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That's a complicating factor, but not an insurmountable obstacle. The US and Canada have a series of water treaties governing the Columbia River watershed that work well.

In fact, the 1922 Colorado River Compact ought to be renegotiated anyway. It allows an unsustainable taking of water from the river, and the allocations were drawn up during a particularly wet period, not taking into account the boom-and-bust nature of rainfall in the rivershed.

CA also imports some of its electricity, including from the Palo Verde Nuclear Station west of Phoenix. So that could require renegotiation.  But those aren't insurmountable barriers, and CA does have a lot of its own infrastructure. Besides, the state needs to reduce its per capita water and energy consumption anyway.

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Sun Nov 21st, 2010 at 06:12:19 PM EST
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