Sunday, April 12, 2015

. . . the way California goes, so goes the rest of the country

It's been said that, the way California goes, so goes the rest of the country, and if it were a country it would be the 8th largest economy in the world. It supplies 75% of all the fruits, vegetable, nuts, dairy and many other food products for the entire country. The drought has been going on for four years and if it continues, and current weather trends indicate that it will, how will effect the rest of the country? 

It has caused some real chatter especially in L.A.'s Mayor's office. Maybe they just realized they are living in a desert and without water things could get a little dicey.

L.A.'s Mayor, Eric Garcetti, released a broad-ranging plan that outlines his vision for environmental goals and programs in Los Angeles over the coming decades to combat L.A.’s image as a smog-choked, car-worshipping, insane freeway-entangled sprawlsville.

The 105-page booklet — simply titled, in a play on words, “the pLAn." The report sets objectives such as the increased use of electric vehicles, more reliance on solar power in the public and private sectors and better monitoring of air quality. Additionally it calls for a 25% reduction by 2035 in greenhouse gas emissions. It also envisions the installation of 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations in two years.

Other elements are already are in place. For example, a reduce per-capita water use by 22.5% by 2025 and cut by 50% the city's importation of water from outside sources — phasing out the city’s use of electricity from coal-fired power plants and lowering the city's temperature by 3 degrees over the next two decades, by planting more street trees and increasing use of “cool roofs” that absorb less heat.

The Mayor is a big backer of bike culture. At a mayoral forum last year, Garcetti pledged his commitment to CicLAvia, a recurring event that closes miles of L.A. streets to cars. He said he hopes to make it a permanent monthly tradition -- thanking cyclists for introducing bike culture, urban farmers for introducing community gardens and business owners for re-purposing dead alleys.

That's quite a plan. If it works, L.A may actually become liveable.

It seems like real change only starts to happen when we become threatened and the lack of water, or no water, is at the top of the serious threat list. 

Maybe the California drought is a good thing? The proposed L.A. plan is something that should have been implemented years ago. Now it's at a critical stage. It has to be done. 

So, will the rest of country follow the pLAn?

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