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Warning: A ‘Shrinking Window’ of Usable Groundwater

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Source: therevelator.org

New analysis reveals that we have much less water in our aquifers than we previously thought — and the oil and gas industry could put that at even greater risk.

by Tara Lohan

We’re living beyond our means when it comes to groundwater. That’s probably not news to everyone, but new research suggests that, deep underground in a number of key aquifers in some parts of the United States, we may have much less water than previously thought.

“We found that the average depth of water resources across the country was about half of what people had previously estimated,” says Jennifer McIntosh, a distinguished scholar and professor of hydrology and atmospheric sciences at the University of Arizona.

McIntosh and her colleagues — who published a new study about these aquifers in November in Environmental Research Letters — took a different approach to assessing groundwater than other research, which has used satellites to measure changes in groundwater storage. For example, a 2015 study looked at 37 major aquifers across the world and found some were being depleted faster than they were being replenished, including in California’s agriculturally intensive Central Valley.

McIntosh says those previous studies revealed a lot about how we’re depleting water resources from the top down through extraction, such as pumping for agriculture and water supplies, especially in places like California.

But McIntosh and three other researchers wanted to look at groundwater from a different perspective: They examined how we’re using water resources from the bottom up. More

This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet Down With Us

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Duty to Warn

Submitted by Dr Gary Kohls

By Guest columnist Chris Hedges – Truthdig.com – First Posted on March 7, 2011

The modern belief by evangelical Christians in the Rapture, which does not exist in biblical literature, is no less fantastic, one that at once allows for the denial of global warming and of evolution and the absurd idea that the righteous will all be saved—floating naked into heaven at the end of time…and the worse it gets the more we demand illusionary Ronald Reagan happy talk. Those willing to cater to fantasy and self-delusion are, because they make us politically passive, lavishly funded and promoted by corporate and oligarchic forces. And by the very end we are joyfully led over the cliff by simpletons and lunatics, many of whom appear to be lining up for the Republican presidential nomination.”

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I have walked through the barren remains of Babylon in Iraq and the ancient Roman city of Antioch, the capital of Roman Syria, which now lies buried in silt deposits. I have visited the marble ruins of Leptis Magna, once one of the most important agricultural centers in the Roman Empire, now isolated in the desolate drifts of sand southeast of Tripoli. I have climbed at dawn up the ancient temples in Tikal, while flocks of brightly colored toucans leapt through the jungle foliage below. I have stood amid the remains of the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor along the Nile, looking at the statue of the great Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II lying broken on the ground, with Percy Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” running through my head:

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Civilizations rise, decay and die. Time, as the ancient Greeks argued, for individuals and for states is cyclical. As societies become more complex they become inevitably more precarious. They become increasingly vulnerable. And as they begin to break down there is a strange retreat by a terrified and confused population from reality, an inability to acknowledge the self-evident fragility and impending collapse. The elites at the end speak in phrases and jargon that do not correlate to reality. They retreat into isolated compounds, whether at the court at Versailles, the Forbidden City or modern palatial estates. The elites indulge in unchecked hedonism, the accumulation of vaster wealth and extravagant consumption. They are deaf to the suffering of the masses who are repressed with greater and greater ferocity. Resources are more ruthlessly depleted until they are exhausted. And then the hollowed-out edifice collapses. The Roman and Sumerian empires fell this way. The Mayan elites, after clearing their forests and polluting their streams with silt and acids, retreated backward into primitivism.

As food and water shortages expand across the globe, as mounting poverty and misery trigger street protests in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, the elites do what all elites do. They launch more wars, build grander monuments to themselves, plunge their nations deeper into debt, and as it all unravels they take it out on the backs of workers and the poor. The collapse of the global economy, which wiped out a staggering $40 trillion in wealth, was caused when our elites, after destroying our manufacturing base, sold massive quantities of fraudulent mortgage-backed securities to pension funds, small investors, banks, universities, state and foreign governments and shareholders. The elites, to cover the losses, then looted the public treasury to begin the speculation over again. They also, in the name of austerity, began dismantling basic social services, set out to break the last vestiges of unions, slashed jobs, froze wages, threw millions of people out of their homes, and stood by idly as we created a permanent underclass of unemployed and underemployed.

The Mayan elite became, at the end, as the anthropologist Ronald Wright notes in “A Short History of Progress,” “… extremists, or ultra-conservatives, squeezing the last drops of profit from nature and humanity.” This is how all civilizations, including our own, ossify and die. The signs of imminent death may be undeniable. Common sense may cry out for a radical new response. But the race toward self-immolation only accelerates because of intellectual and moral paralysis. As Sigmund Freud grasped in “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” and “Civilization and Its Discontents,” human societies are as intoxicated and blinded by their own headlong rush toward death and destruction as they are by the search for erotic fulfillment.

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National Blueways System: Federal water theft “headwaters to mouth”

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National Blueways System

The provision within the National Blueways system for “headwaters to mouth” is the new catch phrase for “waters of America”.  Using the tried and true method of renaming an assault on the states to make it sound like a good deal when we know it isn’t, is nothing new.  The intent is to take over all water from any source whatsoever.

While the government is planning on blowing out more than 2600 dams here in the US, allowing fresh legal vwater resources and reservoirs to flow away into the ocean, we are constantly warned of a water shortage.  The excuses for this is that rivers need to be restored to their former states to save some fish that has long ago adjusted to its surroundings.

Since there is in actuality no critical water shortage, one has to be created.  This will be done by redefining what is federally controlled water, and, by emptying reservoirs and other water reserves.  No dams will replace those blown meaning that all water in that river or stream will disappear into oblivion while your water is rationed.  All of this just in time for the installation of SMART Water Meters which will drive your water bill through the roof.

But the issue of water is not about the salmon, or the rivers flowing free or any other environmental nonsense.  It is converting all water everywhere to be under the control of the federal corporation to facilitate the LOST treaty, and to convert even simple trade into federal commerce.

The National Blueways Water System appears to be the work of the infamous Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of interior, but is actually the intended result of several executive orders from the president. Secretary Sally, as he is often referred to, has been the facilitator of the massive land devastation in the Western States.  His plans to “industrialize” the western states have resulted in the decimation of our wild horses and burros, for reasons unknown, the selling off of public lands to private corporations,  and of course the whole sale destruction of water and land resources which are in reality, state assets.  The Department of Interior, as a privately owned federal corporation, rakes in the profits from this whole-sale plundering of state lands and resources while supplying minimal compensation to county’s and states governments.  Of  course the state is left with the now devastated landscape and pools of irreclaimable contaminated water. More

Klamath dam removal + 26,000 more

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 Heather Gass/PPJ contributor

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We all know about the dams being removed across the USA…this will be the largest dam removal in history and it will decimate a Northern California farming community.

Our Department of Interior and Inspector General are CLEARLY LYING!!! This August 2nd video is unreal…including the “opposition’s” -obviously a radical liberal- response who makes a complete fool of himself. Congressman McClintock is a hero…but the dams are still on the path for removal…as are 26,000 others.

The hearing evidence will blow you away…this agenda is so corrupt… (the info after McClintock speaks is also related to the BP Gulf spill)

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