Energy-hungry desalination plants will turn all California residents into global warming sinners and destroyers of life

by Mike Adams

The irony is inescapable: In reaction to the historic drought that has transformed the California dream into California dust, the state is now embarking on the construction of a wave of desalination plants that will turn ocean water into fresh water. Tragically, these power-hungry desalination plants will be running primarily on fossil fuel-generated electricity, meaning that California residents will have to commit global warming crimes (i.e. producing carbon dioxide) every time they flush their toilets or take a shower.

Fresh water, in other words, is about to have a “fossil fuel consumption equivalent” across the state. Every gallon of water consumed will have a calculable CO2 emission profile and mercury pollution factor, meaning that a person will not be able to live in California without being a global warming sinner.

California, of course, is the state that prides itself on being progressive and environmentally conscious. Yes its non-sustainable lifestyle consumed the region’s limited fossil water supplies to the point of near-collapse. Now, it must become America’s worst carbon dioxide producer just to provide basic water supplies to its people. And where will all the natural gas and coal come from that powers these desalination plants?The very same energy-producing states that Californians typically condemn for producing fossil fuels.

Flush a toilet and you destroy the planet

Most eco-conscious Californians are unaware that the energy they use comes predominantly from fossil fuels. (See source.) Natural gas — which produces carbon dioxide when burned — generates almost half the state’s electricity. Coal generates another eight percent or so, meaning that fossil fuels provide the majority of California’s electricity. (Renewables only provide about 18 percent, and nuclear provides another nine percent or so.)

What this means is that as more and more desalination plants come online, they’ll be using primarily fossil fuels to process water — an energy-intensive operation.

“A $1 billion desalination plant to supply booming San Diego County is under construction here and due to open as early as November, providing a major test of whether California cities will be able to resort to the ocean to solve their water woes,” reports the New York Times. “Plans are far along for a large plant in Huntington Beach that would supply water to populous Orange County. A mothballed plant in Santa Barbara may soon be reactivated. And more than a dozen communities along the California coast are studying the issue.”

As each of these plants comes online, they will add an extremely high energy cost to the water consumed by California residents. Every act that consumes water — washing your hands, watering a garden, flushing a toilet — will carry a heightened ecological cost. When water simply falls out of the sky, consuming that water is ecologically sound. But when water has to be procured using extremely energy-intensive desalination systems, it can no longer be considered a “green” resource.

“[Desalination plants] will use a huge amount of electricity, increasing the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming, which further strains water supplies,” writes the New York Times, reiterating what the liberal media calls “concluded science” which claims modern-day global warming is almost entirely caused by human activity. If that’s the case, however, then Californians who consume water produced by desalination plants must categorize themselves as global warming sinners who are destroying the planet every time they drink a cup of water.

As Food and Water Watch writes:

Enormous amounts of energy are needed to force ocean water through tiny membrane filters at a high pressure. Ocean water desalination can be greater than ten times more energy intensive than other supply sources. Ocean desalination proponents, such as private corporations Poseidon Resources and American Water, plan to locate plants alongside existing coastal power plants, thus potentially spurring their emission of global warming pollution.

To be consistent with their beliefs, then, California’s environmentalists must now either reject all water consumption or leave the region. The mere act of living in California and consuming any water at all — such as flushing a toilet — will soon be a direct violation of fundamental ecological principles.

Simultaneously, California itself will become a symbol of ecological destruction as it burns fossil fuels to generate water for cities that probably never should have been built in the desert in the first place.

Ironically, California’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels to produce water will worsen the drought, according to those who follow the global warming narrative. Even according to the New York Times as stated above, fossil fuel-powered desalination will cause California to accelerate its own demise as it contributes to a worsening of global warming. This, ecologically speaking, is a “spiral of death” that can only lead to California ultimately becoming all but uninhabitable by humans.

Desalination also destroys ocean life

Desalinating ocean water, by the way, has destructive ecological consequences far beyond the fossil fuels needed to power it.

“Both the intake of seawater and the disposal of excess salt into the ocean can harm sea life,” explains the New York Times. “Sucking in huge amounts of seawater, for instance, can kill fish eggs and larvae by the billions.”

It also dumps concentrated salt (brine) back into the ocean, where it contaminates the water due to unusually high salt concentration, functioning as a kind of localized poison that kills off nearby marine species. “The brine, or super salty wastewater created from the desalination process, also has the potential to upset our delicate coastal ecosystems,” writes Food and Water Watch.

This means the daily consumption of water in California is not just equated with carbon dioxide emissions… it also directly contributes to the death of life in the Pacific Ocean.

In the near future dominated by desalination, then, merely living in California makes you a bad person because you are killing ocean life and destroying the environment with every drop of water you consume or waste.

“Desalination of the sea is not the answer to our water problems. It is survival technology, a life support system, an admission of the extent of our failure.” — John Archer (Food and Water Watch Desalination Report – PDF)

Californians about to put evil corporations in charge of their water lifeline

There’s another surprising angle on all this: Shifting to water desalination puts “evil corporations” in charge of your water lifeline. As Food and Water Watch writes:

Ocean desalination provides a new opportunity for private corporations to own and sell water. Currently, there is little regulation of these facilities, creating the possibility that private corporations would rate-gouge thirsty populations — similar to what happened in the Enron energy scheme.

Corporate control of water supplies is a top concern among environmentalists and those focused on “environmental justice.” When corporations like Nestle seize control of water systems in third world countries, the company is (rightly) condemned by activists who point out that water should never be controlled by for-profit corporations that can price gouge the local population. Yet that’s exactly what California is now pursuing!

As we all learned from the Enron fiasco, when there’s money to be made, corporations consistently place profits as a higher priority than human compassion or human rights. To hand over a significant portion of the state’s water supply to for-profit corporations is to invite an inevitable humanitarian catastrophe as those corporations realize people can be forced to pay almost anything for water.

Population reduction is the “ultimate solution” to the water problem, say death-promoting extremist scientists

To save the state from a hydrological collapse, water must now be portrayed as evil. People who consume water must be tattled on, reported to authorities or publicly humiliated. Social pressures will now turn California into a state where un-showered people living in overpriced homes manicured with dead lawns and abandoned swimming pools will triple stack their toilet bowls before flushing in order to live within their own self-imposed boundaries of ecological guilt. They will drink their own recycled urine, condemn corporate-owned water bottling plants and vandalize golf courses as a form of ecological protest.

And yet, despite their best efforts, every breath they exhale will be their own personal reminder of how they are destroying the planet. It’s not just the CO2 they’re exhaling, of course: it’s also the water that’s lost with each breath. Replacing that water now requires contributing to global warming by burning fossil fuels, meaning the very act of human respiration is a crime against the planet if you live in California.

The solution to all this, according to an alarming number of technology billionaires, death-loving scientists and radical activists, is to forcibly reduce human population. If the mere act of breathing makes you a threat to the planet, then the world can be saved by literally stopping a few billion people breathing, they believe.

Remember Bill Gates’ famous population reduction equation? As I wrote in this Natural News article in 2010:

In a recent TED conference presentation, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to new vaccine efforts, speaks on the issue of CO2 emissions and its effects on climate change. He presents a formula for tracking CO2 emissions as follows: CO2 = P x S x E x C.

P = People
S = Services per person
E = Energy per service
C = CO2 per energy unit

Then he adds that in order to get CO2 to zero, “probably one of these numbers is going to have to get pretty close to zero.”

Following that, Bill Gates begins to describe how the first number — P (for People) — might be reduced. He says:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

It’s no surprise, then, that vaccines given to young women in Kenya were recently found to be spiked with sterilization chemicals for population control. “We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.”

It’s also no surprise that many academics in the United States, such as Dr. Eric Pianka, openly talk about solving the population problem with weaponized viral pandemics. “Dr. Eric R. Pianka, a Texas ecologist and herpetologist … suggested during a meeting at the Texas Academy of Sciences that, were Ebola to become airborne, it would likely kill 90 percent of the human population and instantly solve what he called the ‘overpopulation problem.'” (Natural News)

Similarly, Dr. Charles Arntzen, head of The Biodesign Institute for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, publicly joked about using a genetically engineered virus to kill off 25 percent of the population: (SOURCE)

Has anybody seen “Contagion?” (laughter) That’s the answer! Go out and use genetic engineering to create a better virus. (laughter) Twenty-five percent of the population is supposed to go in “Contagion.”

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