Thank you O Cloud Gods for finally bringing the monsoon, or at least some cooling afternoon rain to the Four Corners Country. I don’t know that it will bring the end of the Dog Days, but at least it’s some moisture to replenish the rapidly drying soil and bring the streams back up for a few days.
The increases in population in far too many arid, drought-ridden areas only means more drawing down of water & resources that are already stretched pretty thin - really doesnt matter where the folks are coming FROM but where they are moving to. Frankly, any "thoughts" on how to tax the top 1-10% for whatever reason - as above - doesnt matter where the thoughts are coming from. It would appear that an awful lot of high-earners are also pretty high "consumers" - of water, natural resources, & more development into areas that should not be developed, especially in the West - the dry, arid drought-ridden West.
The population increase in Las Vegas is probably from people fleeing high taxes and business killing regulations in California. So, just a change in Colorado river water users for crossing state lines, not a net increase. The thoughts on taxing the top 10% of income earners for holdings that may or may not add to greenhouse carbon sounds like it was conceived by those fellow travelers, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Great column, did I read this correctly? Earth First and the ghost of David Brower just teamed up with Imperial Valley irrigators calling for the demise of Lake Powell? Sounds like bargains to be had in the market for used Powell houseboats.