Friday, December 31, 2004

What, us Worry?

"If one is able to divorce his interest from the future, there is nothing to worry about."

—Hydrologist Dr. Charles P. Berkey, quoted in Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water, by Marc Reisner.

Berkey was writing in 1946 about the inevitable suffocating effect of accumulating silt in the reservoirs being built to develop civilization in desert lands of the American west. He granted that other empires had risen, declined and ended, but "none of them carried, along with the agents that built them up, such relentless elements of destruction as in the present reclamation of arid lands."

Until, as the bombastic advertisements are fond of saying, now.

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