California Drought – Stupid and Mean grabs a few headlines
In California, and other places in the West where drought is digging in, we’ve all been inundated by drought stories. Some alarmist, some with very helpful information, some pretty dumb. But up until now we haven’t seen really Stupid and Mean stories.
As reported in the Los Angeles Times last week, the group Californians for Population Stabilization is blaming immigrants for California’s drought. This is such a stupid and mean perspective, that it’s hard to know where to start. But, last time I checked, Beverly Hills is required to cut their water use by 36%; immigrant folks who work the fields in the Central Valley are losing their jobs (and their communities’ water supply), not the people who live in Malibu.
Blaming the drought on immigrants “doesn’t fit the facts,” said William Patzert, a climatologist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The drought is caused by meager snowpack and poor planning, he said, “not because the immigrants are drinking too much water or taking too many showers.”
It would be nice to think that we could ignore racists like Californians for Population Stabilization, but unfortunately they’ve been around for a number of decades and don’t seem to completely fade away. Here’s hoping the outrageousness of their recent allegations discredit these folks once and for all.