Tomato Shortage Emerges In Drought-Stricken Californian As Ketchup Prices Soar

Days ago, we said the next food insecurity problem that may impact Americans’ eating habits could be an emerging potato shortage. Now there appears to be another issue: Tomatoes are getting squeezed, and risks of a ketchup shortage rise as a severe drought batter California’s farmland.California accounts for a quarter of the world’s tomato output. The worst drought in 1,200 years has forced farmers to abandon fields as crops turn to dust amid a water crisis. “We desperately need rain … and are getting to a point where we don’t have inventory left to keep fulfilling the market demand,” Mike Montna, head of the California Tomato Growers Association, told Bloomberg.”It’s real tough to grow a tomato crop right now,” Montna continued, adding, “on one side you have the drought impacting costs because you don’t have enough water to grow all your acres, and then you have the farm inflation side of it with fuel and fertilizer costs shooting up.” The lack of water and the soaring cost of farming appears to be a ‘perfect storm’ in the making that could result in a shortage of all sorts of tomato-based products, including ketchup, salsa, and spaghetti sauce. Rick Blankenship, Chairman of the Board at California Tomato Research Institute, warned crop yields are “way off this year … and coupled with drought, we’ve had high temperatures and that in itself creates an issue where the tomatoes are so hot that they just don’t size properly — so you have a lot of tomatoes on a plant, but they are smaller.” Bloomberg said the value for a ton of tomatoes reached an all-time high this year of $105 due to higher input prices, such as diesel and fertilizer, compounded with the drought. “You would think that it was a home run for growers, but in reality the input costs have gone up so much that the potential profit was all gobbled up,” Blankenship said.R. Greg Pruett, sales and energy manager for Ingomar Packing Co., one of the world’s largest tomato processors, said not all customers will get their processed products. The company sells to some of the largest food brands. He said inventories are plunging to critically low levels. “If you are looking for a significant amount of tomato paste and you haven’t already contracted it then you aren’t going to get it no matter what the price is,” Pruett said, adding, “it’s just not there.”Market research firm IRI shows the price of tomato sauce in the last four weeks ended July 10 surged 17% from a year ago, while ketchup jumped 23%.Besides tomatoes, french fries could be in short supply as the potato crop has suffered from a heatwave. And worse, most of the US beer imports come from northern Mexico, where the region is running out of water. Ketchup, french fries, and beer could soon be in short supply or experience price hikes due to tightening supply. 

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‘Leave The Energy For The People’: China Begins Rationing Energy Supplies Amid Severe Drought

China imposed sweeping power cuts to households and factories in Sichuan province, including those belonging to major electronics companies where drought conditions have strained the region’s hydropower-based energy production capacity.Water levels at hydropower reservoirs that supply the province of 94 million people have fallen by as much as 50% in August as China faces its largest heatwave since 1961, the AP reported, citing data from the Sichuan Provincial Department of Economics and Information Technology. After the provincial government ordered solar panel, cement, electronics and fertilizer factories to reduce power consumption, many shut down or reduced operations.“Leave power for the people,” an Aug. 16 order from the provincial government said, according to the AP.Factories belonging to Apple suppliers Foxconn and Intel will be affected by the power rationing, CNN reported. Prices for lithium, a critical component in electric car batteries, may also rise as cuts hit the lithium mines that are concentrated in Sichuan. While the government intended factory power rations to increase energy availability for households amidst scorching heat and heightened demand for air conditioning, the power company in Dazhou, a city of 3.4 million, imposed three-hour rolling blackouts Wednesday, Chinese news outlets said, according to the AP. Authorities instructed office buildings in the province’s capital city of Chengdu to shut off air conditioning. Temperatures in Chengdu are forecasted to reach 106° Fahrenheit this week, according to On Aug. 11, China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters activated a level-IV emergency response in some provinces, including Sichuan. Water levels in the Yangtze River, one of several bodies of water that supply China’s hydropower facilities, fell 60% in August compared to typical levels for that month, CGTN reported. China has deployed 900 missiles to “seed” clouds near Chongqing in hopes of inducing rain, CGTN reported. Drought and extreme heat have devastated crops in central and northern China, with some areas declaring a failed summer growing season, the AP reported, citing the Chinese government. Overall, drought has affected nearly 1.6 million hectares, or four million acres, of farmland, according to CGTN. TOPSHOT – This photo taken on August 16, 2022 shows solar panels among Sichuan pepper field in Bijie, in China’s southwestern Guizhou province. – China OUT (Photo by AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images) In 2021, Guangdong province dealt with power shortages and manufacturing cuts after harsh weather conditions similarly drained the region’s hydropower reservoirs, according to the AP. Chinese officials slashed annual growth projections from 8.2% to 7.7% Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng said electricity demand had reached record levels due to drought in some regions in a visit to the State Grid Corporation of China, Xinhua News reported. Power cuts compound China’s ongoing economic woes. China’s economy grew by 0.4% year-over-year for the second quarter of 2022, as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s strict zero-COVID policy has led to food shortages and mass protests. The Chinese Premier and State Council did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected]

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Radical Drought Caused by Military Weather Weapons – Dane Wigington

by Greg Hunter, USA Watchdog:
Last month, climate engineering researcher Dane Wigington predicted “40 million in West would be without water in 2023.”  Looks like the U.S. government is just as worried as Wigington about the extreme drought conditions.  The Bureau of Reclamation just announced a first-ever forced water cut plan as the Colorado River dwindles to a trickle in Western America.  Wigington contends the severe drought in the West and around the world is not a natural event but caused by man-made weather modification called geoengineering. Wigington explains, “What do we see around the globe?  It’s not just Europe and not just the Western U.S., but South America also.  We are seeing radical protracted drought that is crushing crops everywhere while Las Vegas is being deluged in an engineered scenario.  This is all technology.  They control the spigot, period.  We have said this at for a decade and a half.  Everything is manifesting itself.  What are we seeing?  While Vegas is being flooded, we are seeing in the bread basket in the Midwest and California 110 degree temperatures, single digit humidity in some places, and crops are virtually imploding here.”
Who is responsible for the biggest drought in the last 1,200 years?  Wigington says documents show it is the U.S. military.  Wigington says, “Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to Presidents Johnson and Carter, stated on the record that climate modification operations were the exceptional covert weapon of the U.S. military to make countries and their populations more compliant.  Climate modification is the Crown Jewel weapon of the Military Industrial Complex.  It’s not just for foreign adversaries, but for their own populations.  They can bring them to their knees without them ever knowing they are under assault.  Think how absurd this is when we have climate modification operations cutting off precipitation to tens of millions in the U.S., and nobody seems to have a clue.  Nobody is willing to acknowledge this elephant in the sky.”
The military is also using forest fires as a weapon.  Wigington says, “We have found a document that is titled ‘Forest Fires as a Military Weapon.’   (Wigington also has produced a video with the same title.)  It actually names the processes or road map to prepare for intense incineration.  What is most damning about this document is it specifically cites not only many locations in the U.S., including Mount Shasta where I live, it also cites the ‘prime burn windows’ for other U.S. allies that are on fire now such as Portugal, Spain and Greece.  How much more damning can a document be?  This is business as usual for the U.S. military.  Think about the insanity of this.  You incinerate forests as a military weapon and inflict damage on your own citizens.”
Wigington says there is a short window to fully wake people up to stop geoengineering, but the most important group is the U.S. military.  Wigington says, “Our military personnel are unknowingly participating in this . . . .  They are being told they are doing something for the greater good.  It’s something that is saving the planet when it is, in fact, killing the planet.”
Wigington talks about all the contaminated rain water, nuclear war, nano lipid particles, aluminum in your body and how much time we have left before the entire ecosystem implodes because of man-made weather modification called geoengineering.
There is much more in the 36 min interview.
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Drought Impacts Both The Food and Energy Supply

Low water levels in the Western states are causing a problematic crop yield. But they also impact our energy supply and push the power grid to the brink.
When temperatures rise and water levels drop, the energy sector gets squeezed hard. The consequences of water shortages are playing out now in swaths of the American West, where an expansive, decades-long drought is forcing drastic cuts in hydroelectric power generation. At the same time, exceptional heat has pushed energy demand to record highs.
According to a report by Vox, the flow of water is critical to the flow of electrons and heat. About 40 percent of water withdrawals — water taken out of groundwater or surface sources — in the United States go toward energy production. The large majority of that share is used to cool power plants. In turn, it requires energy to extract, purify, transport, and deliver water.
The United Nations Environment Programme warned this month that if drought conditions persist, the two largest hydroelectric reservoirs in the US — Lake Mead and Lake Powell —could eventually reach “dead pool status,” where water levels fall too low to flow downstream. Lake Mead fuels the Hoover Dam, which has a power capacity topping 2,000 megawatts while Lake Powell drives generators that peak at 1,300 megawatts at the Glen Canyon Dam.
This is all going to compound into a major problem that we are all going to be facing in the coming months, as the cold weather approaches.
“Water supplies for agriculture, fisheries, ecosystems, industry, cities, and energy are no longer stable given anthropogenic climate change,” Camille Calimlim Touton, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, told Congress in June.
Almost all crops are under a threat of a horrifically low yield. A lack of water and extreme heat is making farming incredibly difficult, if not impossible.
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Winners, losers in water cuts for Western states

People in Arizona and Nevada won’t face bans on watering their lawns or washing their cars despite water shortages on the Colorado River.

But officials said Tuesday there will still be less water available next year from the river that serves 40 million people in the West and Mexico. Observers say a reckoning is still coming for the growing region.

New cuts will build on this year’s reductions – which all but eliminated some central Arizona farmers’ Colorado River water supply and to a much lesser extent, reduced Nevada and Mexico’s share.

Tuesday’s decision and what was left out point to growing uncertainty in the West.

Lake Mead and Lake Powell – the two largest reservoirs on the Colorado River – are about a quarter full, threatening water supplies and the generation of hydroelectric power used by millions of people.

Along the reservoir’s edge, “bathtub rings” of minerals outline where the high water line once stood, highlighting the challenges the West is facing as a ‘megadrought’ tightens it grip on the region.

PHOTOS: EXPLAINER: Winners, losers in water cuts for Western states

A look at who is affected by another round of water cuts in the West.


Arizona was hardest hit, again, and will receive 79% of its total share next year. But that’s only 3% less than what it got this year, after federal officials slashed its supply.

Nevada will receive about 92% of its total supply next year. Most residents will not feel the cuts thanks to water conservation, reuse and the state not using its full Colorado River allocation.

California has been spared from cuts because it has more senior water rights than Arizona and Nevada.

Mexico will get roughly 93% of its total supply. The water is used in cities and farming communities in Northwestern Mexico, where a severe drought is taking place, too.


Farmers in central Arizona, among the state’s largest producers of livestock, dairy, alfalfa, wheat and barley, lost most of their Colorado River allocation last year when the government announced its first shortage. Some farmers were compensated with water through deals with cities like Phoenix and Tucson.

More farmers will likely need to fallow land – which some of the region’s farmers have been paid to do – and rely even more on groundwater. Others will have to grow more water-efficient crops and find other ways to use less water.

Western water suppliers have planned for such shortages by diversifying and conserving their water supply. Still, regular cuts amid intensifying drought that is depleting reservoirs faster than scientists predicted will make it harder to plan for the future.

Phoenix, the nation’s 5th largest city, will lose some of the water it would otherwise store in underground basins as a water savings account, said Cynthia Campbell, the city’s water resource management advisor. That happened this year, too. The city will rely more on the in-state Salt and Verde rivers, which boost its Colorado River supplies.

The city’s residents will not be affected by cuts next year, Campbell said.

Meanwhile, Nevada recycles the majority of the water used indoors and doesn’t use all of its Colorado River water. That means residents will barely feel next year’s cuts.


Lake Mead supplies water to millions of people in Arizona, California, Nevada and Mexico.

Cuts for 2023 are triggered when predicted water levels fall below a certain threshold – 1,050 feet above sea level.

Additional cuts will be triggered when projected levels sink to 1,045 and 1,025 feet. At a certain point, water levels could drop so low that water can no longer be pumped from the reservoir.

Eventually, some city and industrial water users will be affected.

Lake Powell’s levels are also falling and extraordinary steps have been taken to keep water in the reservoir on the Arizona-Utah border.

After the lake fell low enough to threaten the roughly 5 billion kilowatt hours of energy generated each year at the Glen Canyon Dam, federal officials said they would hold back some water to ensure it could still produce energy. The dam produces enough electricity to power between 1 million and 1.5 million homes each year.

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming get water from tributaries and other reservoirs that feed into Lake Powell. Water from three reservoirs in those states has been drained in recent years to maintain water levels at Lake Powell and protect the electric grid powered by the Glen Canyon Dam.


Water stored in Lake Mead and Lake Powell is divvied up through legal agreements among the seven Colorado River basin states, the federal government, Mexico and Native American tribes. The agreements determine how much water each entity gets, when cuts are triggered and the order in which the parties have to sacrifice some of their supply.

Under a 2019 drought contingency plan, Arizona, Nevada, California and Mexico agreed to give up shares of their water to maintain water levels at Lake Mead. This year’s cuts are part of that plan – and as a result, they were predicted by states and others.


Much more significant water cuts. In June, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told the basin states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming – to figure out a plan to use at least 15% less water from the river next year – to prevent reservoir levels from dropping even further.

The deadline to reach that deal has passed and states failed to reach an agreement. Federal officials on Tuesday did not say how much time states will have to reach one.

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Are you ready for a shortage of spaghetti sauce? Drought is crippling tomato production in California

(OPINION) You may not care too much about what is going on in California right now, but you should. The worst drought in 1,200 years is absolutely devastating the production of fruits and vegetables in the state, and that is really bad news for all of us.
In particular, we are being warned that tomato production is likely to be way below expectations this year. But if California doesn’t grow enough tomatoes, there won’t be enough spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce or tomato paste to go around in 2023. And there will be a whole lot of really cranky people out there if that were to happen.
I really wish that more people would take this crisis seriously. If farmers do not grow our food, we do not eat. We need them to be successful, and right now they are repeatedly telling us that we are facing a scenario that we have never faced before. In California, the big issue is a lack of moisture. It takes a lot of water to grow tomatoes, and the head of the California Tomato Growers Association is openly admitting that “we desperately need rain”…Advertisement

California leads the world in production of processing tomatoes — the variety that gets canned and used in commercial kitchens to make some of the most popular foods. The problem is the worst drought in 1,200 years is forcing farmers to grapple with a water crisis that’s undermining the crop, threatening to further push up prices from salsa to spaghetti sauce.
“We desperately need rain,” Mike Montna, head of the California Tomato Growers Association, said in an interview. “We are getting to a point where we don’t have inventory left to keep fulfilling the market demand.” Did you catch what he was saying in that last sentence?
When there isn’t enough inventory to meet demand, that is when shortages happen. Did you ever imagine that a day would come when we would see a tomato shortage in America? Even now, prices have risen to absolutely absurd heights. According to one industry insider, tomato paste prices “are up as much as 80% from a year ago”…
“There are simply not enough acres of processing tomatoes being planted this year to ensure that everybody gets their full supply,” said R. Greg Pruett, sales and energy manager for Ingomar Packing Co., one of the world’s biggest tomato processors. “The water is either too expensive or just not available at any cost.”
Such pressures are being reflected in Ingomar’s processed products. Tomato paste prices for clients of the company, which sells to some of the largest US food brands, are up as much as 80% from a year ago. With inventories dropping to critically low levels, though, supply isn’t available for everyone.
80 percent! I can’t get over that figure. And as California gets drier and drier, things are only going to get worse. Sadly, a lot of people out there simply do not understand the importance of California’s agriculture industry. Without California, we would be in a world of hurt… With warm climate and rich soil, California is a highly diverse agricultural state. California produces over a third of the US vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts. READ MORE

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Will Catastrophic Crop Losses in 2022 Lead to Unprecedented Shortages in 2023?

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Crops are failing all over the globe this summer, but most people don’t even know that this is happening because the big television news channels aren’t talking much about it.  Instead, they remain intensely focused on politics day after day.  Without a doubt, the political realm is important, but there should also be plenty of time to discuss a raging global crisis which is going to deeply affect all of us.  The food that is not being grown this year is not going to be on our plates next year, but the vast majority of the population doesn’t understand this.  They see plenty of food in the stores now and they just assume that everything is going to be okay.
Unfortunately, everything is not going to be okay.  Over in the UK, a major British news source is warning of “widespread crop failures across England”…
Experts have warned of widespread crop failures across England, as charities and farmers criticised water companies for dithering over hosepipe bans despite drought being declared across much of the country.
So what sort of losses are we talking about?
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Half of the potato crop is expected to fail as it cannot be irrigated, and even crops that are usually drought-tolerant, such as maize, have been failing.
The group was told “irrigation options are diminishing with reservoirs being emptied fast”, and losses of 10-50% are expected for crops including carrots, onions, sugar beet, apples and hops. Milk production is also down nationally because of a lack of food for cows, and wildfires are putting large areas of farmland at risk.
The British are assuming that they will just get enough food to feed their population from someone else. But that is what everyone else is assuming too.
As global food supplies get tighter and tighter, the wealthy countries will buy up food at elevated prices, and many poor countries will be left out and will suffer tremendously.
Things are even worse in Italy.  As I covered the other day, some farmers in Italy have already lost “up to 80% of their harvest”…
In Italy, farmers in some parts of the country have lost up to 80% of their harvest this year due to severe weather anomalies, the Coldretti farming association said Thursday.
So where will Italy get enough food to feed their population?
Just like the British, the plan to get it from someone else. But who is the someone else going to be?
Here in the United States, agricultural production is going to be way below expectations because of the endless drought that is plaguing about half the country.
Just yesterday, I wrote an article about how tomato production is being absolutely devastated in the state of California.
It is being reported that tomato paste prices have already increased by up to 80 percent, and we are being warned that if rain doesn’t come soon there simply will not be enough tomatoes to meet demand.Dr. Zev Zelenko was a true American hero. Support his foundation AND your immune system with his Z-DTox supplements to make your immune system clean, resilient, and resistant.

That means that there won’t be enough spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce to go around.
For a lot of my readers, that statement is really going to hit home.
Over in Texas, the cotton crop is going to be bitterly disappointing this year…
US cotton prices continued to surge above the boom days of 2010-11 after a massive crop estimate cut by the USDA, shocking Wall Street analysts and traders, due primarily to a megadrought scorching farmland of Texas, according to Bloomberg.
Futures in New York for December delivery were up 4.5% to $1.1359 a pound and up more than 21% this month.
Normally, there would be vast fields of cotton being grown all over the state at this time of the summer.
But this year many of those fields look like barren wastelands…
Last Friday, the USDA’s bigger-than-expected cut to domestic cotton crop stunned many on Wall Street. Crop output plunged to 12.57 million bales, the lowest in a decade. The cut also pushed down the US from the world’s third-largest producer to the world’s fourth.
Barbera said the western Texas region (around Lubbock and Lamesa), the epicenter of America’s cotton-growing belt, has “literally nothing” in fields that are just desert sand. He said fields that had drip irrigation were harvestable, but ones that weren’t weren’t salvageable.
So are we going to experience a shortage of cotton in 2023?
If so, that would be really bad news.  Cotton is used in thousands of different products.
Without enough water, we cannot grow the things that we need.
I don’t know why this is so hard for people to grasp.
And the truth is that our entire way of life depends on sufficient supplies of fresh water.  Right now, there are seven western states that are facing the prospect of emergency water restrictions in the months ahead because the Colorado River is rapidly drying up…
Two months ago, federal officials took the unprecedented step of telling the seven states that depend on Colorado River water to prepare for emergency cuts next year to prevent reservoirs from dropping to dangerously low levels.
The states and managers of affected water agencies were told to come up with plans to reduce water use drastically, by 2 million to 4 million acre-feet, by mid-August. After weeks of negotiations, which some participants say have at times grown tense and acrimonious, the parties have yet to reach an agreement.
Nobody wants to give up their water.
In the end, all of those states are going to have to make severe sacrifices.  At a minimum, the amount of water being taken from the Colorado River needs to be reduced by 2 million acre-feet, and that is an amount of water that is four times greater than the entire city of Los Angeles uses in an entire year…Precious metals are a MUST for those protecting wealth or retirement in this concerning Biden economy. We recommend a smaller, personal service company in Our Gold Guy and a larger, established firm in Goldco. It all comes down to personal preference.

The latest round of closed-door talks occurred Thursday in Denver. Participants said they wouldn’t publicly discuss the offers of water reductions made, but they acknowledged those offers have amounted to far less than 2 million acre-feet. For comparison, the total annual water use of Los Angeles is nearly 500,000 acre-feet.
Needless to say, this is going to affect agriculture in a major way.
Farmers and ranchers use a tremendous amount of water, and they are about to be hit with restrictions that will be extraordinarily painful.
Everything that I have discussed in this article is happening in the context of a horrifying global food crisis that is getting worse with each passing month.
But don’t worry, the elite have a plan.
For a long time they have touted the benefits of eating bugs, and now such products are actually on our store shelves…
On Sunday, carnivore diet guru Dr. Shawn Baker tweeted a photo of a bag of cheddar cheese puffs, only instead of being made of corn meal these snack foods were chock-full of insect protein.
The snack item from Canadian brand Actually Foods states the puffs are “powered by crickets” to the tune of 10 grams of protein per serving.
The ingredients label on the back of the bag indicates “organic cricket flour” was used in the puffs’ production, and an allergy warning on the back of the bag also cautions, “People who are allergic to shellfish may also be allergic to crickets.”
Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Instead of suffering through the nightmarish global famines that are coming, we can all eat “cricket puffs” instead.
Unfortunately, the truth is that they can’t make enough “cricket puffs” to rescue us from the “perfect storm” that has hit global food production.
There simply is not going to be enough food for everyone in 2023, and it will be the poorest countries that will suffer the most.
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Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
We don’t get Google checks. We don’t have Facebook or Twitter buttons on our stories. We don’t have a YouTube Channel (banned), an Instagram profile (never made one), or a TikTok (no thanks, CCP). We’re not perfect, but we’re doing everything we can to not owe anything to anyone… other than our readers. We owe YOU the truth. We owe YOU the facts that others won’t reveal about topics that others won’t tackle. And we owe America, this great land that allows us to take hold of these opportunities.
Like I said, I don’t hold other conservative sites under too much scrutiny over their choices. It’s easy for people to point fingers when we’re not the ones paying their bills or supporting their families. I just wish there were more who would make the bold move. Today, only a handful of other major conservative news outlets have broken free from the Big Tech teat. Of course, we need help.
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US states hit by extreme drought face more water cuts

For the second year in a row, the US states of Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the Western United States endures an extreme drought, federal officials have announced.The cuts planned for next year will force states to make critical decisions about where to reduce consumption and whether to prioritise growing cities or agricultural areas.
They will also place state officials under renewed pressure to plan for a hotter, drier future and a growing population. Mexico will face cuts, as well.
“We are taking steps to protect the 40 million people who depend on the Colorado River for their lives and livelihoods,” said Camille Touton, US commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation.
The river provides water across seven states and in Mexico and helps feed an agricultural industry valued at $15bn a year. Cities and farms are anxiously awaiting official estimates of the river’s future water levels that will determine the extent and scope of cuts to their water supply.
That’s not all. In addition to those already-agreed-to cuts, the Bureau of Reclamation said on Tuesday that states had missed a deadline to propose at least 15 percent more cuts needed to keep water levels at the river’s storage reservoirs from dropping even more.
A bathtub ring of light minerals shows the high water line of Lake Mead near Hoover Dam on June 26, 2022 [File: John Locher/AP Photo]
For example, officials have predicted that water levels at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest manmade reservoir, will plummet further. The lake is currently less than a quarter full. “The states collectively have not identified and adopted specific actions of sufficient magnitude that would stabilize the system,” Touton said.
After putting last year’s burden on the agricultural industry, Arizona officials will have to decide whether to spread additional pain to growing cities that rely on the river. The cuts are not expected to have a tangible effect on Nevada, which has already implemented the region’s most aggressive conservation policies, including grass bans and rebate programmes.
While the Bureau of Reclamation is “very focused on just getting through this to next year”, any cutbacks will likely need to be in place far longer, said University of Oxford hydrologist Kevin Wheeler.
“What contribution the science makes is, it’s pretty clear that these reductions just have to have to stay in place until the drought has ended or we realise they actually have to get worse and the cuts have to get deeper,” he said.
The cuts are based on a plan the seven states as well as Mexico signed in 2019 to help maintain reservoir levels. Under that plan, the amount of water allocated to states depends on the water levels at Lake Mead.
Last year, the lake fell low enough for the federal government to declare a first-ever water shortage in the region, triggering mandatory cuts for Arizona and Nevada as well as Mexico in 2022.
Officials expect the falling lake levels to trigger additional cuts to Nevada, Arizona and Mexico next year. States with higher priority water rights are not expected to see cuts.
Visitors view the dramatic bend in the Colorado River at the popular Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in Page, Arizona in 2011 [File: Ross D Franklin/AP Photo]
Reservoir levels have been falling for years — and faster than experts predicted — due to 22 years of drought worsened by climate change and overuse of the river.
Scorching temperatures and less melting snow in the spring have reduced the amount of water flowing from the Rocky Mountains, where the river originates before it snakes 2,334km (1,450 miles) southwest and into the Gulf of California.
Already, extraordinary steps have been taken this year to keep water in Lake Powell, the other large Colorado River reservoir, which sits upstream of Lake Mead and straddles the Arizona-Utah border. Water from the lake runs through Glen Canyon Dam, which produces enough electricity to power between 1 million and 1.5 million homes each year.
After water levels at Lake Powell reached levels low enough to threaten hydropower production, federal officials said they would hold back an additional 480,000 acre-feet (more than 156 billion gallons or 592 million cubic metres) of water to ensure the dam could still produce energy. That water would normally course to Lake Mead.
Under Tuesday’s reductions, Arizona will lose slightly more water than it did this year, when 18 percent of its supply was cut. In 2023, it will lose an additional 3 percent, an aggregate 21 percent reduction from its initial allocation.
Mexico will lose 7 percent of the 1.5 million acre-feet it receives each year from the river. Last year, it lost about 5 percent. The water is a lifeline for northern desert cities including Tijuana and a large farm industry in the Mexicali Valley, just south of the border from California’s Imperial Valley.
Nevada also will lose water — about 8 percent of its supply — but most residents will not feel the effects because the state recycles the majority of its water used indoors and doesn’t use its full allocation. Last year, the state lost 7 percent.
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