Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Roof Is On Fire

We can't get no water let the .... burn.

USACE will be shutting off Atlanta's water, and they have the court case to prove it. Too bad Sonny wasn't able to get this issue resolved before the end of his 8 year term. With a GOP state legislature. And GOP control of the two other states involved. And GOP control of the nation as a whole. Heckuva job, guys.

Maybe it ain't his fault. I guess 8 years just ain't enough time to hash out an agreement with those intractable individuals in Alabama and Florida. Maybe there were other pressing matters on his agenda. I mean, how many of those 6 million people in metro Atlanta use water, anyway?

Bob Barr's a little peeved about the situation.

Speaking of the USACE and misuse of water, I'd like to remind Atlanta to be careful - you can't sue some government organizations for damages that may result of said organization's decisions. I mean, a city that has no legal access to nearby water? Why would anyone want to live there?

Lastly, the Chinese character for crisis combines "danger" and "opportunity." We have pipelines for oil and gas running from South Louisiana to Illinois & other points north. Let us now build pipelines for water. They can run from New Orleans' outflow canals up to Lake Sidney Lanier or anywhere in the Atlanta metro area that is convenient.

We could trade water in exchange for road construction crews to take down I-10 over N. Claiborne Ave. Or they could send us some of that red clay to make levees with. Or cold, hard cash. Whichever is easiest.


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4 comments:

patsbrother said...

http://www.pinyin.info/chinese/crisis.html

Dante said...

"Too bad Sonny wasn't able to get this issue resolved before the end of his 8 year term. With a GOP state legislature. And GOP control of the two other states involved. And GOP control of the nation as a whole. Heckuva job, guys."

Pat, good thing you have your partisan high horse to keep you from drowning in the hypocrisy. Buford Dam was built in 1956. Since 1956, Georgia has had 11 governors. 10 of them were not part of the GOP. The other party had 47 years to get something done before it reached this boiling point. Out of those 47 years, Democrats also controlled the General Assembly for all but 1 or 2 years at the end. If 47 years wasn't enough time, I don't see how 8 could possibly be ample.

And don't even try to argue that it hasn't been an issue until recently. Georgia, Florida, and Alabama bickering about water leaving Buford Dam was old news when I moved to Atlanta in 1987. All three states conveniently forget about the issue until droughts rear their ugly heads. The only reason this one is still lingering is because the most recent drought was bad enough to justify legal action.

You can argue that Georgia (and Atlanta in particular) ignored the issue for far too long but to blame it on one political party that has only been in power for 8 of the 55 years the Dam in question has been in place is just sad.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

First of all, I heard the Chinese crisis thing on talk radio. Glad to know it is a common misconception. Otherwise I'd feel dumb.

Dante, that's like C. Ray Nagin's defenders in New Orleans letting all his scandals slide because all the past mayors used to get away with stuff, too.

I'm harping on the GOP because they're the ones in power for the last 8 years.

If it was Roy Barnes, I'd call him out too. Just like I railed against King Roy back when he was screwing up public education, and can't believe he's the current Dem frontrunner. Yeah, it is his fault. But its been 8 years since he had the ability to do anything about it.

But this? This is on Sonny and the GOP. What, were they going to wait another 47 years using this excuse?

Dante said...

"But this? This is on Sonny and the GOP. What, were they going to wait another 47 years using this excuse?"

No, like all politicians they were going to wait until a situation absolutely positively had to be dealt with and deal with it then in the most shortsighted way possible. There's still two and a half more years before we get to that point. It's "on" whoever is in charge around the beginning of 2012. There is simply no real hot button interest in the matter that would secure any votes until that time.