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Our Opinion: Power crisis hits home

February 01, 2001

The energy crisis plaguing the rest of the state is starting to touch our lives in the Imperial Valley. First, IID has taken steps to increase power bills because the cost of producing energy is on the rise. Second, IID officials are concerned the state is going to look to public utilities such as IID to help solve the power crunch.

Now the state has tapped into funds set aside for the lining of the All-American Canal. That money is being used to buy more energy. All that money, more than $200 million, that would have gone to canal-lining projects is gone. That is the bad news. The good news is state leaders have told IID officials the funding will be replenished. The question is, can we believe those folks?

We agree with IID Executive Officer Brad Luckey in his analysis. In light of the power crisis, the All-American project takes a back seat. When the canal will move up in order of importance is difficult to say.

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We can only hope the state does not forget how critical the All-American Canal lining project is to an issue every bit as important as the power — water. There are key agreements that will create peace between water agencies in the state and between the seven basin states that utilize Colorado River water. Those agreements depend on the All-American project moving forward. If the canal project does not do so, the water agreements will start to fall through, water wars will erupt and rural areas will battle with urban areas for every precious drop of water.

There may have been little else the state could do but tap into whatever funds were available to buy energy. We are sure the state will be looking for even more money. We wonder if the state is going to tap into its entire $12 billion surplus. But using such sources is not going to solve the problem.

With all that lies ahead with the power crisis we urge the state to not let other vital issues slip between the cracks.

For that reason we ask IID officials to keep a close eye on this power mess. We have a sense the problem is going to get worse before it gets better.

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