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They have the entire western watershed of the Sierra Nevadas and could make much better use of existing water. Solar powered desalinization is also an increasingly feasible option. Were they to return to Georgist economics many things would become possible.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 10:22:04 PM EST
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They got the whole Pacific Ocean at their feet.  They have photovoltaic and wind power potential.  

What they lack is imagination and a willingness to stop digging themselves ever deeper into a mess.

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by ATinNM on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 10:26:59 PM EST
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For desalinization photovoltaic appears a poor way in comparison to just using the thermal energy from the sun.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 05:42:08 AM EST
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A solar-thermal or combined solar electirc and solar thermal process might be most efficient. Some interesting work is being done on this on the Arabian Peninsula.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 01:11:07 PM EST
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