A Republican lawmaker is trying to add to the woes of the NSA’s Utah data center by hitting it where it hurts: in the water supply. According to The Guardian, Republican state legislator Marc Roberts is pursuing a bill that would ban provision of water to the NSA facility, thereby stifling or shutting down operations completely. The data center is estimated to use approximately 1.7 million gallons of water per day—an amount that, even if it is in part cycled water rather than just consumed water, is large for the arid region.
Even if Roberts succeeds at the state level, his state will probably lack the will to resist the federal government, which would no doubt (either through the executive or judicial branch) simply ignore or contravene such a law. A real effort to stop the NSA must invoke widespread recognition that government—particularly in the form that the national-security-trumps-all mindset supports—must be drastically cut down in power and scope. Unfortunately, the will to give up government goodies (corporate and other forms of welfare, as well as subsidies and favored legislation of all kinds) is sorely lacking. And, of course, national security at all costs is still the mantra of too many citizens and politicians. Thus, Marc Roberts’ valiant effort is likely to go the way of almost everything that opposes the will of the federal government.
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