I was driving in southern California and after driving for miles and miles in an arid, desert like part of that state and I notice a speck of green about 5 or 6 miles ahead of me. It was an orange grove in the middle of the barrenness. Many thoughts went thr0ught my head as to just how that happened. I have never discussed it with anyone and reasonably thought it might be some kind of experiment dealing with hydroponics wondering how they got water out here. That was about it.
Believe it or not during the first Gulf war I heard the word desalination for the very first time and have since come to realize this technology is common in that part of the world. The biggest deterrent to this process is "costs". Most of the world's desalination plants are in the middle ease and of course "money" is not a problem. There are something like 1500 such plants operating that supply fresh water from sea water.
I have often wondered how much of what we need to do is thwarted by costs. As I have mentioned more than once to have an objective value system based on rarity in a growing population is absolute stupidity. Anyone with half a brain can predict what will eventually happen. Some will no longer have the "money" to live on this planet. What is the hell do we do then?
In another post I noted most of the people on this planet live in "economic" centers that allow them to make the money they need to survive. Much of the land has been abandoned simply because it is too expensive to supply the necessary technology to make it inhabitable for human survival or there is no way the human can find a way to earn a living so they crowd into these economic centers.
In ancient times it was understandable how having something of value such as food or gold or whatever as a bartering vehicle made sense as there was no other way to exchange resources whether it be food, clothing, housing or labor. Have we not slept since then. We have the technology, certainly the manpower and the knowledge to "change" our "primitive economic system" to one that is not based on rarity. Something as simple as credits that would be unlimited in abundance but controlled that would allow us to do what we have to do to remedy the problems we are faced with.
So much of what we need to do is determined by what we can afford to do. Putting people back to work and have an economic system that can reward them for their efforts is the answer. Educating them to the enormous responsibility of bringing children in this world and utilizing safe natural birth control methods will work. Of course it will take time but it can be done if we take economic limitations out of those equations. We will be able to do what we need to do. Once we spread people out and give them something to do along with valuable education procedures we will curb population growth as we learn we are not as "crowded" as we think we are. IMO
Now I could be all wet and there are just not enough resources, existing or developing, to go around. I have no idea whether that is true or not. I just know there is a tremendous amount of waste and once we begin to do the "right" thing, rather than the "profitable" thing we will solve most of our problems. We will spend billions putting in oil transmission lines, what about water transmission lines. Traveling much of the United States I have noted hundreds of thousands of acres of land not being used for anything. Put water there and watch it grow. Along with stifled alternative, natural energy sources and I think we will find we have more than enough room for every soul on this planet and then some.
I'm looking of some help here. Is this thinking off the wall or is there some truth to it. I so very much hope there is some validity to it, for if there isn't, were screwed if we continue with the primitive economic system we have used since we drew on cave walls. Like I said, we have slept since then. I think we have the technology and if we use it to do the right thing then it will all be worth it. IMO
Ok, time to beat me up. Please tell me where I am all wet.