Steven Greenhut, the author of the Pacific Research Institute and also director of the R Street Institute, told the Northern California Record via email that reformed policy goals that focus on abundance over scarcity may present a solution.
He said: “Adopting abundance means a state policy that is focused on meeting the water needs of residents and farmers, and not simply focused on promoting conservation and even rationing. There is nothing wrong with conservation, of course. But only 5.7 percent of the state’s water is used by residences. It means building more water infrastructure, developing desalination, and other projects such as water recycling. “
Likewise, Greenhut noted that no significant new water storage facilities had been built in the state of California since the 1970s when the population was less than half what it is today. In this sense, the government projects for the storage of water that have been approved by the voters have not yet been launched, nor have the construction processes begun, so the reservoirs have reached a minimum that marks history.
Thus, Greenhut said: “Although the state’s reservoirs are horribly low during the current drought, it will actually rain again. The key is to capture more water in the wet years, so we have it in the dry years. This requires planning. “
In this sense, the administration of the current governor of the state of California, Gavin Newsom, is facing criticism about the little progress that has been seen in forest fire prevention issues.
Similarly, Greenhut said: “That’s a pretty incredible story, as is CapRadio’s underlying story about the governor’s statements on wildfire prevention. Dan Kolkey wrote a fabulous chapter in Saving California detailing real solutions to devastating wildfires that really help our climate change efforts, like using funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for forest reduction efforts.”
On the other hand, Governor Gavin Newsom was in charge of signing a wildfire law with which he grants a total of $ 536 million dollars this spring to begin developing all the projects and financing all the fire departments and protection civil.
Greenhut said: “Wildfire mitigation involves several crucial but mundane-sounding issues, such as utility regulation and insurance rules. But sadly, our state leaders tend to ignore the basics until they have a crisis on their hands. Our state is totally salvageable. We simply have to focus on practical political solutions. “