|House Speaker John Boehner, right, speaks about California's drought Wednesday in a field |
outside Bakersfield. Listening are, from left, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare. AP photo
- Follow the Money - Agri-Business dumps a lot of money into the campaigns of Republicans and Democrats. The lobby snaps their fingers and Speaker Boehner from Ohio shows up in Bakersfield demanding that the Sacramento Delta be pumped dry.
- Meanwhile we see Jerry Brown and his Democrat legislature work to rape the Delta as a payoff to unions and businessmen.
- As a Conservative John Muir Conservationist I am finding I have more in common with the Sierra Club than the GOP. We cannot destroy our natural heritage.
(San Francisco Chronicle) - House Speaker John Boehner visited a dusty California field on Wednesday, joining Central Valley Republicans to announce an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what is certain to be a devastating year.
If passed, the bill that's already stirring controversy would temporarily halt restoration of the San Joaquin River designed to bring back the historic salmon flow, among other measures. Farmers want that water diverted to their crops.
Standing on the field just outside of Bakersfield, Boehner said that where he's from in Ohio, the logic applied in California regarding water policy would cause people to shake their heads.
"How you can favor fish over people is something people in my part of the world would never understand," Boehner said.
|Drought threatens coho salmon with extinction.|
Hey Speaker Beohner, what happens when your food becomes extinct?
The coho salmon of Central California, which swim up the rivers and creeks during the first winter rains, are stranded in the ocean waiting for the surge of water that signals the beginning of their annual migration, but it may never come.
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The bill is expected to be introduced in two weeks. It calls for allowing farmers to pump from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as water permits and forms a House-Senate committee to tackle water troubles.
Boehner was joined by three Republican colleagues: Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield and Rep. David Valadao of Hanford. The announcement followed Gov. Jerry Brown's declaration on Friday that California is suffering from a drought.
Valadao said Boehner's visit draws the nation's attention to California's dry weather. In turn, each lawmaker railed on Senate Democrats for failing to negotiate with them. In a statement, Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein rejected the claim of inaction.
|Democrat Jerry Brown and his corrupt allies in the |
legislature also wants to rape the Sacramento
Delta and ship the water south.
Restoration of the San Joaquin River has caused fierce battles spanning years that have pitted farmers in need of irrigation water against groups that wish to bring the salmon runs back to historic levels.
"Salmon, and families (who) depend on them, are the ones we need to act to save now," John McManus, executive director of Golden Gate Salmon Association, said in a statement. "Salmon are dying in the drought-stricken Central Valley rivers and soon that will translate into lost jobs on the coast and inland waterways."
As the nation's leading farming state, California could be in its worst dry spell in a century, unless significant rain falls within the next two months. The parched weather could also wreak havoc during California's notorious wildfire season.
The San Joaquin River starts in the Sierra Nevada east of Fresno and collects at the Friant Dam into Millerton Lake.
It flows a few miles after the dam but dries up before reaching the Pacific Ocean. The river resumes downstream with water from the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers, which each have salmon population. The river's restoration is estimated to cost $1 billion in federal funds.
|Draining the Delta Dry|
Political hacks from both parties just can't wait to suck the Delta dry
in political payoffs to unions and businesses.