Skip to comments.San Francisco Hypocrite Alert: Yosemite's lost valley will be subject of vote
Posted on 08/05/2012 12:11:27 PM PDT by jwsea55
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) This fall San Franciscans will vote on a local measure with national implications: It could return to the American people a flooded gorge described as the twin of breathtaking Yosemite Valley.
Voters will decide whether they want a plan for draining the 117-billion-gallon Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park, exposing for the first time in 80 years a glacially carved, granite-ringed valley of towering waterfalls 17 miles north of its more famous geologic sibling.
The November ballot measure asks: Should city officials devise a modern water plan that incorporates recycling and study expansion of other storage reservoirs to make up the loss?
The measure could eventually undo a controversial century-old decision by Congress that created the only reservoir in a national park and slaked the thirst of a city 190 miles away.
The battle over Hetch Hetchy, first waged unsuccessfully by naturalist John Muir, had turned the Sierra Club from an outdoors group into an environmental powerhouse. The fight gained momentum in recent years when unlikely allies joined forces.
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What a stunningly idiotic idea.
Let them drink Perrier.
This is an idea that has been out there for decades. I think only now were Bambi and his environmental czar were able to empower them to get this thing out on the ballot.
It will cut off all of the water supply of San Francisco and Peninsula cities, and will leave a gaping, dead chasm that will take hundreds of years to ever look like Yosemite.
We are living Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm. All pigs at the trough are equal, except some of them are more equal than others.
Power for me but not for thee.
They’re going to retrofit two dams in Ann Arbor Michigan with generators. Its the other 3000 dams in the state that need to come out.
Sounds like something you could support?
Power generation and drinking water....
SO how’s will they take if they remove their source???
The scary thing it that SF will vote to get rid of its water supply, then it will go to court to take somebody else’s water. Let’s not even start with the lost electrical power.
They oughta put the useless Yosemite under water too, no? More water for everybody.
Lets not forget the hundreds of billions in restoration grants that will be required to return the valley to its natural state.
But where are they going to get a conduit to feed them the water? It is amazing these mental geniuses don't mind doing this to the rest of California but Heaven forbid they do it to themselves. It does show there is some sort of mental capability with these people. So that would infer they have an agenda?
That's the coming surprise, they won't be getting the water.
There's always "reclaimed" water.
LOL this is too funny.
They can replace the electric power with coal plants or just do without and have brown-outs. They can just do without the water like the farmers they screwed had to do.
Plus, they shouldn’t complain about extra $2,777 per household a year that their water will cost it’s less than Obamacare will cost them.
I love it. I hope this turns San Francisco and the Peninsula cities into ghost towns.
I always thought that it was stunningly idiotic to have allowed San Francisco reparian rights along the Tuolumne River in the first place. What a scam! If you think California voters (generally) are lunatics, S.F. voters are by orders of magnitude far crazier!
Not sure you gain all that much, other than another place to put tourist attractions and the valley will be silt.
The oh so saintly republicans are doing this.
This is truly to bizarre to be true. Are all of us having the same bad dream?
Years ago, Michael Savage claimed 'they' were using bleach to disinfect SF streets.
Not to start any rumors, but where do you think SF politicans bury the bodies? Just a question.
The bill in question directs the city to "devise a plan", and if this is anything like other eco-fantasy pipe dreams that's going to be quite a plan. They will follow it at their peril, and it shouldn't be up to the rest of us to bail them out when the cost of feeling good about themselves starts to become apparent.
Nevertheless, so long as the recourse isn't simply to pull power from the grid elsewhere, and expropriate other people's water, then I say go for it. Its proponents may find that "sustainable" really does have a meaning.
Not really. There are many good people who live out there as well. And California has a huge economy (one of the big problems is that California’s economy is so bad, precisely thanks to projects like this, that it’s affecting all of us) and this could really bring it down.
This is an environmentalist weirdo thing. They’ve already induced a drought in the San Joaquin Valley, in case you wondered why your veggie and meat prices were rising...
In Michigan our governor is one of these Green Republican morons who is using state and federal matching funds to buy private land for “preservation”.
So these lunatics are going to vote to eliminate their own water supply. Is there a downside to this?
Pray for America
Here’s the thing...if someone would fund a eight-foot pipeline from Hudson bay....across most of Canada and down to central California...they’d have more than enough water for just about everyone. But the environmentalists would get involved and demand a forty-year research project, and it’d never be done.
My guess here is that San Francisco will vote to undam the valley...and then wonder in two years how and why their water supply is now very limited and tripled in price.
This is an environmentalist weirdo thing. Theyve already induced a drought in the San Joaquin Valley, in case you wondered why your veggie and meat prices were rising...
Only (half) joking. I would assume the good people would see the writing on the wall.
It is tragic what has happened to the Valley through environmentalism and the endangered species.
The November ballot measure asks: Should city officials devise a modern water plan that incorporates recycling and study expansion of other storage reservoirs to make up the loss? The measure could eventually undo a controversial century-old decision by Congress that created the only reservoir in a national park and slaked the thirst of a city 190 miles away.Sure, and if you remove one dam, you can make up for the lost power generation with the remaining dams. What assholes.
Charlie LeDuff golfs the length of Detroit ...video only too funny.
They are going to take a dam out up here, one that could have been a decent producer of power. It will leave a muddy mess when they do, but they’ll surely make up for it with the pretty windmills they install.........
LeDuff is great. I suspect he’s liberal but he’s not above beating the crap out of detroit politicians.
Here he beats up on the Conyers Clan.
I wonder if the dams were put there for any reason originally?
Not to speak of the higher cost associated with water and power that goes with no longer using the resource for dirt cheap ....$30,000 a year... Liberalism is a mental disorder....
Water has always precipitated bitter conflict in California; not for its lack of availability but for the manner in which it’s distributed. What enviro-nazis and their lap-dog politicians have done in this state is enough to make you scream! Jerry Brown is re-submitting his peripheral canal proposal (nuanced, of course) and the enviros are apoplectic!
Is that the Boardman dam?
This crap needs to be stopped. We have hundreds of dams in Michigan that could be producing power (Many once did) and the environmentals on both sides of the aisle can’t tear them out fast enough.
Meanwhile in the heart of Michigan liberalism they are actually going to use the existing dams. Here is the feasibility study.
I wonder how often windmills run above capacity?
Here he beats up on the Conyers Clan.
...and Conyers' wife getting publicly assisted meals and housing at a Fed penitentiary.
LeDuff has done some great pieces!
This one was a hydro power dam put up in the 1920’s, it could have been easily restored to be an actual generator of power, but the greenies teamed up with a few fisherman to tear it down. They want to tear down every dam in America, to bring us closer to a pristine state.
The enviros are also after most of the Bonneville dams, too. BPA provides huge, cheap Western US generating capacity. Sweetheart deals with various locals and, of course, the aluminum industry and Boeing. The Northwest power rates are cheap compared to CA's.
If BPA becomes castrated, bring back Dandy Don Merideth to sing "turn off the lights..."
At the same time this $14 billion water project to drain the Sacramento Delta sending more water southward is in the works:
Having lived by Ann Arbor once upon a time, I'm floored they are doing this. Has it finally happened?
Too much great fishing up here to take that group seriously, I doubt more than "a few" would ever fish there, it just gave the greenies some cover.
I used to live a bit south of there in Evart. Just about anywhere there was water, there were trout. In fact I used to catch trout at the Hershey dam (which is now gone to return trout to the river)
They probably think they've made the water wetter too........
When they undam the valley, the years and years of silt buildup will go down stream and destroy all the fish all the way to the sea.
But hey, California has Billions of dollars in the bank to go replace perfectly good power and water systems for the fun of it right?
That's the problem with these states so flush with money they don't know what to do with it. At least it is not like the state of Kalifornia that is heading towards bankruptcy...with a pension system $1 trillion underfunded.
Out of 36 million people, twentyfive percent of Kalifornia's budget is paid for by 144,000 residents. Another way of looking at that number is 144,000 residents pay 50% of the state's income taxes.
Over 20 years, from 1984 to 2004, Kalifornia's poplulation increased by 10 million people (from 24 to 36 million). During that period, only 100,000, or so, were added to the tax roles.
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