California Stops Drinking Water To Put Out Fires
California’s Mendocino Complex fires are the largest the state has ever had, and it has blazed more than 300,000 acres. While houses are burning and people are dying, President Donald Trump offered this scorching evaluation: “California wildfires are being magnified and made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!”
The president, in the first portion of the tweet, is blaming environmental laws for fresh water being poured into the ocean. And, he’s correct.
California article VIII Chapter 2 Subsection 25 clearly states, “In order to save the borrowing owl or the delta smelt, each Californian must dump at least one bottle of water into the ocean daily.”
This law requires every Californian from Riverside, to Needles, to Redding to pour a bottle of water into the ocean daily. Some residents, overly concerned about the environment, fill up truckloads with gallons of water and dump them into the Pacific.
Activists have started a Meetup group called Water Fasting. Their major goal—stop drinking water. They believe that if all Californians stop drinking fluids, the state will have enough water to fight the raging fires.
“Look, I haven’t had any water in 20 days. Water-fasting is like a new celebrity diet. You lose weight, feel naturally high all the time, and if you don’t die, you save someone’s life,” states Dave Newburger, Vice President of Water Fasting.
The group has taken several preventive measures to raise awareness and bring social responsibility to California. “We’ve stopped bathing, washing dishes, and doing laundry,” Newburger told us. “We may smell horrible, but at least we’re doing our part to save California. Plus, I’ve lost over 20 pounds by not drinking water.”
In addition, the group has boycotted water fountains and placed banners on swimming pools that read, "Every time you do a cannonball, you burn down a house."
Another local group is also working on tree clearing. Fire experts have warned that the major cause of fires are trees, so if all the trees are cut down, no fire will burn in California again. The group is working on cutting down all of the palm trees, then moving on to eucalyptus, and eventually sequoias.
“We’d start with the sequoias or the redwoods, but it takes a lot of energy and manpower to cut down those trees. So, we’re starting small, and working our way up," says Fire Chief Bill Davidson.
Davidson adds, “Look, every fire I’ve ever seen starts from tree canopies and works its way down to the ground. It’s common knowledge. Go to your fireplace right now, and try to start a fire at the bottom of the wood pile. Good luck with that. If we get to the root of the matter, the treetops, we can stop this chaos.”
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