Group says climate change already has cost Idaho money for lost aquifer water

The millions of dollars the state and water users have paid to replenish the eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer is just a small part of the cost of climate change to Idaho.

The American Security Project said in a report that elevated Spring temperatures have caused snowpacks to melt early and the continued climate changes will have a long term impact on the agricultural economy of the state.

“Potato yields—a source of Idahoan pride—could drop by 18%, an annual loss of over $141 million to the gross state product,” said Dr. Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the American Security Project. Moreover, potatoes are an irrigated crop. As competition for water and the number of summer droughts increase, production costs will rise.”

The Eastern Snake River Plane Aquifer has already decreased in size over the past decade, the report said. Although the state has legislated funds to help pay for the $100 million replenishment, 70% of the costs will be paid by water users.

Ludes said Idaho can actually make money and create jobs by combating climate change and protecting the industries it holds dear.

“Today, if Idaho dedicated just one square mile to solar power, enough energy would be created to power 1,300 households for an entire year,” he said.

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Rocky writes, "The American Security Project said in a report that elevated Spring temperatures..."

The report elevated temperatures? That's amazing!

Dropping yields due to increased temps?
Highly unlikely with all the genetic engineering and high-tech going into ag business.

Rocky, try not to worry so much. Breathe deeply and stop repeating this kind of junk.

Instad tell us a story about Washington DC. You are always fond of telling your readers "you were there"; so what did you do while there?

It's hard to understand why....

...every blog Barker posts is immediately followed by your snarky, and basically useless, comments. Are you his jilted lover or something?

Pimp2 hates all the writers and ACHD EQUALLY, padre.

Tetpilot can just boil it down to a couple sentences. Rancher is a tape recording waiting for a microcassette. I'm one of those multi grooved novelty records that changes the program at random.

Who said that education is dead in Idaho?


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

And apple pie too

I don't hate any of the writers, FO.
I just hate the fact Barker is not fired yet. He's terrible!

When The Statesman is the main newspaper for a state that is so heavily dependent on our natural resources I hate the idea that such an idiot is the sole 'environmental' voice for the main newspaper. When grumpygrizz or hel lscanyon can show me that I'm wrong- I'll stop offering my "useless comments".

I back up all of my points by highlighting all of his errors, typos, and messes. And that's pretty easy. If the Rock writes more than 100 words, you can make a good bet something is messed up in the piece. Copying someone else's paragraph and slapping it in his 'blog'. It's simply junk writing. Errors in facts, errors in interpreting facts, misleading stuff, typos, bad spelling, bad grammar, deleting his critics-- I back it up with the examples so it's not like I'm making stuff up (like the Rock does).

Barker is trying to sway his readers to some bias agenda.
I'm trying to sway his boss to get rid of him so Idaho readers can get something better. Unfortunately the publisher doesn't care enough to make a positive move in this segment of the paper.

I admit I don't exactly like KR's or Popkey's political slant either- but at least they can write.

peace and love yo!

Not true

Average temp in Boise has been below average in April for 9 of the last 10 years. In May, below average for 10 of the last 10. Runoff has been late.

What a bunch of

dufuses....climate changers bare dumb...go get foodstamps and take a nap...

Potato yield down 18%....funny....

Oh, I thought you would run the Charlie Manson global warming

piece. I thought you'd be a sensational newspaperman today.

The Charlie SHEEN thing is suffering from global cooling tho...


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!


Pumping more out than goes in has to do with people - not climate.

Kohler built an empire on the idea. Their thrones are everywhere


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

I think environmentalist wackos

caused climate change....

It's all gonna be radioactive anyway. Kiss my grits.


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

Denying Climate Change is idiocy

Worldwide the fertile growth areas are being affected and there will be a shortage in food as weather patterns change. One can hide from the obvious only so long. It looks like many Idahoans will have to be slapped in the face with a checkbook before they get the message.

The extreme weather the world is experiencing is also from climate change. Deny it all you want.

I drank all your stupid aquafer! So beat me up! Go on!


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

You are Right....Climate Change is all about our

checkbook......Its about money...our money...phony shortages are cause of population growth and economies......climate change is a ponzi scheme..

Zeke's dream

Okay Zeke, let's pretend your fantasy is true.
Please explain how YOU think weather patterns change will cause a shortage in food.

Maybe if we were all still wandering tribal hunters...


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

They have American in their name and all they do is SMOKE.


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

They have SECURITY in their name because they're impotent.


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

They have PROJECT in their yet have no Alan Parsons records.

Not even GRAM PARSONS, for crying out loud.

Must be losers.


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

Doesn't sound so bad to me

More snow means better skiing.
Earlier runnoff means we'll need more reservoirs, which means better fishing.
Higher temps in the summer mean we'll want to spend more time camping in the mountains.
More sun means more solar, which could mean cheap electricity. Also, maybe we won't end up surrounded by nuclear reactors after all.
Higher sea levels means the beach front property will have to back up 50 feet, which also means traveling to see the ocean will take Idahoan's about .001 seconds less time.

I can only hope they're right about all of this.

The 3-Legged Stool: "why isn't warmer better?"

The problem that Rocky and others who have swallowed the kool-aid -- including numerous agency "scientists" and university professors -- is that the AGW (Apocalyptic Global Warming) hypothesis is a three legged stool: 1) the earth is getting warmer; 2) people are making it warmer; 3) very bad things will happen as a result of this people-caused warming.

It only takes one weak leg in these assertions to make the whole thing fall over: 1) the earth really isn't getting warmer; 2) maybe the earth is getting warmer (again), but people are grandiose nitwits if they think they're actually the cause; 3) yep, people are changing the climate and making it warmer all right, but they're still preferring to vacation in Hawaii rather than Alaska.

So far, all of the dire predictions of the prophet James Hansen and his followers from 20 years ago have turned out to be false. There is no reason (but there ARE a lot of computer models!) to think that will change in the next 20 to 100 years.

And, even if they're right about the CO2-climate driver thing: So What? As FromSection30 points out, warmer is better than colder. The last thing we need is another Ice Age. If buying certain light bulbs and driving certain types of vehicles helps warm things up and postpone the next global cooling, so much the better.

You have to wonder about all these science and media types that keep promoting Global Catastrophe and Apocalypse. Why are they doing this? How are they any different from the fire-and-brimstone preachers of various religions in years past? What is the purpose in trying to scare other people, while claiming to be privy to future events?

The three-legged stool will collapse. People are resourceful and resilient, no matter what happens. Northern Africa and the Great Basin used to have huge inland waters populated by large numbers of people, and now they are mostly unoccupied desert. Etc. Things change. People adapt. Fear of the future is a tool. False prophets come in all shapes, sizes, and occupations -- even as "scientists" and journalists.

Common sense or computer modelers with an agenda? A three-legged stool, or keep standing on your own two legs? I know what I'm choosing.

Sayeth the Stool...

The gal sitting on me is giving "Downwinders" an unwanted meaning!


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!