While current Governor Jerry Brown was preparing to roll out proposed legislation to combat water waste, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was fighting the drought in his own manner: by blowing up a kiddie pool with a hand grenade.
Schwarzenegger entertained a very serious forum, “The New Reality: Addressing California's Water Challenge” hosted by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and Public Policy Institute of California on Monday, with a very unserious video that he called “in a fun way, the solution to our water problem.”
In the video (embedded below, start at 19:00), Schwarzenegger stands outside with a letter in his hand. “Here's a fan letter I got,” he says. “'Dear Arnold, it takes too long to water my lawn.'” Holding up a hand grenade, and pulling out the pin with his teeth, Schwarzenegger responds, “Dear Steve, Try this,” before tossing the grenade over his shoulder toward a blue inflatable kiddie pool.
[jump] Following the display of hydrotechnics, Arnold announces, “Because we're in California, we don’t have much water. Maybe you want to be more drought tolerant.” He then presses a button and sets off a series of land mines in a small patch of green lawn.
It's hard to say how much water was wasted in the production of Schwarzenegger's spoof, but the Arnold might want to be careful: Brown's proposed legislation, announced today, calls for penalties of up to $10,000 per violation for water wasters.