Published On: Mon, Apr 20th, 2015

Bill Shatner Needs $30 Billion in Spare Change to Solve California’s Drought

"If it doesn’t rain next year, what do 20 million people in the breadbasket of the world do?"


Bill Shatner has initiated a $30 billion Kickstarter campaign to fund a new water pipeline in order to “save” California. The actor has also announced plans to write a new book about his late friend and Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy.

As the whole world knows, the State of California is in the midst of what may be the worst drought in its history. This in spite of the fact that other parts of the United States were covered in record amounts of snow and rain this past winter.

The man best known for commanding the Enterprise discussed his plans with Yahoo Tech. Shatner said, “California’s in the midst of a 4-year-old drought, ” he said. “They tell us there’s a year’s supply of water left. If it doesn’t rain next year, what do 20 million people in the breadbasket of the world do? In a place that’s the fifth-largest GDP — if California were a country, it’d be fifth in line — we’re about to be arid! What do you do about it?”

“So I’m starting a Kickstarter campaign. I want $30 billion … to build a pipeline like the Alaska pipeline. Say, from Seattle — a place where there’s a lot of water. There’s too much water. How bad would it be to get a large, 4-foot pipeline, keep it aboveground — because if it leaks, you’re irrigating!”

As for the book about Nimoy, Shatner discussed his plans while speaking at the Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai last week.

“I’ve been asked to write a book about it, and I think I will, ” he told reporters.

“Leonard and I knew each other for many, many years and one of the aspects of having a long relationship is, you validate the memories… When someone dies that is a friend of yours, all those memories begin to shimmer and slide away, because you think, ’Did we kick that tire or did we not?’ and you have nobody to validate it, and gradually the memories evaporate.”

“That’s one of the tragedies of a friend of yours dying. Friendship has multi-levels of meanings. That’s the area I would examine in the book.”

Shatner, 84, was recently criticized for not attending Leonard Nimoy’s funeral. The man known most for playing Mr. Spock died at the end of February at the age of 83.

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