Apr 20, 2015

5 Corporations Sucking California Dry During the Drought

Jake Anderson April 20, 2015

ANTIMEDIA) As most people in the country know by now, California is currently suffering from a severe, record-breaking drought. In fact, it’s the worst drought in 1,200 years. While Governor Jerry Brown recently issued a mandate for people to start conserving water, large corporations use up and waste vastly more water than individuals and small businesses; often in ways that are wasteful and detrimental to the environment. Let’s take a look at five of the most massive corporations in California that are the worst culprits when it comes to wasting water:

1. Nestle Nestle, once mainly known for its chocolate bars, is now becoming increasingly notorious for the way it uses up water in its bottled water products. Nestle, of course, has been criticized for using up water in drought-stricken third world countries. However, it is also doing this right at home in California. For example, one of the places where Nestle gets water is on the Morongo Reservation in the Cabazon region of the state. This is an area where groundwater levels of water have been steadily declining in recent years.

 2. Harris Ranch Harris Cattle Ranch is the largest producer of beef in California. At last count, it produced more than 150 million pounds of beef per year. While much of the attention on conserving water is focused on individuals, the fact is that more than 90% of the water used in California is used by agriculture. Cows consume more than twenty times as much water as humans. Crops such as soybeans and corn, which are heavily subsidized by the government, also use up massive amounts of water.

3. Occidental Petroleum Occidental Petroleum is one of the oil companies in California that use enhanced oil recovery techniques, more commonly known as ‘fracking’. This is a practice that has become increasingly controversial due to potential health risks and suspected fracking-related seismic activity. Fracking also uses up large amounts of water. According to one estimate, a single well may use more than 5 million gallons of water to extract resources. Recent evidence also suggests that fracking companies have dumped waste water into aquifers, which contaminates the water with pollutants such as heavy metals and radiation.

4. California Dairies, Inc. California Dairies, Inc. is the largest dairy processing cooperative in the state, producing 43% of California’s milk and 9% of the milk of the entire country. Along with beef, dairy production is another practice that uses up incredible amounts of water. It actually takes as much as 30 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.

5. Paramount Farming Paramount Farming is the largest producer in the nation of nuts such as almonds and pistachios. Almond production alone uses up more water than is used by both residents and businesses in Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. Most nuts grown in California are exported to various parts of the world. California’s drought is a serious and complex issue. Solving it will take an effort on the part of many people, including individuals, politicians and businesses.

When studying this issue, however, it’s important not to ignore the considerably more massive part played by large companies. We have seen what happens on a geopolitical level when vital resources begin to dwindle, and I’m not talking about Frank Herbert’s Dune, which features a planet in which the scarcity of water has made it the most precious of substances. People can help to conserve water in many ways. More importantly, in addition to using less water with everyday tasks, people can pay more attention to what type of products they buy and consume. If you are interested in the macro view of water conservation, consider boycotting the companies and industries listed above.

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Apr 10, 2015

UPDATED: SHARE THIS! Your congressman has sold you OUT! Yet they still TRASH OBAMA on HEALTH INSURANCE!

Why did we do Obamacare?  To reel in the medical industries' greedy on something everyone eventually needs in life--occasional health care!

Did you read that?  Obama said SHREWD insurance companies will do ANYTHING for profits,    Which is why I did Obamacare to REGULATE THEM.  They'll get THEIRS when we go to MEDICARE FOR ALL!

Dems want people to pay into the system through payroll deductions from their first job and all after.   Doesn't that make sense?  Do you agree, Repubs, or should we others pay their way because they game the system and then want it free til they get older, or pregnant?

Republicans say:   Don't have money?  Too bad for YOU!  Either work, or go instead from the ER to the Funeral Home.   Reagan changed that.  Hospitals HAVE TO TAKE the critically sickly in crisis to the ER.

 But what about the elderly, the handicapped like mentally or physically impaired, or those dying with slow cancer?

 One in 80 children are born with mental or physical handicaps, like Autism,  That's a HUGE number of kids and NO POLITICIANS are talking about this!

Austic kids, ( 1 out of 80!)  who need continual therapy to become independent or else, they'll LOSE their advances!   What about THEM?   Still, we want to cut off Medicaid?  You only want a healthy citizenry...and let others DIE if they get sick?   How's that for DEATH PANELS:  if you can't afford it, DIE--we don't owe you anything!  Tell THAT to your grandchildren!

IS THAT the GUMMENT yu want?   Maybe you should send this to your GOVERNOR so he should change his focus from attracting OUTSIDE corporate investment to his own PEOPLE who already LIVE HERE!

How many of your potential VOTERS have a kid, a nephew, a grandchild with special needs with a ratio of  1:80???   Maybe the Republican "You're on your own" isn't gonna wash in America!

NO LONGER ALLOWED under Obamacare!

Time now to start OBAMACARE II ... the Affordable part!  Start with Congress letting Americans buy health care in Canada, elsewhere.  Oh US drug companies would HATE THAT for they bribed Congress to keep their prices secret and outrageous!   Fix it, publicize it, solve it!

Why are US Congressmen sitting on their hands ignoring all this?   Because health care lobbyists are so generous to them, that's why!!     Start with the Republicans and look at their DONORS focused only on PROFITS!  And then move on to your Democrats who take medical campaign donations to make them lay back and be quiet!

THIS IS A CONGRESSIONAL PROBLEM for Congressmen of both parties willingly take their money!   Force them to fix it.  TELL THEM if they won't, you'll replace them.  How?

Trash them on your local internet.  And to your friends.   Don't allow them to win based on yard signs!

Look at YOUR OWN US Rep!   Vote him OUT if he's on the drug company and hospital TAKE for his vote that keeps you POOR!!

IF YOU AGREE, SHARE THIS to your other friends.

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