Does it make sense to build a "smart city" in the middle of the Arizona desert with questionable, at best, water resources? We are about to find out.
Bill Gates has plans for a “smart city” located about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix.
According to a press release from Belmont Partners, "Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs."
A proposed freeway, I-11, will connect Belmont to Las Vegas.
"Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model," Belmont Properties said.
Energy and Water Consumption
According to the EPA, "Warming has already contributed to decreases in spring snowpack and Colorado River flows, which are an important source of water for the region. Future warming is projected to produce more severe droughts in the region, with further reductions in water supplies. Future water scarcity will be compounded by the region’s rapid population growth, which is the highest in the nation."
I am not a global warming advocate, but I am a believer that a water shortage crisis is in the foreseeable future. The land was cheap for a reason. It's a desert hellhole.
Smart City, Dumb Location
Simply put, Bill Gates wants to build a "smart city" in a "dumb location", one without water and one that requires tremendous amounts of air conditioning most of the year.
A proposed new interstate highway, I-11, will connect the "smart city" to the most energy-wasteful city on the planet.
As a true believer in global warming, it seems Gates might have selected something other than a desert hellhole for his "smart city".
Mike "Mish" Shedlock