Mr. Biden Can Change Politics by Having “ANGELS” to Reinvent Deserts and Rivers

by Bobby Reyes

The Mojave Desert | Photo by Rennett Stowe via Wikimedia Creative Commons

Part XXXV of the “EDEN America” Series

Remember the television hit series “Charlie’s Angels” in the 1970s? If young readers have not even watched it, here is a trailer of its Pilot Episode in its maiden year of 1976.

This columnist respectfully suggests that President Biden organize his version of the ANGELS. It is the suggested acronym for “America’s New Generation of Engineers, Leaders, and Scientists.” It can also be called “The Fix Corps” to fix and solve the country’s ecological problems and help develop its rivers, starting with the “Old Man River.” Yes, the Mississippi-River initiatives can jump-start North America becoming the world’s principal oases and developer of sustainable aquifers, aqueducts, lakes, and other bodies of inland water.

Eventually, wags and pundits may dub it the “Joe’s ANGELS.” Is it doable? Yes, please read on why as the POTUS, Mr. Biden — as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Military — can do it. Since his Cabinet members are in charge of education, labor, and other departments, they will help him accomplish this “ANGELS” initiative. To the limited knowledge of this journalist, it may not be necessary for President Biden to secure the votes of the U.S. Congress in launching this initiative. So, President Biden may not have to “play hardball” with the politicians in Congress. But of course, it is ideal to do the rivers and deserts proposals with the bipartisan support of the U.S. Congress — especially the lawmakers from the states that have deserts.

For all the Biden’s detractors and opponents may care, the President may just adopt an old naval slogan. Remember the “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead” — as originated by David Glasgow Farragut? He said it as a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War and later became the Navy’s first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral.

“For all the Biden’s detractors and opponents may care, the President may just adopt an old naval slogan. Remember the “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead” — as originated by David Glasgow Farragut?”

By engineers, we mean all types of trained personnel, whether their chosen specialty or field of training is in agriculture, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, management, mechanical, social, structural, and other engineering lines. These young engineering recruits can be trained and schooled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The ANGELS organization can also have a medical branch attached to the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Since the pandemic is not going anywhere, the ANGELS should help the Army medics currently reinforcing exhausted Frontliners in crowded civilian-and-public hospitals.

A security force to assure the safety of the ANGELS’ engineers, medics, and other workers; it can be trained by the U.S. military branches or by the National Guard and attached to them as units. The ANGELS’ regiments can be called up in emergencies or strife to reinforce military units, the National Guard, and law-enforcement agencies.

All of the recruits for the three branches of the ANGELS (aka “Fix Corps”) can have their education and training — starting at boot camps and then in job-site campuses — in the four deserts of the United States (Mexico shares two of these). The Mexican government can be invited (and assisted) in forming its version of the ANGELS.

Just think of how big the four “campuses” or camps are for the recruits to undergo boot-camp initial training and continuous education. The students and their tutors will have to build their own needed infrastructures. Here are brief descriptions of the four educational-and-work sites — as partly Googled:

The Great Basin Desert (GBD) includes most of Nevada, half of Utah, and sections of Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, and California. The term “Great Basin” is slightly misleading; the region comprises many small basins. The GBD is one of the four biologically-defined deserts in North America and the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts.

The Mojave Desert spans four states: California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. It takes up 20 million acres in California—about one-fifth of the state. The western deserts represent the largest intact ecosystem in the 48 contiguous states. The Mojave Desert is 47,877 square miles in size.

The Sonoran Desert occurs primarily in Mexico. More than two-thirds of its total area is in Baja, California, and the state of Sonora. In the United States, most of the Sonoran Desert is in the southern third of Arizona, with small areas in southeastern California.

The roughly 200,000-square-mile Chihuahuan Desert is larger than California that stretches across six Mexican states and parts of Texas and New Mexico. It is the largest desert in North America and between Mexico’s most prominent mountain ranges called the eastern and western Sierra Madre.

“Helping Mexico turn their deserts into Green Zones may also make Mr. Biden be remembered as the POTUS to have finalized the guidelines to save the endangered Monarch butterflies that fly (pun intended) to Mexico from the United States and Canada at the start of autumn.”

The people of Arizona and their political leaders know that their state is part of three deserts: the Chihuahuan in the southeast, the Mojave in the upper west, and the massive Sonoran taking up most of the southwest and central part of the state. Helping Mexico turn their deserts into Green Zones may also make Mr. Biden be remembered as the POTUS to have finalized the guidelines to save the endangered Monarch butterflies that fly (pun intended) to Mexico from the United States and Canada at the start of autumn. And return to their northern habitat at the beginning of spring.

In the next part or episode of this series on Wednesday, we will discuss the coming saga of saving the Monarch butterflies and the needs of Mexico for irrigation and socioeconomic development. As discussed before in this column, we had met former Mexican President Vicente Fox when he announced plans of Mexico becoming the world’s fifth-biggest economy by 2050.

President Biden and his ANGELS and their proposed “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead” may just be the perfect slogan also to help the Mexicans achieve their economic goal almost next three decades from now.

1 comment

Roberto Reyes January 23, 2022 - 1:48 pm

Here is a reproduction of a good comment from a highly-respected community leader: Numeriano Bouffard
Admin of https://www.facebook.com/groups/2274513509308154 and founder/CEO of Pueblo Filipino of Manzanillo City, Mexico, and president of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, commented:
On target Roberto.

Numeriano Bouffard further commented:

In Mexico they have the Name “angeles verdes “ and their mission is to help stranded vehicles on the highways of Mexico for free. The concept is same as your Angel for the river. The artery of the highways is always a necessary need of people transporting from one place to another. Same as your Angel the need of the river for all intensive purposes.

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