A call to Arkansas' Water Quality Board was received with great enthusiasm. "We had hopes in the 70's that the Federal Goverment would divert the Mississippi from Arkansas, said Rollins P Diggins from his Little Rock office. "The New York Times has written about the need for a super project like this, but they never talked about cutting the channels from Arkansas, but it makes sense. Louisiana gets enough to make algae for bio-fuel which is stored underground there in the nations stragegic energy reserve while the rest goes West to Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. It's a no-brainer. The oil companies are happy since they process the algae at their converted oil refineries along the lower Mississippi and pump product into their underground reservoirs for storage. Wha-lah....we are energy independent at last. The bulk of the water goes West to the Sun Belt where retired Baby Boomers will be lying on new lakes and in recreational areas created by the fresh flow of water. Cattlemen are happy. As are the farmers. Who saw it comin? Houston's Mayor Bill White, I believe. It was White who was the champion of the Katrina victims move from a flooded New Orleans to Houston. They will find new jobs in this important new project and who's paying for it? BP mostly! Brilliant! Brilliant!"
"Can we count on the oil industry, then, to hold fuel prices down if they are still in the driver's seat with the bio-fuel production via their converted production facilities?"
"No," said Diggins. "They'll still charge you out the nose, but it's better than payin' the Saudis or Chavez in Venezeula for their oil."
"Will the electric car, then, be derailed as it was in California with EV-1 by the oil-bio-fuel cartel that controls both deep water drilling and bio-fuel production?"
"You're out of my area of expertise," said Diggin.
For the NY Times article on the diversion see http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/19/science/19rive.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1284134477-80bnFEmYstv2bKXq6rDXOQ