Noted economist and visionary Ellen Brown lays out a plan for how America can fight the unprecedented drought and water crisis and regenerate parched farmlands and rangelands in the arid and semi-arid regions of California and the Southwest, drawing lessons from government infrastructure programs during the Great Depression, that can be carried out without increasing the budget deficit and bypassing a hopelessly deadlocked Congress.
As Brown explains:
“Congress has passed two major infrastructure bills in the last year, but imminent needs in infrastructure funding remain. The 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law chiefly focused on conventional highway programs, and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) mainly centered on energy security and combating climate change. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), over $2 trillion in much-needed infrastructure is still unfunded, including projects to address drought, affordable housing, high-speed rail, and power transmission lines.”