Transcript for scene 37 of the video " Floods and Ice Age - Part 2" by Rolf Witzsche  

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The bottleneck of the Oroville flood crisis

The bottleneck of the Oroville flood crisis was evidently not at the dam site, since its discharge capacity had been underutilized. Nor was the State Levee system stressed to its limit, which had bees upgraded in 2015. The bottleneck appears to have been in the Non-State levees that had been filled to the brim. The Oroville crisis may have been a tight-rope walk of balancing the capacity of old infrastructures that used to be sufficient in the past, with the new world of a weaker Sun and larger floods. The crisis was solved by filling the 9 upstream reservoirs to the brim, and draining the lake as strongly as the weakest levees would handle the volume, and the storms easing off. The point is that while we have created amazing infrastructures and managements systems, the very best is evidently no longer good enough to meet the demands for the future, which requires a major rethinking of the entire issue of flood protection and agriculture in flood-bowl locations, which requires the rethinking of agriculture itself.

This means that we are existentially threatened by the Ice Age dynamics, before the Ice Age even begins. And this affects nearly all nations, especially the big food producing nations, such as the USA.


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