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Let’s derail the train and desalinate ocean water

Posted: July 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I have been agonizing over our water shortage issues for some time now, and am worried at the impact of having neighbor snitching against water using neighbors, and the hard feelings it may cause.

On July 13 your paper published a column on the advantages of the high-speed bullet train by Michelle Boehm (“Response to Signal editorial ‘The high speed rail hoodwink’”). This caught my eye.

The cost alone for building the train would be at least $67.6 billion. Amazing that she would see a benefit in such a ridiculous undertaking.

I believe a more advantageous venture would be to harvest the vast amount of water we have in our own ocean running the length of our state.

The process is called desalination and would benefit all Californians, not just a handful.

To desalinate our ocean water would be expensive, yet no more than — as one politician puts it — Jerry Brown’s crazy train to nowhere.


chico: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:12 a.m.

I like these ideas, especially desalinating and drinking the nearby ocean. Is there a better way to stop rising sea levels?

ricketzz: Posted: July 30, 2014 12:57 p.m.

Desalination is carbon intensive. It will not help. Learn to adapt or die.

lars1: Posted: July 30, 2014 6:20 p.m.

rickets: additional water adds to carbon based life forms.
lets take your attitude and exterminate human life.

ricketzz: Posted: July 31, 2014 10:04 a.m.

The extermination is under way, but I didn't do it. Is that triple meltdown at the Japanese power plant still poisoning the oceans?

CaptGene: Posted: August 2, 2014 2:20 p.m.

I just saw where it is going to cost 4.4 billion dollars to decommission San Onofre. Seems like a great place to put a desalination plant; even the Caostal Commission would have a hard time arguing that.

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