Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts

Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts

Friday, September 10, 2010

Carville Left Scratching Hairless Head

Diversion of Mississippi
New Plan for Gulf Coast Recovery

9.10.2010 by Winsip Custer CPW News Service

Complimenting the Energy Department's plan to turn the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone exacerbated by the BP spill into the world's largest algae farm for a  bio-fuel production site is the rerouting of the Mississippi River to the arid Southwest...Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  At a cost of about $20 billion...a figure matching BP's projected clean up of the Gulf...the plan was outlined by Council on Foreign Relations and James A Baker Center for Public Policy member and professor at Houston's Rice University, Douglas Brinkley.

A resident of Austin, Texas, Mr. Brinkley outlined the broad features for the plan on Anderson Cooper's CNN news program in response to James Carville's dire concerns that the Obama administration was doing little to help the clean up efforts.

I asked  representatives at the James A Baker Center for Public Policy and Rice University if they were aware of the Louisiana Economic Development Commissions 2009 plan to support the bio-fuel from algae program and whether they were aware of a 1976 plan to divert the Mississippi to West Texas...a plan commissioned by the US Department of the Interior.

So far, representatives of these two institutions have not returned phone calls.  

We called engineering professors from LSU who conducted a study of the Mississippi's diversion dating back to a joint effort by LSU, the Department of the Interior and Army Corp of Engineers in 1976 to ask if the study was being resurrected in light of Katrina and the BP disaster.  None of our calls have been returned yet.  "Water is good where ever you can find it," said an administrator who wished not to be identified.  He (or she) went on to say "if we could wash out the wetlands with the Mississippi it would be a good thing."  "But wouldn't that also wash out the algae which could be used for bio-fuels at the same time and the growth of which was enhanced by the spraying of Corexit by BP?"  I asked.  "That was, after all, the thrust of the 2009 Louisiana Economic Development Commissions report on future economic incentives for the region...algae."
She (or he) seemed unware of the program.  "A diversion of the mighty Mississippi to, say, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona in a large loop would not only irrigate vast regions of the Southwest arid farmland, but provide a boost to the width of the Rio Grande and make its crossing much more difficult.  Imagine the billions saved on the need for border fencing," I summarized for him (or her).

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.

Meanwhile, James Carville, having heard the initial description of the project reported by presidential historian, Douglas Brinkley, is still scratching his head.  His wife reports that she is concerned about the growing cranial redness and has contacted the family dermatologist

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