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I am not a big fan of the popular positions on AGW, solar energy, the train-to-nowhere, or Brown’s water tunnels. And I really don’t like the drought. All seem like massive wastes of money, power grabs or in the case of the drought, something totally out of my control.
However, let me try to tie them all together into on synergistic solution. We have a cement-river-that-runs-uphill going south to L.A. This requires energy. The river is open so it loses a lot of water to evaporation which would be OK if it rained in the hills afterward. But alas, remember the drought.
My suggestion is that we cover the cement-river-that-runs-uphill with solar panels on lightweight frames similar to what Marshall Hospital is using. This would shade the cement-river-that-runs-uphill thus reducing evaporation. The land already is owned by the public, hence we do not need to buy land. The energy created could be used to run the pumps for the cement-river-that-runs-uphill and to run desalination plants and pumps thus creating more water for parched California.
Since we can store the water, we will not need backup rapid start generation facilities should the sun not be shining. To fund this, I suggest diverting the funds from the train-to-nowhere and Brown’s tunnel projects. The synergistic benefits are that we save water and create a new source of water while using green technology that doesn’t generate greenhouse gases, both H2O and CO2, and stops the wasteful boondoggles of the train-to-nowhere and the Brown’s tunnels.