5 states running out of water

Absent some significant rainfall soon, crop yields in these portions of the US will continue to decline and drought conditions will linger.

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Apr 13, 2013 2:38AM
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Corn uses much more fertilizer and water than any other crop. Making ethanol out of it should be criminal
Apr 15, 2013 10:24AM
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5 states out of water.  50 states out of money.  More than 300 million Amercians should put 535 idiots out of a job.
Apr 13, 2013 1:16AM
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I do not agree with growing a crop like corn, then turning it into fuel for cars.  
Apr 12, 2013 11:46PM
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Don't worry the government will make things all better, just have to send them money and let them think on it for about thirty years. They already know how much water I own, because they years back started sending out people to check wells out here in the country. I figure some day the low life will try to charge me for my own water use, that is just about like them low life up there in Washington DC now don't you know.
Apr 13, 2013 2:18AM
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Hey, heres a crazy idea. Build more hydro dams that collect the water over time and use that reservoir to help lessen the drought threw irrigation pipe lines. nahhhhh  that would be way too logical. And then what would you do with all that extra electricity you generate with no fuel cost?
Apr 13, 2013 9:33AM
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Get ready for water to be traded on the NYSE and the watch the price of water go out of sight like oil has done...
Apr 12, 2013 9:41PM
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If we keep adding tens of millions of illegals to the population size, that'll help the water shortage.

Just one more reason to support amnesty.

Apr 14, 2013 8:10AM
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Fracting for oil/gas will use (pollute) 70-140 billion gallons of water in the USA this year. Let's keep using our water resources to grow GMO corn for ethanol @ 10 % in our gasoline our vechicles "burn" with subsidies for the mega commercial farmers who prodsuce most of it. Talk about WASTE!! Let's rethink our porkbarrel Con-gressional handouts to the already super rich industrial/commercial "farmers/gas& oil  Producers". Stop them from wasting our national resources.....i.e, water.

Apr 13, 2013 11:20AM
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And yet we want to keep pouring millions and millions of gallons of water deep into the earth for fracking. Good plan.
Apr 13, 2013 12:58AM
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The snow and rain this year has gone a long way toward easing this drought. Things are much better in Nebraska than last year!
Apr 15, 2013 4:53AM
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Don't think the President doesn't have something to do with keeping gas prices much higher than they have to be.  He is 100% in favor of ethanol.  It is a crime to turn food that is needed world wide into fuel for our cars.  If the price of gasoline drops low enough then the ethanol industry will disappear.  Without the free handout they received from the government for every gallon they produced, the industry is non profitable.  They were able to make money with gas retailing at or above the $4.00 mark.  As gas prices spiral down which should occur due to the surplus in crude this nation will have in the next few years we should expect to see $1.00 gas again.  The ethanol plants will be a shuttered memory of another failed government experiment.  Obama had the greatest scientists in the United States assembled in NASA.  This was an opportunity to have them devote the talent in the agency to develop a fuel cell which is the only long range, practical approach to power in the world.  Instead he kills the agency and lost a once in a lifetime opportunity to solve a real problem. When it comes to wasting energy nobody can waste as much as Obama.  He wants this gun control legislation passed so he sends air force one to pick up some of the people that lost kids in the school shooting and brings them to Washington.  Why not send them some tickets on regular airlines.  Probably would have saved several million dollars.  Oh well, it's free money, he borrowed it from China. 
Apr 12, 2013 11:50PM
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Who the hell wrote this? The whole state of NE isn't in severe drought.
Apr 12, 2013 8:38PM
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gobal warming  yet we still have winter storms as of  april 10th in the rockie mts part of the country to go along with records lows and above normal rainfall in parts of the Midwest..

 

Apr 13, 2013 9:31AM
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And this moderate draught is unusual in some way? Climate is cyclic just like the market.. I suppose we could actually take this and blame it on Global warming. Yes, that sounds good...
Apr 13, 2013 7:27PM
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Yet there are no bans on watering grass by the millions of old geezers that equate their green weed-free lawn with virtue.  
Apr 14, 2013 2:24PM
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Another issue...That always crops up, deals with the need or want to syphon off the Great Lakes or other Major water supplies, when other areas of the U.S. are drying up...

Although the Great Lakes Basin or watershed is considered one of the "greatest or largest" supplies of fresh water in the world...It too has it's problems, when there are a "lack of rainfalls or snowpacks."

Assuming Canada is the major watershed source, then you have Wisconsin and Michigan that may contribute large amounts from their rivers..

The other North Central States...Contribute with their large waterways such as the Missouri, Platte, Mississippi, Illinois, Wabash and Ohio Rivers, all joining up to form the Big Muddy into the Gulf.

With many of the rivers being used for commerce along with the Great Lakes, it is almost impossible to remove much water for other uses or ship via aqueduct to other parts of the Country.. 

 

Just inches and sometimes up to a foot or two, cause major implications to the Lakes or Main waterways...Drier years overall prove out the point, with Harbour problems and navigation situations particularily on the Mississippi..Lack of rains or snowfall can be somewhat devastating and costly to operations that depend on higher water levels.

 

The "only possibility" of drawing off water, would be in the upper regions of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers; AND THEN only in the Spring or during early "flood seasons." to control waterflows to the South.

The problem is, if an area in the dry Midwest or even further West, were to get some of this waterflow at "great expense" I might add....It could be squandred or misused, and would be expected "year around"...That can't be done, and in drier years very little if any; The monster that could be created?? Could die a quicker death then normal, if not watered.?

Although an admiral idea and a way to control flooding; Greed and "water wars" could ensue making a bad situation today;  A worst dilemma in the future...IMO.

South Midwesterners and further West, would do well to conserve the water sources they have today....And not expect any supplies from their Northern neighbors.

Why anyone waters there lawn in Arizona,New Mexico and Nevada,is beyond my comprehension?

Apr 15, 2013 11:01AM
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It's not a lack of water, it's too many people demanding the water. Overpopulation puts too much strain on ALL resources. Time to encourage population control around the world. Although there are already too many people, let's first try for zero populaton growth in the US: only two children per couple. Tax deductions only for first two, asistance for only the first two. After that, the parents are wholly responsible. Controversial, I admit. Who else has an idea????
Apr 15, 2013 9:44AM
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Demo-Rats (Tom Harkin) like in Iowa are responsible for creating a large demand for water! 

We need to "delete" ethanol (made from corn) from the market!!

America has plenty of oil for our nations needs!!

Apr 13, 2013 12:11AM
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Well with all the rain and snow these states have had this winter and spring, their reservoirs should be full. However, look at what Georgia and South Carolina endured several years ago and with those two states and Florida being dry, forest fires started when they did have rain by lightening strikes.

Apr 12, 2013 11:52PM
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Let the states with an "abundance" of water sell it for the same price oil sells. If they don't want to buy it at that price, let them either move to the water, or drink their oil.
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