Tom Engelhardt asks the question I’ve wondered about Atlanta’s drought: what happens if there literally is no more water? Unfortunately, there don’t appear to be any answers.
The politics of a ‘dry’ Atlanta, or more accurately, a failed response to a ‘dry’ Atlanta, could really crack up the Republican coalition. One of the bulwarks of the Southern Republican base is conservative, white suburbs (and exurbs). What happens when they don’t have water? FEMA rides to the rescue?
[the Mad Biologist laughs himself silly]
This essentially would be Katrina without the storm–and it would keep going on and on. One doesn’t ‘rebuild’ from a drought. Mind you, I’m not hoping this happens–I have relatives in Atlanta, but if a major city and its white Republican suburbs dry up, this could be the death knell for Republican laissez-faire.
An aside: I remember reading that we lose up to a fifth of our available water because the infrastructure to transport it is so old. If that’s correct, this seems like something a sane government (i.e., not the administration of Little Lord Pontchartrain) would want to fund.