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    Quote Originally Posted by Coyote View Post
    I don't know, but I imagine that when you factor in care and maintenance, even gravel is better at keeping CO2 out of the atmosphere than ornamental lawns.
    Extremely doubtful.

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    People are working on it, its difficult to be able to do this economically. Didn't they build a 1 billion dollar desalination plant in southern california fairly recently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    Do people mow, fertilize, and water their trees and shrubs like with grass? I kind of doubt it. I think mostly it's just the maintenance of keeping a lawn that undoes any co2 benefit. Instead, people should grow some kind of no-mow drought tolerant groundcover and quit being so obsessive about the lawn looking like the 8th hole at Pebble Beach.

    Also, it would probably be a lot more cost effective to work on pipeline systems to bring water down from the Pacific Northwest and Canada (where they have an unused surplus of fresh water which runs into the sea every year.)

    But desalinization wouldn't hurt either.
    That sounds very expensive. Long way to go for something that does not contain oil.

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    People are working on it, its difficult to be able to do this economically. Didn't they build a 1 billion dollar desalination plant in southern california fairly recently?
    Other countries do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puzzling Evidence View Post
    It's like we're afraid to address it, though. Yet another case of "let's cut funding to save money."

    Actually Saudi Arabia is the global leader.

    They even have infrastructure to capture almost every drop of rain.

    Last I heard, California had 17 desalination plants under construction.

    There really is no need for a water shortage if we are motivated to fix it.

    Problem is that those plants are expensive so you've got to find the money for them.

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