Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Natural Economy vs National Economy - 2

Two years ago today we were talking about natural economy, and the plight of California:
We have discussed the reality that the fate of California (and other states of course) can determine the fate of our national economy. California's current natural economy is troubled because they are running out of water.

The natural economy can "fail" and destroy the state economy. "This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around" goes the song.

Yes, this is stone cold for real:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Friday because of three years of below-average rain and snowfall in California, a step that urges urban water agencies to reduce water use by 20 percent.

"This drought is having a devastating impact on our people, our communities, our economy and our environment, making today's action absolutely necessary," the Republican governor said in his statement.

Mandatory rationing is an option if the declaration and other measures are insufficient.

The drought has forced farmers to fallow their fields, put thousands of agricultural workers out of work and led to conservation measures in cities throughout the state, which is the nation's top agricultural producer.

Agriculture losses could reach $2.8 billion this year and cost 95,000 jobs, said Lester Snow, the state water director.
(Breitbart, emphasis added). Everyone knows that jobs are the fundamental player in our national recovery plans at this time.

The fact that environmental failure in California is already causing job loss shows us that the natural economy is already impacting the state and national economy.

One of the reasons that global climate change must be taken seriously, then, is the fact that it can damage or destroy national economies.

Nations printing more money or borrowing more money won't start or stop the rains, droughts, storms, and rising oceans.

It will take the greatest of efforts to keep damage to the environment down to current levels, but we are not going to be able to make that goal.

Saving civilization may be the only option remaining to us.

The continuation of Beavis & Butthead national policies will guarantee both natural and national economic collapse at some point in our future or our children's future.

The notion that economy can prevail over environmental concerns is a false notion at the macro level. When the environmental penalty comes it is too late to avoid its impact on economy.

Even though someone turned on the faucets in California and they got record rains with floods following on the heals of those drought conditions, the principle of that post two years ago holds true today.

Likewise, their drinking water comes from afar, so the "water everywhere but not enough to drink" bleep goes on.

Global weirding marches on.


  1. The double-speak dictionary MOMCOM uses to define "natural" has been around a long time: The Devil's Dictionary.

    Remember when they said oil is "natural" and the spill will be good for the Gulf?

    That must have come from The Devil's Dictionary too.

  2. Rush Limbaugh is calling leftists "cockroaches" like the radio operatives in Rwanda did before a million Tutsi people were murdered.

    Maybe environmentalists will be the next "cockroaches" because they expose the establishment for the death-bound machine it really is.

  3. How about the sustainable economy vs the future economy? Is plate tutonics along with climate dynamics calving California, the future of which is an island off the coast of Nevada.

  4. Great post today. The LA basin in particular is a picture post card example of an unsustainable culture and lifestyle. The water is pumped in from the Sierras (Owens Dry Lake (it's dry because the water's been diverted into the aqueduct), the subject of much of the album art on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here), the electricity and some more water is pumped in from Hoover Dam/Lake Mead (which also enables the abomination that is Las Vegas), the petrol to power the world's grandest freeway system comes from our friends in the middle east (the basin's once considerable underground reserves long since exhausted), the cars are pumped in from everywhere, but fortunately, the wind, the smog, the fires, the earthquakes, the crime, and the pampered Hollywood celebrities are all native to the region. LA will be one of our epic fails in due course, a monument to the excesses of American 20th century imperialist capitalism.

  5. The Devil's dictionary (link upthread) has a relevant definition for our current politics:

    CONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.