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Monday, March 13, 2006

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

I can't be the only one who sees 'unforeseen consequences' written all over this idea if it's ever implemented on a large scale:

"Needing more water to keep up with growth, Arizona and the six other Colorado River Basin states are looking to the sky.

In three years, officials hope to launch the first phase of a regional cloud-seeding program to create more snowfall in the Upper Rockies to feed the Colorado River and its tributaries.

The seven states plan to hire a consultant this spring to evaluate the practice and make recommendations for whether, where and how to pursue it.

Seeding — which injects chemicals such as silver iodide into clouds to allow water droplets or ice crystals to form more easily — is just one of many water-enhancing technologies that the consultant will review."


Our civilization should be remembered for it's many achievements, but I'm guessing it will also be remembered for the arrogance that went hand in hand with those achievements.

4 Comments:

  • Hmm. I guess they never thought that it might just be easier to plant trees.

    I hear a researcher, damned if I remember his field ,talk about doing the same effect with giant sails, that would trap the moisture. The problem is that many of these areas the moisture just blows through, and there is never a chance to accumulate.

    By Anonymous Daniel, at 11:18 PM  

  • Actually, one of the other options the consultant wll be considering is chopping down (Cedar) trees - apparently they use up too much water which could be filling swimming pools and making lawns green instead.

    Sounds like a potential movie sequel, 'No More Rain Falling on Cedars...'

    By Blogger Declan, at 11:36 PM  

  • "Needing more water to keep up with growth"

    Umm...why wouldn't they just institute policies to slow down growth?

    However, they seem to be addicted to their 1/2 acre lots and cul de sacs, so creating cloud systems probably is the easiser solution than weening these cities off unsustainable growth.

    Daryl

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:16 AM  

  • Gawd -- when I read stories like this I'm always reminded of an article I read a few years ago that suggested human behaviour will not be all that different from bacteria: growth will continue at a roughly exponential rate until all the resources are consumed and then it will crach to near zero.

    By Blogger KevinG, at 8:44 AM  

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