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Pipeline not a pipe dream
by Larry Wilson
Aug 23, 2010 | 676 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Wanted: truck drivers, welders, carpenters, operating engineers, secretaries, flag men, electricians, et al to work on the biggest project since the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United States. When will it be built? Who knows? Does it need to be built? You bet.

The whole country wants to put people back to work in meaningful jobs. The desert states also need water. So why not undertake a project to build desalinization plants along our coasts and pipe the fresh water overland to fill their reservoirs?

Once the pipeline is built, more people will be needed to manage and maintain the pipeline. This would provide job security for thousands of workers for decades in the future. With more water available, more people will move into the areas, thereby creating a need for more housing, which will create even more jobs.

Who will pay for this project? The government will pay for it out of various revenue sources that will be generated once the pipelines and plants are constructed.

Other than workers, who will benefit from the construction of this project? Suppliers of the materials to build the project will benefit from its construction. Farmers and ranchers in the desert states will have access to more water than ever before to conduct their various functions. Water-related recreational businesses will thrive by selling their toys. Cities will benefit as new residents move in and require housing, schools and businesses to sustain their way of life. This will add more jobs in the construction, business and education fields. Revenues from sales, property and income taxes will increase and can be used to further finance the project.

Some would argue that this kind of project has never been done before, but it has — in Israel from the port of Haifa to the Jordan Valley. The farming that takes place in the Jordan Valley has turned that area into a latter-day Garden of Eden and boosted the economy of Israel along with it. Just because it has never been done has never stopped the American people before. That is why we have so many people wanting to live in our country: We are foresighted in many areas and now is not the time to stop that aspect of our country’s claim to fame.

No one had ever sent a man to the moon until we did it in 1969. So if we can accept the challenge of sending a man to the moon, we can surely build a pipeline that will boost our economy for decades to come. All the American people need is a challenge and heaven knows they also need a boost to their psyche right now.

Currently in Nevada, a major challenge is being waged over one of our U.S. Senate seats, but neither candidate has put forth any plan for the creation of jobs to boost the economy of Nevada and the country as a whole. This pipeline is not a pipe dream. This project can be done. The two major candidates need to think out of the box a bit more.

In the 1950s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his cabinet did just that with the construction of our Interstate Highway System. That project put people to work and raised revenues all across the board. Initially, the Interstate Highway System was built for the military to have quicker access to all parts of our country. Ultimately, it provided faster access for goods to be shipped across the country. It also has done wonders for the economy as a whole, simply because a few leaders thought out of the box before that type of thinking became cliché.    

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at
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August 25, 2010
Not a bad idea, but the problem is government (taxpayer)money. The same idea has floated around in Southern, Central and Coastal California for generations. Even in communities that are near the ocean and pipeline costs are smaller, the desalination, pumping, maintaining, and disposal of biproducts push the end product price way up. To borrow(since we don't have) money so our children and grand children have to pay for a mega project is wrong minded. Thinking out of the box should start by thinking how private entities bear the cost/risk and the taxpayer benefits along with the private entity. In other words STOP THINKING GOVERNMENT(TAXPAYER) MONEY IS LIMITLESS. One other idea might be a non-government funded rail line linking Alaska to the lower 48 to open up more commerce. It could lead to a Transcontinental rail line from N. America to Asia. Since Reno/Sparks is actually WEST of Los Angeles, the main line could possibly go through Nevada!
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