Thanks, Santa Maria Times, for keeping the water situation front and center. Some things we can do without, water is not one of them.
Carlsbad and Hermosa Beach have desalination plants under construction. Very forward-thinking for them to do this, and they don't even have agriculture or ranching to worry about.
The bad news is their plants will run on grid electricity, meaning more CO2 added to atmosphere and more warming that caused their water shortage.
We need to take a closer look at nuclear power, especially the promising new technologies like thorium LFTR reactors that eliminate 95 percent of objections to nuclear. Existing, problematic light-water uranium reactors are 60-year-old technology.
Thorium reactors produce small waste that vanishes in decades, not millenia. Thorium reactors can actually use uranium reactor waste as fuel. Thorium is abundant, cheaper than coal, and terrorists can't make a bomb from it. The U.S. built a successful thorium reactor at Oak Ridge Labs in the 1960s, then abandoned the technology because it would not make atomic bomb materials for the Cold War.
Wind and solar are great, but top climate scientists like James Hansen and James Lovelock, who publish peer reviewed research, say only nuclear can replace the vast power output of fossil fuel.
The Times is commended for calling for desalination. A thorium reactor will provide all our electricity and do desalination as a byproduct. Time to think outside the box and act boldly on climate change, before more severe consequences set in.