Boiling Frogs-Intel vs. the Village

"Boiling Frogs - Intel vs. the Village" recounts the story of Intel Rio Rancho's impact on the air and water in the Village of Corrales from the mid-1980s to the present day. Updates to this ongoing saga will be posted here.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Drought? What Drought?

Satire found in the letters to the editor page of the Albuquerque Journal:

Some are saying we are heading into a severe drought and that we ought to conserve water. I say bull. There is no drought. This is just something cooked up by the water companies to get us to pay more dollars for less water.

Think about it. If there were really a problem with lack of water, then Intel would not be allowed to use three to eight million gallons a day from the aquifer to make computer chips. Intel is an environmentally responsible company that cares deeply about the community and if there is a shortage of water, they will be the first to cut back: Honest.

They would convert to the Super-Critical Carbon Dioxide manufacturing system developed at Los Alamos Labs, which would then cut their water use by 95 percent if there really were a water shortage. But as long as water is plentiful, Intel is going to keep using it. And what's good for Intel is good for the community.

Don't let the water company push you around. Don't use less water. Use more. Water your lawn twice a day, not once every other day. Wash your SUV as often as you want, and if a little water runs into the gutter, so what?

Enjoy those long showers and don't worry abour running the dishwasher and washing machine if they are only half full. Water is our God-given right, and if God did not want us to use water, he would not have given us the faucet.

Gary Priester


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