The California Water Crisis

Amazing Essays
California, a state with lush greenery and a seemingly perfect weather, has been attracting various people throughout history. However, what one does not realize is that California is in fact, an illusion. California has been plagued with a drought for a couple years, and the lush greenery seen on TV and postcards are from the effects of transferring water from thousands of miles away. Because of this, California has achieved the false appearance of looking very lush and vibrant. The epidemic of the drought and usage of water has been a topic in many articles, both online and in print, however, not many people consider doing anything about it. In the article, “Forbes: Moby Calling Upon California Governor For Water Reform,” a man named Moby …show more content…
In order to combat the water crisis, Moby replaced his lawn and installed a drip irrigation system, then declares that “California has a finite resource in terms of water” and a change will indeed happen whether “Governor Brown wants to change water policy or not.” Another issue involving Governor Brown is that he stated “farmers have suffered enough, and that is terrible,” however, Brown creates a generalization of all farmers and, what Moby points out, “not liking a solution does not mean that at some point you don’t have to choose the solution.” Moby compares this to the music industry’s denial of change when CDs were becoming obsolete. Not only does Moby protest to Governor Brown, but also deem alfalfa, almonds, cotton, and beef as “the worst water offenders.” Beef uses about 800 gallons of water only to yield one pound of beef while other crops, such as broccoli, only use 100 gallons per pound. He then enlightens the reader that by freeing up the water that is used for the “water offenders” and letting farmers gain more control of it to grow sustainable crops, California would have a “boom in agriculture.” This is because half of the water used in California is, in fact, used by farmers, although they “contribute less than one per cent to California’s GDP.” Moby clarifies that he does not want to exterminate these crops but suggests that these crops should be grown in other places with plentiful water instead of forcibly growing them in the “desert.” The article ends with Moby chastising the money spent on water, specifically water

Related Documents

  • Good Essays

    name is Taylor and I chose to study the serve water crisis happening in California. This water crisis has a start date of 2012 but in reality has been going on for much longer than that. 2. The drought in California isn’t just a natural disaster but is also a man made one in another critical sense by capitalist governments largely beholden to giant energy cooperation 's refusal to seriously address the issue. Since the states founding in 1850 water policies have never been carried out in a rational…

    • 1382 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    California Water Crisis How would you feel if you didn’t have enough water to use the restroom everyday, or if you couldn’t shower for over 6 months? Being that California has been in a gargantuan drought for the past 4 to 5 years, water has been in short supply in more places than not. Farmers claim that they should be allowed unlimited access to the state’s supply of groundwater, solely in view of money crops. Ironically, while farmers are making these claims there are people in these towns, traveling…

    • 611 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Decent Essays

    of us have all heard about the water crisis going on around the world, but have you ever thought of ways to fix this problem? Many people take our running water for granted, using more than necessary and not thinking of the consequences. One of the states with the biggest water problem is California, as they are faced with drought conditions. The purpose of this paper is to examine if the process of desalination is the answer to the water crisis going on in California. One of the main sections of this…

    • 348 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays