Wednesday, January 22, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown is quoted in reference to California’s severe drought, “We are in an unprecedented very serious situation, and people should pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain, on nature and on one another.”
California, the golden state, is the most populated state in the USA and has a higher population then the 21 least populated states combined. The state income taxes paid by its residents are amongst the highest in the country. I guess money can’t buy everything, like enough clean water, for example.
California was once blanketed with towering trees. Most of them have been cut down and continue to be cut down by loggers, building development due to its swelling population, high voltage transmission lines and even now by marijuana farms that are setting up shop and cutting down what is left of the thin threads of forest near the Pacific coast. It is well known that deforestation is a major contributor to drought!
Let’s be grateful that in Arkansas we still have enough fresh water that hopefully won’t have unknown chemical tanks set up for coal cleaning next to sources of drinking water, and our turkey vultures, the purifiers of the forest, still have forest to live off of unlike the California condor, a close relative. Many require periodic capture by veterinarians to have lead filtered out of their blood, otherwise there would be no more of these vultures in the wild.
Let’s also be thankful for our American eagles that reside in Arkansas and Missouri that are worth fighting for as their cousins on the Pacific west coast are dying off as they migrate to Utah after consuming their favorite Pacific Ocean food, eared grebes, that are believed to be tainted from the 100+ radioactive chemicals spewing over from Fukushima.
All the more reason to grow organic foods at home and protect our water, land and forests. All the more reason to fight against SWEPCO’s attempts to denegrate our forests.
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