Delta levees’ strength proves their weakness (?!)

Delta levees didn’t fail in the Napa quake — proving Delta levees could fail in an earthquake, Gov. Jerry Brown says.

Brown made these remarks Tuesday on San Francisco radio.

“There’s a real, real risk there in the Delta area,” Brown said on KGO radio. “And that’s one of the reasons we’re looking to build a conveyance that will protect against that.”

I’m used to Brown and other tunnels supporters ignoring empirical evidence about Delta levee strength. But to actually use evidence that directly contradicts their view as evidence in favor of it is a new rhetorical frontier.

I’m of the Old School. Our syllogism works like this: 1. There was an earthquake. 2. The levees did not fail. 3. Levees do not automatically fail in earthquakes.

In fact, in the Delta’s entire history, levees have never failed in an earthquake.

Brown & Co. might want to use that last point as ammunition, too. You’re welcome, gentlemen.

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