I most certainly agree with many of your points (and most especially those who insist on growing grass in Arizona, for example, but that’s the tip of the iceberg) it has always been about thoughtful management of resources. When I was a kid the idea that areas could run dry was beyond the pale. So much of America was so vast and huge. Well you could say that about the salmon population, the tuna population, a great many other resources that we- the world, all of us- have not managed well. People will fight over boundaries because it’s how they identify themselves. I am not sure I agree fully — nor do we need to-about your comment about carbon footprint. I’ve not researched it so I’m in no position to opine. I knew very young that I believed in zero pop growth so I didn’t reproduce either. Interestingly, Central Florida has periods of water starvation, despite being in Florida, which is known for thunder bumpers. We had devasating annual fires during dry seasons.
I don’t have answers. I pose questions. I think as someone else said in a response we are headed for a bumpy ride. But by the same token I virulently disagree with a border wall, but then most immigration, last story I heard, has slowed way down because of ICE raids, which of course has set in motion a whole different wave of events with our farms. I grew up on one. I can relate. Chaos theory. Push here. Something falls over there.
I appreciate your thoughts and input. So many moving pieces. Part of me thinks that back in the Fifties when I was born there was a sense of limitlessness. Now there is a very real understanding of finite resources.
I wonder, and I don’t know, if we ever understood balance? How would we describe, define that in a world where so many want to protect what that have or add to it when there is ever increasing need? What defines fair? What defines who is right and who gets to suffer as a result? I think at some point we’ll be looking at conflicts. I hope not. But when it comes to water- which as you quite rightly point out we’ve mismanaged, it could come down to that. I think there’s even a piece in here about aging infrastructure leading to waste. But that’s over my pay grade.