LeftieBiker wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:08 pm
Both the right and the left just seem to love creating mandates for the average American without thinking through how it will impact them.
The Left (not that we actually have a Left government) tends to think less about short term affects than long term effects, but in the case of AGW that is exactly what needs to be done. Short term thinking is what got us to the edge of this abyss.
Using swamp coolers where the sun shines a lot is really a waste of water. PV panels tied to electric A/C units should be subsidized instead.
If Los angles hadn't stripped the Eastern sierra of every drop of water, there would be no water problem here. Swamp coolers work very well in sunny dry areas. They are actually quite a good solution, use a lot less energy, and add moisture to the air. They really don't even use THAT much water, but the point is that water allocation can't be blind.
Everyone's water in CA is a different situation. In fact, there is plenty of water in CA. Only about 20% is used statewide for households. The rest is Ag. Even in the worst drought we have enough for homes, even with lawns. But they continue to squeeze that 20% without really addressing the 80%. The southern end of the central valley and now the deserts have sprung up tree crops everywhere. Tree crops might use less water on average per acre than other crops, BUT in drought they can't be fallowed. Big problem. And then we export the nuts overseas, to boot. We are essentially selling our water supply overseas.
The point though is not to assume one size fits all. If Solar and AC is a better way to go, that's fine, but the problem tends to be unfunded mandates where the average Joe is told what to do without any means to do it. Most folks simply can't find the money to slap a solar system on their house, add an AC system, and change/ add new ducting. That's ten to twenty thousand dollars. If the state and or feds want to mandate it, they must provide funding for it out of the general tax base. It doesn't matter how bad for the environment something is if the average american can't afford to change it. Instead, the average joe will push back and you get Trump. Just saying.