California Water and Infrastructure Report for December 7, 2017

California Water and Infrastructure Report for December 7, 2017

“Geopolitics, the idea that a nation, or group of nations, has the right to pursue their interest against another group of nations, has led to two World Wars in the 20th century. It should be obvious to anyone, that in the age of thermonuclear weapons, war can no longer be a method of settling conflicts, if we as a human species are not to bring about our own annihilation. Humanity is distinct from all other species known in the universe so far, in that we are capable of creative reason. This means, that we can, unlike the animal species, consciously change the mode of our existence, continuously discover new universal principles in science and culture, develop a deeper and more profound knowledge about the physical universe, of which we are the most important part. So in a certain sense it is lawful, that mankind would come up with the idea on how to overcome geopolitics, and establish a system of self-governance, which would guarantee the long term survivability of humanity.

“The concept of a ‘community of a shared future of mankind’ presented by President Xi Jinping, is exactly that idea. By putting the notion of the one mankind, defined from the standpoint of our common future, as the reference point as how to think about political, economic, social and cultural issues, President Xi has established a higher level of reason, a conceptual basis for a peace order on the whole planet.”

President Trump has taken a small but crucial step in that direction through his historic Asian tour. While he must be defended from the British-directed coup attempt, he must also be moved by an inspired citizenry to fully join the New Paradigm which is now within our grasp.

All the Trees in the British Forest Could Fall

A Note To Readers

Once again California is burning. Wildfires are sweeping through the southern part of the state this week, demonstrating once again that decades of not building infrastructure, not creating redundancy in depth to deal with “natural disasters” like wildfires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, leaves millions vulnerable.

We look back to the response of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the great Mississippi flood of 1933, beginning serious and extensive flood control projects. Projects that still today protect us all.

While the people of Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico still live in tents, with the aid provided by Congress is slowly eked out, the mayor of Houston is heading to China looking for funding for the required projects to protect his city from future hurricanes.

Last week I reported on how China will be investing $84 billion in West Virginia, creating as many as 100,000 jobs in mining, processing, manufacturing and construction.

Thus, the quote above from Helga Zepp-LaRouche, urging the Trump administration to really join with China’s Belt and Road initiative. And, as she said two days ago, “Countries which do not cooperate with the Belt and Road Initiative are going to be sidelined to the detriment of their own populations.”

In This Week’s Report

We begin with the weather and climate. Yes, it is changing and the affects of that change are becoming more dramatic and dynamic. But, I hope, most of the readers here are not led to the simplistic and wrong conclusion that grips too many, that it is all caused by mankind’s activity. I explain that a little more in the introduction to the first section of this report. Most of the articles, both those I excerpt and others along similar lines, include the usual genuflection to the idea of “man-caused climate change.”

There is no question that a warmer and drier climate has lengthened the wildfire season and exacerbated the intensity and the destructiveness of those fires. The northern California fires of October and now the southern part of the state are unprecedented, as is the record for the entire state this year. Again, most of the authors include some reference to “man-caused climate change.”

The Oroville Dam Update includes reports and the plans on the ongoing work at the dam.

As is my usual practice, all the articles below are excerpted from the originals.

The final section of this week’s report, my Feature on The American Credit System, begins with the report of how the city of Houston is turning to China to rebuild the city in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. Why? Here is a short excerpt from a report by my friend Brian Lantz in Houston:

Thousands of families are still living in tents, either in their yards, garages, and even placed inside their homes, as they await assistance–or slowly attempt repairs on their own with few resources. It is roughly estimated that more than 200,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the Houston area and Texas Gulf coast communities from Port Arthur to Corpus Christi. FEMA reports that volunteers have mucked and gutted more than 18,000 storm-damaged homes, but that number is hard to gauge, given the wide area–much of it rural–over which flooding occurred. Further, without Federal credits for financing, the area will not be protected against future hurricanes and flooding.

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