A month before the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump declared a drought emergency, promising to “take care of the problem”.
While there is a drought in California, farmers are using more of the fertilizer they are producing to grow crops, while water scarcity is worsening in some parts of the country.
The President is trying to address this drought, but some people are concerned that the focus on the water shortage could backfire on the president.
The topic has come up frequently during this election cycle, with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and his running mate, Mike Pence, both talking about water scarcity and climate change, while Republicans, like the Republican National Committee, have been focused on the economy.
But the debate has not always been clear.
“The debate around the issue of water scarcity has always been a debate about water, and the climate and the water,” said Chris Oler, professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Irvine.
“People have been asking, ‘How much water do we need?
What is our water use?'”
So far, the US Department of Agriculture has not made a formal determination on whether the drought is “normal”, but Oler said that, while it is true that water shortages are common in many parts of California and other parts of western US, there are areas where farmers are getting less water than normal.
“Some farmers are not getting enough water, so they’re actually using less fertilizer and other things,” Oler explained.
“In some parts, the water use has gone down to almost zero.”
So farmers may be putting more water use in some areas of the US than normal, but they may not be using enough to produce the same amount of crops.
That could have consequences for the US economy.
Water is crucial to the lives of farmers and the food we eat, as it is essential to water our crops, which rely on water to grow and provide for our needs.
“There’s no doubt that the water that’s been used by the farmers is getting better, but there’s no way to say that it’s always going to be this way,” said Oler.
“It’s going to depend on what the climate is like and how much water is available.”
And while some farmers may not get enough water to make crops grow and produce the food they need, others might be using the water to meet the demand of other areas of their farms.
Oler believes that the US is in a good place to address water scarcity, because we have a large supply of water that is currently available.
“We have enough water for a large amount of people to live comfortably and comfortably,” he said.
“What’s different is that a lot of people in the US have been living in water-stressed areas, so that water that was actually available to them is being taken away from them.”
It is a very important point that has been missing from the debate.
Water scarcity is often talked about, but in the context of water shortages, how much of a water shortage does it really mean?
What are the effects of a drought?
Oler is not sure, but he said that there are some water conservation strategies that farmers can take advantage of to make sure that water is being used for other purposes.
“If you are going to make the argument that a drought is normal, then it’s a lot easier to justify to people that you’re going to have to conserve water,” he explained.
But what about when it’s not normal?
“If the water is not available, what happens when it is?” he asked.
“You can’t just say, ‘Well, you know, I need to conserve my water, I’m going to conserve it, and we’re going be able to make food that is more nutritious’.” Oler thinks that we can use the drought to help farmers make money, but also to improve water conservation.
“Farmers have a lot more to gain from a drought than they do from an otherwise normal drought,” he told ABC News.
“They have to invest more to conserve their water, but we can also put money in their pockets to make it possible for them to produce more food.”
What about water conservation?
There are two ways to go about reducing water use.
The first is to invest in water conservation infrastructure.
A major goal for water conservation is to reduce water use to zero or reduce it to zero by 2020.
But this can be difficult to achieve because it involves a lot less money than just buying more water.
The second way is to look for ways to cut water use through policies that require farmers to use less water.
“One of the big issues for water is that water costs a lot, and it’s expensive to use water,” Olin said.
He believes that it is a good idea to have policies that reduce the use of water, as farmers can save money by using less water, which is better for the environment.
“But there’s a trade-off here, too,” Oliner said.
It is important to remember