Letter: We can’t grow beyond our resources

(Rick Bowmer | The Associated Press) In this July 12, 2018 photo, baked earth is shown in a dry watering hole outside Salt Lake City. This now dried up watering hole previously provided water to a herd of wild horses. Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and forcing extreme measures to protect them. Federal land managers have begun emergency roundups in the deserts of western Utah and central Nevada.

State officials are imploring us to run appliances with full loads and reduce our showering times, yet there is no mention of controlling the rampant development of apartment housing, which rapidly concentrates and compounds the use of water per acre.

The developer/legislator cabal is not really interested in requiring the development urge to fit within the existing limits of our desert environment. I wonder what the motivation could possibly be for this failure of conscientious planning.

Until they wake up to the fact that it is impossible to expand our society beyond these limited resources, I guess our dishes will get dirtier and perfume and deodorant sales will go through the roof.

Cliff Butter, Salt Lake City

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