I thought this was interesting, could it be that Jerry Brown is key to droughts, since he was governor on both occasions?!
1/17/14 SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a drought emergency in California as the state struggles with the least amount of rainfall in its 153-year history, reservoir levels fall and firefighters remain on high alert.
“We are in an unprecedented, very serious situation,” said Brown, who asked California residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 20 percent. “Hopefully, it will rain eventually. But in the meantime, we have to do our part.” The drought declaration also streamlines the rules for water agencies to transfer extra water from one part of the state to another, easing shortages. It also directs the state to hire more seasonal firefighters, limits the landscaping of highways and raises public awareness. Brown was governor in 1976 and 1977, one of California’s most severe dry periods in the 20th century. The most recent extended drought was from 1987 to 1992.
“The Sierra Nevada snowpack on Thursday was 17 percent of normal. And last year, most cities in the state received the lowest amount of rain in any living Californian’s lifetime. The rainfall records go back to 1850. For the past 13 months, a huge high-pressure ridge in the atmosphere has sat off the West Coast, diverting storms that normally would bring winter rain northward to Canada. As a result, reservoir levels are low, farmers and ranchers are suffering, and fire danger is at an extreme level. “Farmers across California face wrenching decisions today, as well as in coming months,” Wenger said. “Will they have enough water to plant crops, to water their livestock, and keep trees and vines alive?”
“An additional concern is how many people they may have to lay off as a result of water shortages. Any way the state and federal governments can provide assistance in adding water to the system will help. So far, farmers have been affected more by the dry conditions than most California residents. Although many residents think that population growth is the main driver of water demand statewide, it actually is agriculture. In an average year, farmers use 80 percent of the water used by people and businesses — 34 million acre-feet from a total of 43 million acre-feet that is diverted from rivers, lakes and groundwater, according to the state Department of Water Resources.”
January 14, 2014 Tuesday
This morning I woke up with a thought. What if this drought we are in turns out to be the worst on record? What if the summer turns out to be the hottest on record? How will this drought affect one of the top 10 economies in the world? Would water become our most expensive commodity?
No rain water for the valley would affect all of the agriculture in our state. It would affect our fruit trees and our forest. There will be forest fires like never before, and the cost would be great. Construction would slow down, maybe come to a halt, because you need water to build. California’s great economy would stop, and people would be forced to leave this state. The exodus would take away the tax base that our politicians use for their own desires in defiance of God and His word.
Why would God do this? DOES God do this? In my study on morality and immorality, I saw how God set up spiritual laws that will take affect when man sins become so great. When man becomes so immoral in a city or state or nation, the earth will vomit him out. If a drought took in the whole state, could it be that the earth wants to remove man with all his immorality from California?
What has the state of California done that would make its cup of inequity full? Our leaders never think of calling on God or looking into His word on how to resolve the problems of our state or nation. Look at the laws they have passed in the last 5 years and ask yourself if any of these laws bring glory to God; if any of them are the right way?
God says to His children that it is not the time to be fearful, but to see the opportunities He will give us. If water will become the most expensive commodity, then what should His children (the wise) be doing with the instruction and leading of the Holy Spirit?