Shock doctrine, Mulroy style

CRITICS of the Las Vegas pipeline proposed for the Great Basin will find almost every argument they’ve made in 20 years of protesting the project distilled in one witty, furious burst in today’s Aguanomics posting by UC Berkeley natural resources economist David Zetland.

Zetland whipped it out on the news earlier today that Utah has finally complied with Nevadan demands for Great Basin groundwater. This follows a dare last week by Southern Nevada Water Authority general manager Patricia Mulroy (pictured above, click on the photos for captions) to her board to vote against the pipeline.

Mulroy predicted empty hydrants and water once a week if they didn’t come to heel.

Beware of shock doctrine tactics, argues Zetland.

Bankruptcy in the Mojave

IMAGE OF THE DAY: an unfinished shopping mall in Summerlin, Howard Hughes’ “masterplanned” community in Greater Las Vegas. From Las Vegas Sun photographer Steve Marcus with story by Steve Green. To read it, click on the abandoned building site.

Fresno city ranked sustainability leader as county seeks disaster status

AS California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in calling on the Obama administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for Fresno County today, AP / SF Chronicle, the City of Fresno received top ranking in the “sustainability index” of an UC Davis report “Achieving Sustainability in California’s Central Valley.”

From the UC Davis press release: The population of California’s Central Valley is expected to balloon from 7 million to 12 million people in the next 30 years, making it the fastest growing region anywhere in the U.S. or Mexico. Can the valley’s communities be that big and green as well? 

“I am actually pretty pessimistic about the possibility,” said associate professor Mark Lubell, the lead author of a new UC Davis review of 100 Central Valley cities’ growth policies.

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