Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
We can pipe oil and gas all over the U.S., but how about water? Nada.
I can live without the first two. Our country needs another stimulus project, so let it be fresh water! In addition to accessing natural reservoirs like the Great Lakes, we can develop giant new flood retention water basins on all the major rivers with wind- and solar-powered pumping stations dotting the horizon. After all, access to water isn’t always local.
This is a politician’s dream. All across America, hundreds of thousands of new infrastructure jobs, funded by a small tax on potable water, could be created for many decades.
There could be new hunting and fishing areas for sportsmen; the NRA won’t object, and environmentalists will be preserving newly created wilderness while we’re using renewable resources to reallocate fresh water to cities and farms 24/7 across the country just as the need arises.
It’s the “just in time” water wagon. Can’t you hear the fish jumping, the geese honking, the elk bellowing and see the corn growing? What’s not to like?