We published this article just 2 months ago, predicting the water crisis and offering solutions. Now it is time that Las Vegas serious consider leadership on the water crisis. see the article at: http://www.bootheglobalperspectives.com/article.asp?id=414
Me and my associates have a solutions. In a meeting with state leaders over 18 months ago, I suggested that water would be the most important essential element of our future. More valuable than oil, more powerful than electricity, more critical than housing, cars, schools and yes, even more important than politics. Water, or the lack thereof, determines our survival as individuals and our survival as communities. I recently moved one of my companies to New Mexico and I was at a meeting with a group of corporate presidents, and asked: "Why don't you follow me and bring your company to Las Vegas, New Mexico?" One of them replied. "Not enough water. We already checked. That town can't support our company."
There you have it in a nutshell. The flow of water is down to 18% of normal. The city has declaired an emergency. Water rates are going up 500%. We predicted it all in the article published (see the link above). We circulated the article to 142 political and business leaders in Las Vegas. The response then was a yawn.
I NOW RESPECTFULLY CHALLENGE THE PEOPLE OF LAS VEGAS, MANY OF WHOM HAVE CONTACTED ME PERSONALLY, TO ENCOURAGE YOUR LEADERS TO DISPLAY LEADERSHIP, AND A VISION OF SOLUTIONS ON WATER ISSUES. PLUS I OFFER MY ENERGY AND EXPERTISE TO HELP IN THESE SOLUTIOS.
Now is not a time for politicing, or for staking our power positions. Now is a time to put in place the decisions that will create water for our community, for our children and grandchildren, for the next 100 years. There are some 600 towns in the USA that are facing stressful water needs issues. The list will grow. The towns that display leadership, and follow our advice, using the methods and technology available today will survive. Others will simply dry up and blow away.
We all know that Las Vegas was New Mexico's largest and most powerful city, until Albuqueque's leadership encouraged the railroads to converge there. We are are now in an age where water supplies and issues are more important than railroads and highways. The highways and transportation will go to the cities that have water resources. Now is the time, we have answers, the question is, IS LAS VEGAS READY TO SET THE FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE, OR IS THE CITY GOING TO SLOWLY DRY UP?
I believe, based upon the people that I have met, that there is enough positive energy in this city, to again pull together, to put away all of the past "baggage" of disagreement and petty rivalry, and lay a foundation. I certainly am ready to do my part. Will you join me? If so email me your name and phone number and how you are willing to help. Even if you can write a letter or make a phone call, we can make a difference. Now is the time. Let me hear from you at: firstname.lastname@example.org When we get our group together, we can forge a leadership alliance to encourage positive movement on water and energy issues.
Ben B. Boothe, Sr.