn its water shortages into surpluses by building lots of desalination plants. Desalination costs less than 40 cents per cubic meter, which is less than 1/6 penny per gallon. It’s so cheap that in addition to using desalinized water for residential uses, Israel also uses it for agriculture.

Meanwhile, California has chosen to have water shortages instead of building enough desalination plants.

Why did California make this choice?

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February 1, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Technology.

4 Comments

  1. Asok Asus replied:

    “Meanwhile, California has chosen to have water shortages instead of building enough desalination plants. Why did California make this choice?”

    It’s really just a matter of priorities. Bullet trains to no where that aren’t even really bullet trains are far more important than a life of daily ease. It’s also much easier to control a population with rationing and deprivations as such provide an arbitrary rational for whatever cause with which the fascists wish to blame: global warming, capitalism, evil conservatives, evil Republicans, over-population, not enough tax money, etc. The deliberately ill-educated population of serfs and peasants therefore do not know that there are easy alternatives to such shortages and deprivations, and readily join the pogroms of the fascists.

  2. JohnF replied:

    Because they are so obsessed with the negatives they even make them up. These negatives then get in the way of any decision. They will expand their geothermal even though it’s almost free energy for fear of upsettling the economic “balance”.

  3. AWC replied:

    Because we have to pay our State, County and City Government employee pension and healthcare benefits first. We’re broke.

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