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Drought Politics: Pat Bates Baits Union-Tribune Readers with Doomsday Scenario

By Debbie Cook
Special to the Surf City Voice

On March 11, the San Diego Union-Tribune posted an op-ed, “Desalination makes sense for Orange County”, written by Assemblywoman Pat Bates (Laguna Niguel). It is unclear why she was addressing the California Coastal Commission since the project was not on its March agenda.

The paper chose not to allow comments on her article. So here is my response to her piece which reads as if lifted from a Poseidon Resources press release.


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Opposition to Santa Margarita Water District’s Plan to Suck Desert Water Grows from the Desert to the Sea

By Mark Gutglueck
The San Bernardino County Sentinel
Reprinted with permission

Belated opposition is hurriedly forming to a plan that would pump an average of 50,000 acre-feet of water per year out of the aquifer in San Bernardino County’s eastern Mojave Desert and convey it in a pipeline to Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties to replenish the water supply there.

The Santa Margarita Water District, which services an

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Water Privatization & Desalination: Lessons from Australia

By Ian Douglas
Special to the Surf City Voice

Australians are battling to come to terms with the impacts of the oft-criticized process of national water reform. The ongoing, abrasive debate surrounding the Basin Plan being drafted by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, outrage over the spiraling costs of currently redundant desalination plants and public protests about sky-rocketing water charges typify the predicament.

Australian water

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Carchio to Surf City Voice: ‘Shame on you!’

Huntington Beach Councilmember Joe Carchio lashed back at the Surf City Voice today for a commentary that criticized him, three other city council members and one HB planning commissioner for sitting at a table with Poseidon CEOs at a recent water summit that depicted environmentalists as villains and desalination as one solution to the water management crisis in the state of California.

The OC Water Summit, held May 14 at Disneyland’s Grand Californian hotel, which is currently in the middle of a major labor struggle with members of a hotel union, was organized by two Orange County water

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Poseidon Adventure: How your tax dollars fund water privatization

Poseidon, god of the sea.

Poseidon, god of the sea.

Poseidon Resources Inc., a multinational water entrepreneur, wants to build desalination plants in the cities of Huntington Beach and Carlsbad in California. Desalination is the most energy intensive and costly source of drinking water and Poseidon always said that their projects would be funded completely with private sector dollars. Local elected

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‘No Cost’ Desal Costs A Lot: How your tax dollars created the desalination industry

By John Earl
Surf City Voice

Part III of a series. Originally published May 5, 2009

Poseidon Resources Inc.’s website claims that the desalination plant it wants to build in southeast Huntington Beach, at Newland and Beach avenues, will be a “cost-effective solution to provide residents with a safe and reliable water supply by using existing structures—at no cost to taxpayers.”

Elected officials who voted to approve the desalination plant three years ago have consistently echoed Poseidon’s claim: Poseidon would privately own and operate the plant for

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Know You H20: How to solve our water crisis sensibly

This animated video by the Surfrider Foundation examines the reasons for our current water crisis and offers sensible solutions, in a very entertaining format for all ages.

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