Originally published June 22 2015
Jerry Brown pushing depopulation in California: Too many people, not enough water, something has to go!
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) Californians might want to pay a bit more attention to the governor of their state, as he is openly musing about a draconian idea to deal with the ongoing drought: depopulation.
As reported by The Daily Caller, Brown recently stated before the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board that, at some point, if more water does not flow into the Golden State, it could eventually mean that there will be too many people for the available water to support. He also hinted that so-called "global warming" was only making California's drought worse.
John Myers and James Nash, who were in attendance, respectively tweeted:
"At some point, how many people can we accommodate? " asks @JerryBrownGov abt CA's future at MWD #cawater meeting.
#Climatechange distinguishes #California's current drought from past dry spells, @JerryBrownGov tells Metropolitan Water District board.
No question that California's enduring drought has created great strains on the state's water supplies, but the thought of forcing American citizens from any state to relocate is chilling – even if some think it might someday be necessary.
At worst thus far, the drought is causing a great amount of public discussion on the remaining water infrastructure – how best to conserve, how best to use, where to cut and limit, and by how much are just some of the questions being posed, and in some cases, answered. Brown has already proposed rather restrictive water curbs in a bid to cut water use in metropolitan areas.
There have also been water restrictions imposed on the state's massive agricultural industry, which is set to lose about 18,000 farm jobs this season – the equivalent to about $1.2 billion in lost wages.
"One more year and nobody will have anything"
But public policies are also working against Californians. For example, even as thousands of farm workers lose their jobs and farming operations lose production, state officials are still essentially flushing millions of acre-feet of water annually to ensure the endangered delta smelt has a habitat.
At present, state officials have little wiggle room. Environmental groups – many of which are headquartered safely outside of California and whose officials are thus not directly affected by the drought – have sued both state and federal officials for having the temerity to put human needs above those of the smelt by redirecting more fresh water toward cities.
"It is catastrophic in the San Joaquin Valley, but it will also become catastrophic for large population centers, but right now they are down to where they can water their grass twice a week and they had to cut their use to 25 percent," California Rep. Devin Nunes told The Daily Caller's Kerry Picket in an interview.
"That still allows your grass to be green and all of that. One more year [like the previous two] and nobody will have anything," Nunes warned.
Brown not the first to mention depopulating California
To be fair to Brown, he wasn't the first person to broach the notion of depopulating the state as a necessity to bring water availability and usage more in line. As Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reported last August, Lynn Wilson, who is the academic chair at Kaplan University and serves on the climate change delegation in the United Nations, has mentioned depopulation as a way to enhance sustainability.
"Civilizations in the past have had to migrate out of areas of drought," she said in an interview with CNBC in July. "We may have to migrate people out of California."
She added that, before that would happen, every option such as importing water to the state would likely occur— but "migration can't be taken off the table."
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