All I Want For Christmas Is…

The ability to take a long, hot shower… without guilt and, say, with Michael Ware, although I’d bet Baghdad has more water than we do.

Seriously… how about this? All I want for Christmas is for this great water idea to not be ruined by government. Is that too much to ask for? On aquiring water for Atlanta from Chattanooga, from The Chattanooga Times Free Press:

“It would be a monumental task and require a lot of horse trading to get water to Atlanta (from the Tennessee River),” Mr. Wilson said. “But America has proven it is pretty good accomplishing monumental tasks.”

Mr. Littlefield said local people have suggested that Chattanooga should swap water for a high-speed train to Georgia’s capital city.

“I’m not ready to say yes to that either,” he said. “I’m open to discussion.

12 comments

  1. CobbGOPer says:

    Of course, technically part of Georgia’s state boundaries should give us direct access to the Tennessee River, except that the surveying was done in what, 1820? Needless to say they were off, but according to the congressionally approved borders of Georgia, we should have direct access to the river by right of where our borders are supposed to be.

    And those of you who say we can’t take something like this to court, should really review the case of New Jersey vs. New York regarding in which state Ellis Island really resides. After over 100 years of claimed ownership by New York, the court found that according to the original and binding boundary agreements, Ellis Island was actually part of New Jersey.

  2. Rick Day says:

    CobbGOPer = spend millions on legal fees on a 184 year old argument.

    Chattanooga = common sense approach, embracing the spirit of interstate cooperation, that financially benefits Atlanta, North GA and reduces traffic.

    I. Don’t. Get. You. Folks.

    My, my…

  3. Chris says:

    Chattanooga = spend billions on a crack-pot government scheme that no one will use. We’d probably financially be better off taking the money we spend on the rail and pump water in from Savannah.

  4. CobbGOPer says:

    Um, or take the money that would be wasted on the rail project and sue for what’s rightfully ours, access to the Tennessee River.

    I’ll trade millions in legal fees vs. BILLIONS lost by our local economies as this drought and water shortage persist.

  5. Doug Deal says:

    Strategically, it would probably make some sense to build inter-reservoir pipelines to connect the reservoirs throughout the country.

    Whatever authorities are in charge of each could buy/sell water as needed in times of drought/surplus.

  6. CobbGOPer says:

    “Strategically, it would probably make some sense to build inter-reservoir pipelines to connect the reservoirs throughout the country.

    Whatever authorities are in charge of each could buy/sell water as needed in times of drought/surplus.”

    I agree, and it would make sense, but it would require federal action to make something like this happen, and I just don’t think Mrs. Pelosi cares that much when she’s got more pressing issues like impeaching a lame duck president for no good reason…

  7. mondaymorningqb says:

    G8s,

    I think that’s part of one of the grey-water reclamation proposals, but I might be wrong….

    Sounding a different note, has there been any new studies on the proposed Chattanooga/Atlanta high speed train? If it similar to the 3% maximum reduction of traffic like other rail projects, we might be better off horse trading for a new Chattanooga/Chicamauga airport with our Tennessee brethren before we go down the money train path.

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