What I find amusing is you have people who have said the earth is cooling and
snow cover has increased, which means they are accepting some sort of science
but then they totally refuse any science that doesn’t go with their
Now what do we do when Utah's population doubles by 2050? Will God send us
more water, or will we have to do with the same varying amounts (or less as many
climate scientists predict) going forward?The point about flushing
toilets with water noted in the article should be a wake up call that we do use
water indiscriminately for so many mundane tasks that in the coming decades will
be considered frivolous, including maintaining Kentucky blue grass lawns when
other types of grass (or no grass at all) will do; using coal-fired power (or
nuclear power, which has been proposed) as water-intensive sources of energy
when wind and solar are rapidly becoming cheaper that use no water; flushing
toilets when water-less alternatives are used elsewhere... Water is
precious. We need to be working on ways to curtail its use -- and not thinking
up tax-funded "new water projects" as Utah's population doubles.
HSTucker, above, uses an article about our apparently adequate water supply to
attack the concept of global warming, and to insist that it's a scam
perpetrated by -- gasp! -- Democrats. I'd like to believe he's right,
because if he is, we've got nothing to worry about and we can proceed to do
things the way we've always done them without any consequences. Who
doesn't want that? However, while as a lawyer I might purport to know a
few things about the law, I'd never presume to know much of anything at all
about the vagaries of the climate and how it affects us. What I do know is that
the large majority of experts in the field of climatology have repeatedly
assured us that (1) global warming is the reality we live in now; and (2) our
activities as human beings substantially contribute to that warming. Usually,
when I know nothing about a subject, I go to the people who do know something
and rely upon their expertise. This issue is simply too critical to our
survival to ignore.
@HSTucker"See for yourself by Googling "Rutgers Snow Lab 2017
Annual Report."Why has snow cover increased over the past 30
years? "The trendline isn't statistically significant (less
than a 2% increase for NH winter). Fall has had a larger upward trend and spring
a larger still downward trend."Could it be related to the fact
that actual thermometer readings (once one excludes the "adjustments"
and "estimates") indicate that the earth has been cooling over the same
time period?"The satellite datasets also show a warming trend
over the last 30 years.
We need to remember that proper water works, including reservoirs, not only help
us weather the dry years, they also help reduce or avoid damaging flooding in
wet years.Yes, they alter the environment. That is not necessarily
bad. Search the internet for photos of the Colorado River below Glen Canyon both
before and after Lake Powell was created. The annual flash floods before Lake
Powell prevented much of any vegetation taking root. Today, the river banks team
with plants, that provide shelter and food for many animals. Periodic man-made
mini-floods accomplish much of the good once done by nature. That leaves us
mostly with cooler water temps and slightly increased salinity as potential
negative impacts.We need to increase the number and total capacity
of reservoirs Statewide, and especially in the drier, southern regions of the
I suppose it is unsurprising that other commenters are using this editorial to
advance the left's global warming scam. It's the Murphy's law of
weather articles.To the open-minded, may I suggest you set aside the
narrative of the media/entertainment/Democrat complex and consider the actual
data? Who collects it? (e.g., Rutgers global snow lab) What do they report?
(e.g., compare snow cover in recent years to what it was in the late 80s/early
90s) See for yourself by Googling "Rutgers Snow Lab 2017 Annual
Report."Why has snow cover increased over the past 30 years?
Could it be related to the fact that actual thermometer readings (once one
excludes the "adjustments" and "estimates") indicate that the
earth has been cooling over the same time period?Is it a good idea
to conserve water? Sure. Is it a good idea to prepare for a growing populace and
the natural cycles of the earth by developing additional sources of water? Sure.
But please, can we leave popular culture's corruption of "science"
out of it?
high school fan asks: How do Democrats account for the fact that Utah used to
have ocean front property or how about this one, ho do they account for the fact
that the equator used to run through Utah? They don't and they can't.
Hilarious comment, Well Democrats, and well people who understand
science Do know these things. They also understand that man was nowhere to be
found when that ocean or equator was in Utah. Because the earth is billions of
years old. What does that have to do with today, and the state of Utah today?
You can't fish for or eat fossils.Things do change and to
ignore the huge changes man has made is to ignore science, and reality. Fresh Water is finite, and to gleefully waste it is sad.
Vote Democrat? They cannot even decide if it is global warming or global
cooling or climate change or whatever actually may or may not be occurring.
Things change constantly and consistently so we all need to get used to.How do Democrats account for the fact that Utah used to have ocean front
property or how about this one, ho do they account for the fact that the equator
used to run through Utah? They don't and they can't. Things
change. We should all be wise and clean and do what we can but if the weather
decides to have a mind of its own, there is absolutely nothing that man can do
A good editorial. Oh wait, he is an expert on the subject. How many are going
to deny the science of an expert on the subject.Concerned? Build
more upstream reservoirs.By reintroducing beavers in areas of poor
stream flows, their impounding created more constant stream flows with better
water quality. So lets get like busy beavers and improve the quantity and
quality of our water.
Utahns are water-wasteful. We need to do much, much better.If you
wait for the actual crisis to occur, you're too late.
We may not have a crisis this year because last year's snowfall was more
normal, but if we have three consecutive years of meager snowfall, then yes, we
will have a crisis. With the GOP's persistent efforts to undermine
measures to slow global warming, drought it likely to be an every-year
occurrence. Get used to it, or maybe vote Democrat.