Oh this is way cool: a real war between the states!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 · 5 Comments »

Arizona Threatens to Cut Off Los Angeles Power as Payback for Boycott. I know, Fox — but here’s the same thing from a real news source: Arizona Says It Will Pull Plug on LA’s Electricity. Awesome! Sorry; it’s my inner novelist coming out. I’m gonna work this into my post-apocalyptic scenario. Say, I wonder who built the dams out there? Never mind; I’m sure the folks running Arizona did it all by themselves, the same way they created the Colorado River out of their own sweat.

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5 Responses to “Oh this is way cool: a real war between the states!”

  1. Delphyne says:

    Violet, my hope has been – for such a long time – that the Colorado River pushes that dam with all She has and floods the areas that seem so peaceful. Really. I want to see the Colorado River run all the way to Baja. To have it flood into The Sea of Cortez. Where it belongs. I want it to run free. Without the Hoover Dam. Without the Glen Canyon Dam. Without any damn Dams.

    I know. It’s crazy. But that is what I want – the river to run free. Is it too much to ask?

    Well, it’s what I want!

  2. Toonces says:

    When Colorado was going through a severe drought a few years ago — we were on water restriction, were being warned not to shower for too long or water our lawns more than 15 minutes every other day, etc. — a friend of mine was out in Phoenix, watching people wash their cars in the driveway letting the water run down the street, water their lawns like they don’t live in the US’s climatological equivalent of Baghdad and the golf courses were always green… !!!*&#!!??#%

    Wasn’t Vermont threatening to secede recently? And when are NY and CA going to get around to becoming their own countries?

  3. Sophie says:

    Vermont’s been talking about this for awhile and if they pull it off, I’m going to emigrate.

  4. Adrienne in CA says:

    Yet another reason California should have gotten serious about solar a long time ago.


  5. Topper Harley says:

    APS owns the largest stake in the Palo Verde nuclear power plant, which at 3.2GW is the largest nuclear plant in the US: That’s 50% more power than what comes out of Hoover dam. I’m not aware of APS having anything to do with the management or sale of power from the Hoover dam other than buying a portion of it.

    @2: Contrary to popular opinion, Phoenix has always had a pretty decent supply of water. There was so much water that the original occupants of the valley had irrigated agriculture before Columbus came to America. During westward expansion they exploited their agricultural bounty by selling of their surplus.

    More recently, for every asshat that maintains a bright green lawn there are ~ 5 others who xeriscape. Overall, the transition from the growing of oranges and cotton to residential has resulted in reduced water usage. Residential/light industrial uses ~ 10% of the amount of water that commercial agriculture does.

    Meanwhile, California has been overusing it’s Colorado river allotment every year since 2001.