I’m of the personal opinion that logic and politics are mutually exclusive. They cannot exist in the same space-time continuum. Otherwise we wouldn’t have governors jetting to Vatican City to claim the world is sliding irreversibly towards climate meltdown while others are frightening people about the coming ice age.
California Gov. Jerry Brown was recently with the Pope at a summit of mayors in Vatican City. Why U.S. mayors and governors are in Vatican City talking about things none of us can control when there are challenges at home we can fix is beyond me.
Brown claims that global warming has mankind on an irreversible collision course with extinction, which according to my college-level philosophy courses mean there’s no turning back.
Whether we should permanently pack our winter clothes or begin stocking up on ice axes and snow shovels, the sad fact remains that the hyperbole from both sides of the debate, Gov. Brown included, offer no clear solutions to the challenges we face.
That’s politics: point to a problem; blame someone else and neglect the real leadership of utilitarian solutions.
Speaking specifically of California, we’re doing nothing to address the breakdown of infrastructure in the Delta that some predict could leave us with salt water all the way to Sacramento with an earthquake in just the right place.
Neither are we doing anything to address our aging water infrastructure which has not been upgraded since Brown’s father was governor and President Kennedy was in the White House.
That was 20 million people ago.
What if the energy used to blame others and the capital spent on bullet trains was instead devoted to the real needs of a state that is home to about 12 percent of the U.S. population? The calls some 40 years ago to raise Shasta Dam were said to be too expensive – it would cost us millions of dollars and take decades to build, they said back in the 1970's.
I do not hear or see any public official or candidate for public office with a clear and concise message that unites agricultural and urban residents to the benefit of both.
Instead, all I hear are excuses and accusations without the solutions to solve California’s challenges.