Among the excuses Melbourne Water offered for not building a dam but a hugely expensive desalination plant that’s not now needed:
New dams do not create any new water. They simply take it from somewhere else—either from farmers who currently rely on it or from the environment…
Unfortunately, we cannot rely on this kind of rainfall like we used to…
Climate change—while the Mitchell River has flooded recently, investing billions of dollars in another rainfall-dependent water source in the face of rapidly changing climate patterns is very risky.
Relying on “the science”, of course:
From The Age, August 30, 2009:
“A three-year collaboration between the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO has confirmed . . . that the 13-year drought is not just a natural dry stretch but a shift related to climate change . . .
“In the minds of a lot of people, the rainfall we had in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was a benchmark, [said the bureau’s Bertrand Timbal]. . .
But Melbourne’s water storages today:
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