Obama Administration Warns That The West Is Doomed!

Report: Climate change worsens Western water woes

By John Flesher (Associated Press) – April 28, 2011

Climate change is likely to diminish already scarce water supplies in the Western United States, exacerbating problems for millions of water users in the West, according to a new government report.

A report released Monday by the Interior Department said annual flows in three prominent river basins — the Colorado, Rio Grande and San Joaquin — could decline by as much 8 percent to 14 percent over the next four decades. The three rivers provide water to eight states, from Wyoming to Texas and California, as well as to parts of Mexico.

The declining water supply comes as the West and Southwest, already among the fastest-growing parts of the country, continue to gain population.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called water the region’s “lifeblood” and said small changes in snowpack and rainfall levels could have a major effect on tens of millions of people.

The report will help officials understand the long-term effects of climate change on Western water supplies, Salazar said, and will be the foundation for efforts to develop strategies for sustainable water resource management.

The report notes that projected changes in temperature and precipitation are likely to alter the timing and quantity of stream flows in all Western river basins, with increased flooding possible in the winter due to early snowmelt and water shortages in the summer due to reductions in spring and summer runoffs. Changes in climate could affect water supplies to a range of users, from farms and cities to hydropower plants, fish, wildlife and recreation, the report said.


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9 Responses to Obama Administration Warns That The West Is Doomed!

  1. Paul H says:

    Many more of O’Blimey’s policies (not to mention the Euroslime Cameron) and the west will be doomed.

  2. Mike Davis says:

    If Elephants has wings they might be able to fly!

  3. suyts says:

    Really? April 28 they said that? lmao!!!!! I knew they weren’t the sharpest tacks in the box, but I didn’t think they were brain dead!!! By early Feb, we could see that the west was going to have an increase in hydrology.

  4. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

    Obama’s Secretary of Energy Steven Chu:

    …….Chu warned of water shortages plaguing the West and Upper Midwest and particularly dire consequences for California, his home state, the nation’s leading agricultural producer.

    In a worst case, Chu said, up to 90% of the Sierra snowpack could disappear, all but eliminating a natural storage system for water vital to agriculture.

    “I don’t think the American public has gripped in its gut what could happen,” he said. “We’re looking at a scenario where there’s no more agriculture in California.” And, he added, “I don’t actually see how they can keep their cities going” either…….


    But now they say global warming causes more snow. I think they changed their prediction from less snow to more snow when they saw more snow was happening and not less snow. As cooling continues they will change their prediction of warming to cooling. and they may even go back to prediction a ‘coming ice age’ like they were doing in the 70’s.

  5. Andy WeissDC says:

    Some day, there will be a drought out West, as they have always happened from time to time. For now, we are merely getting global wierding augmented by drywet distruptions of the jet stream.

  6. Sparks says:

    At the end of the day the sun sets.

  7. Russ says:

    California is west isn’t is, and if you look at Europe who is in the west there? So look what they are doing, and if they are doomed, then do the opposit. Case closed.

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