Everyone's Hands Are Dirty
- On one hand you have Jerry Brown and his Democrat allies trying to destroy the Sacramento Delta and drain it dry with giant water tunnels. Now you have the GOP House working hard to destroy the Delta on behalf of their agri-business campaign contributors.
- Just because you choose to farm in a desert you do not have the right to destroy the natural wonders of California.
- Solution - Instead of raping the Delta, why not build desalination plants on the coast and pump that new water right into the California aqueduct system for farms and cities? But common sense ideas like these require too much thought for the pinheads in government and business.
(Los Angeles Times) - The GOP controlled House on Tuesday passed a California drought bill, despite a veto threat from the Obama administration and its expected demise in the Senate in the final days before Congress adjourns.
|Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir|
back in the days when the GOP cared
about the environment.
The 230-182 vote was largely a symbolic gesture in the years-long effort by House Republicans to weaken endangered species protections that have restricted water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and urban Southern California.
"This bill very clearly tries to override the requirements of the Endangered Species Act," said attorney Doug Obegi of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "It's obviously a warmup for next year with Senate control by the Republicans."
The drought debate demonstrated the growing clout of California Republicans. The measure's key champion was House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, who rose to the post only months ago. A longtime ally of agribusiness, McCarthy used his control over the legislative calendar to bring the GOP bill to the floor in the waning days of the legislative session, even though negotiations over a bipartisan bill had collapsed weeks earlier.
Devin Nunes, a Central Valley Republican, compared the Democrats who opposed the water legislation to communist bureaucrats.
"This is about San Francisco and Los Angeles getting all of their water, never giving up one drop, and they have taken the water from our communities," Nunes said. (In fact, delta deliveries have been cut to Los Angeles and the rest of the Southland.)
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|Burt Wilson, of Sacramento, who worked to oppose the 1982 peripheral canal plan, joined others in a protest against a plan announced by Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, to build a giant twin tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities. (stamfordadvocate.com)|