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2022-08-16 6:58:05 AM  
The paywall? Yeah paywalls suck. Sorry subs.
 
2022-08-16 6:58:55 AM  
The desert sun has obviously baked somebody's noggin.
 
2022-08-16 7:07:24 AM  
Rising sea levels and lack of sweet water ..rising temperature and sunshine hours..if only there was a way to desalinate sea water and power the process with cheap energy like solar...coastal areas could sell clean water and deserts could sell power...naa can't be that easy..nuke the rockies instead, drain the mississippi that'll show them treehuggers what we can do....
 
2022-08-16 7:07:56 AM  
Experts are not weighing in on this dumb idea. They're just saying it's dumb, while conservative genius brains are suggesting it could be a thing.
 
2022-08-16 7:34:37 AM  
Or you could move to where the water is, as has been the traditional way of humankind.
 
2022-08-16 7:57:10 AM  
If Arizona, California and New Mexico want to build a water pipeline then that is their business and they should fund it.  No farking way should this Michigander's tax money be spent for this boondoggle.
 
2022-08-16 7:58:53 AM  

Confabulat: Or you could move to where the water is, as has been the traditional way of humankind.


Sam Kinison approves.
 
2022-08-16 7:59:07 AM  

question_dj: Experts are not weighing in on this dumb idea. They're just saying it's dumb, while conservative genius brains are suggesting it could be a thing.


Engineers are often very conservative in politics. They like to imagine problems and solve them, and pesky things like ecosystems and the needs of other people just annoy them.
 
2022-08-16 8:03:11 AM  

lurkey: Confabulat: Or you could move to where the water is, as has been the traditional way of humankind.

Sam Kinison approves.


He would have, if he WOULDN'T HAVE DIED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE F***ING DESERT, AAAA!
 
2022-08-16 8:13:59 AM  
Who thought farming water intensive crops in the desert was a good, or even sustainable idea?
 
2022-08-16 8:18:23 AM  
Hey, they destroyed the Colorado river, might as well destroy the Mississippi as well.

\between things like this and that seal being killed because people wouldn't stop messing with it, the giant meteor can't come soon enough
 
2022-08-16 8:25:15 AM  
It's a question of what farmers will pay for the water versus the cost of getting it there.  I could see greedy oil peddlers with dwindling reserves facing carbon taxes getting into the liquid extortion business, for example.
 
2022-08-16 8:41:23 AM  
Populations can shift instead of trying to change mother nature.

Fark people.
 
2022-08-16 8:51:22 AM  
It's a dumb idea but it's fun to think about stealing the south's water.
 
2022-08-16 8:54:53 AM  

Confabulat: Or you could move to where the water is, as has been the traditional way of humankind.


I have no issue with California, for example, building a farkton of desalinization. They move the technology and logistics forward, then become a net water producer instead of the biggest drain imaginable, and start to supply the Southwest.

That same tech can then be useful elsewhere people probably shouldn't be living because it's desert shiatholes, the middle east, swaths of Australia, Africa, etc.

The only way to lose is to start trying to steal or port existing freshwater from elsewhere, which is a terrible plan.
 
2022-08-16 9:27:21 AM  
Nuclear power plants provide both electricity AND waste heat is easily used for desalination.
 
2022-08-16 9:40:49 AM  
It's a new idea

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2022-08-16 10:02:50 AM  
If every single man, woman and child on this planet here on this date in 2022 agreed to this idea, it would still most likely not exist in our lifetimes.

As is, though, you have a LOT of private property to get through. And we know how folks out West take to Feds encrouching on their lands! (and good luck with Oklahoma)
 
2022-08-16 10:12:28 AM  

Confabulat: If every single man, woman and child on this planet here on this date in 2022 agreed to this idea, it would still most likely not exist in our lifetimes.

As is, though, you have a LOT of private property to get through. And we know how folks out West take to Feds encrouching on their lands! (and good luck with Oklahoma)


I used the latest NYC water tunnel as a basis for estimations: 250 years and $5 trillion.
 
2022-08-16 10:14:12 AM  
Desal would cost less, use less power, and be more environmentally friendly.  The key is to pull the water from deeper and further away and disburse the brackish water better.  Still better than piping water halfway across the country and over the Rockies.
 
2022-08-16 10:20:10 AM  
Wouldn't sending Mississippi water to south and west Texas be more cost effective?  Shift the ag production there.
 
2022-08-16 11:14:18 AM  

FatinAugust: Desal would cost less, use less power, and be more environmentally friendly.  The key is to pull the water from deeper and further away and disburse the brackish water better.  Still better than piping water halfway across the country and over the Rockies.


There's just one flaw.  Here's Nebraska in few years.  Great for surfing.

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2022-08-16 12:55:10 PM  
happens ever time there is a drought.  nothing ever happens comes of it.  if they tried the project would be like that bridge in Apocalypse Now - every day they build it and every night the locals destroy it.
 
2022-08-16 1:56:01 PM  
Eminent domain all the cotton and alfalfa farmers in AZ, turn their land into suguaro cactus nuseries
 
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