A farming board is debating changes to local water management practices amidst growing concern over water rights claimed by larger farms and the potential for future drought conditions. The owners of the larger farms claim that their continued growth grants them a larger portion of water because they are directly responsible for bringing more jobs and more economic stability to their region.
Further, they claim that historic weather patterns clearly document the continued sustainability of their water-use practices. They also point out that both the county and state water reserves are calculated to be able to provide water at the current levels of use for a three-year period, indicating that there is plenty of water to go around.
Which of the following is the primary flaw of the argument presented by the large farm owners?"