Statist-leaning California headed toward third-world region amid continuing megadrought

Friday, August 21, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, August 21, 2015

Is California turning back into a desert? Perhaps, but that’s just one of many reasons why it is becoming less and less desirable to live there.

As most Americans know, the Golden State is in the throes of one of the worst droughts in California history. As reported by Bloomberg News, some farmers are resorting to desperate – and expensive – measures just to keep their fields from evaporating into dust:

Near California’s Success Lake, more than 1,000 water wells have failed. Farmers are spending $750,000 to drill 1,800 feet down to keep fields from going fallow. Makeshift showers have sprouted near the church parking lot.

“The conditions are like a third-world country,” said Andrew Lockman, a manager at the Office of Emergency Services in Tulare County, which is located in the middle of the state’s agricultural Central Valley about 175 miles north of Los Angeles.

The state is entering its fourth year of what has become a record drought. California’s 38 million-plus residents and the $43 billion agriculture industry have consumed so much groundwater that it is now below the reach of existing wells. As such, thousands of Californians have been left with dry taps as farmers have been forced to dig even deeper for water. The situation has become so dire that Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has ordered the first mandatory water rationing in California history.

Wells are drying up faster than new water sources can be found

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