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My bad I said marine when I should have said fresh water species. Other than that Marc ignores the rest of the argument and reprises the arguments in the Prop F brochure and calls me a bad liberal, the first sign of a foolish progressive who indulges in Freud's Neurosis of small difference. (People are most aggressive against people who only differ with them over small issues, not those that hold completely opposing views.) Back to the argument: Where will we get the $10 billion in this political climate? What will a Republican Congress do with the dam if San Francisco cedes its rights to the water and power? How exactly will Hetch Hetchy be restored and how much will a man made Sierra park cost in time and money?
It would take centuries for nature to restore Hetch Hetchy to its former glory or are we going to build a giant Golden Gate Park in the Sierra? What happens to the ecosystem in place now? Marine and animal life have adapted to the reservoir/lake and the rain shadow caused by it. How do we replace the free, environmentally friendly power? Let's say we vote yes for this $8 million dollar initiative and then vote to tear down the dam. A Republican controlled House of Representatives will in fact have final say about the dam. Here is exactly what will happen. They will privatize the water and the power selling it to the highest bidder and tell my fellow environmentalists to go F themselves. Hetch Hetchy should never have been damned, but it is here now as a vital, green part of our infrastructure in an era when the forces on the right are fighting every single penny in public works projects. It would be lovely for the people of the 26th century to be able to enjoy Hetch Hetchy valley, but we should focus our resources and energy elsewhere to mitigate the oncoming disaster of climate change.
We did not offer reparations at the end of prohibition so the question answers itself.
However the far more telling point is the question he raised about "the families of police officers and federal agents who died while working to destroy marijuana plantations in the United States and abroad?" Just as there is pressure not to leave Afghanistan too early because of the loss of our military men and women, there is the same unstated argument likely felt by cops that "we can't stop the drug war, because the loss of life and misery would all have been invane."
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