Video: The valley hope forgot

posted at 3:35 pm on September 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

That would be the San Joaquin Valley in California, one of the most prolific agricultural areas in the country — or at least it was, until environmentalists turned off the water. Did they need it for people in response to the drought? No, because the water that would normally flow to the SJV is getting directed out to sea instead. Environmentalists have chosen to bankrupt an entire ecosystem of farms in favor of protecting the Delta smelt, a three-inch fish that neither feeds people nor eliminates pests from the water system.

Sean Hannity covered the story last night, live from the formerly green San Joaquin Valley:

Comedian Paul Rodriguez says, “We could feed the world with this valley,” and while that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it certainly helps feed the nation. “The only thing growing here is despair,” Rodriguez says. “We grew more food with less water, and for our reward, you cut the water off,” Rodriguez tells Barack Obama, the candidate Rodriguez supported in the election. “What’s up with that?”

Hannity also spoke with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is equally displeased:

This is yet another example of radical environmentalists inflicting unnecessary damage to farming and property rights. We should worry about the next target of their radical action after San Joaquin Valley and its impact on property rights, but we also have more mundane reasons for paying attention to the farmers in SJV. The lack of produce from this formerly successful agricultural area will hike prices across the nation — and could make us more dependent on agricultural imports:

Be sure to take the time to watch all of the clips. It’s well worth the time.


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So basically a fish’s life is more important than a human’s life.

rbj on September 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Yeah, this is sick.

We now officially live in a tyranny of the minority. Or tyranny of the idiotic – take your pick.

Fortunately – I think California will become a part of the LIBERTY movement soon enough.

HondaV65 on September 18, 2009 at 3:38 PM

I could understand going to great lengths to protect a species that matters, like blue fin tuna (yes, sushi matters), but did they really do all that to protect delta effing smelt? really?

…really?

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

So basically a fish’s life is more important than a human’s life.

rbj on September 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM

ALL life is more important than human life….

Read “Rainbow Six, State if Fear, Earth in the Balance, and Ted K’s Manifesto to get a plumb of their addled psyche.

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Sad that the Governor of CA cannot control the water that has appearently no impact on any another state (unless the Pacific ocean is one of the missing seven states).

WashJeff on September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I need to make a decision? Present?

NickelAndDime on September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

If you assume the intent is malicious, it makes sense. Otherwise, it doesn’t.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Yes, you are correct. Basically, a 3″ fish is more important.

The west side of Fresno County is dying due to this man made drought and the unemployment rate in some of the small towns is 35%+..!!!

ehlerts on September 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Starvation Panel.

LibTired on September 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Drove past this on a road trip a few months back. You see “Congress Created Dust Bowl” signs posted every few clicks for miles.

BakerAllie on September 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

(yes, sushi matters)

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Maybe. But the chick I ate it off of would have to be epically hot.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I hope Arugula prices go through the roof!

WashJeff on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Rainbow Six? As in Tom Clancy awesome video games Rainbow Six?

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

rbj on September 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Not fish, they’re sea kittens. Remember?

Seriously, I share your outrage.

jwolf on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

No clip of the fight between Hannity and that enviro-nut delta smelt activist?

It was hilarious!

PBoilermaker on September 18, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Rainbow Six? As in Tom Clancy awesome video games Rainbow Six?

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

the Novel it was based on Ernie…

I particularly enjoyed Clark’s answer to “back to nature”

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 3:43 PM

So basically a fish’s life is more important than a human’s life.

rbj on September 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM

No, the self-satisfaction a liberal gets for saving a fish’s live is more important than a human’s life.

nickb on September 18, 2009 at 3:43 PM

This is genocide pure and simple. All for a fish.

Apologetic California on September 18, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Think of the Sea Kittens!

SilverStar830 on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Glad you have posted this. This is one of the many dominoes falling that are not being reported, watched or addressed.

There WILL be a Great Depression. We are already in it, but will not feel it until next year. There will be food shortages, out of control inflation, and unemployment over 20% by this time next year.

Obama will go down as the worst POTUS in US history. And if the USA is as race focused as the left claims the first Black President will make it almost impossible for another to get elected due to the horrid misery coming.

Voidseeker on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Starvation Panel.

LibTired on September 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Stalin killed millions of farmers through starvartion in order to have more to sell and get his point across on collectivization.

Barry will hurt national mutrition to help the Left’s religion.

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I’ve heard about this. It’s ridiculous. But that’s why many of my family got out of farming. Too many environmentalist hoops to jump through.

mjk on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I you don’t support the delta smelt you are a racist.

pedestrian on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

If only fish could sue…

faraway on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

And whats interesting?

California has MORE Congresscritters than any other state…

and the Speaker of the House is from California…

If I was the Gov, I’d ORDER all of my Congresscritters, who are supposed to be representing this state to the Fed Gov, to appear for an emergency meeting on this subject…

so that when they did NOT show up, I could uses it later.

Romeo13 on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Having been sick this week, and on a self imposed respite on the couch, I watched this last night. The tears, and desparation, from these people was truly sad. They want to work, and be productive, and it’s a crime what’s being done to them. This is bogus from beginning to end. When we reach a point, that a lil minnow is worth more than a human life, we’ve reached the end. The insane, truly are running the assylum.

capejasmine on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

So basically a fish’s life is more important than a human’s life.

rbj on September 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM

The farmer’s need to catch the fish in a net and use the fish as fertilizer for the produce.

WashJeff on September 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM

It’s never been about protecting any species. Their goal is the destruction of capitalism and/or the creation of economic chaos.

And they’ve succeeded here.

TXUS on September 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 3:43 PM

LOL i know it’s based on a book, can’t say i’ve read it though. I wasnt aware there was anything besides general black ops kick-@ssery going on in those books.

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Turning on the water would destroy the Delta & Central Valley Farming This “peripheral canal” issue has been going on for at least 50 years and always gets voted down when put in front of the voters.

borg on September 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Rodriguez tells Barack Obama, the candidate Rodriguez supported in the election. “What’s up with that?”

A-hole got what he deserves, to bad we all pay the price.

farright on September 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

If Shwarzenneger had the cojones, he’d declare a state of emergency, send the California National Guard to the pumping stations and forcibly turn on the pumps.

J.J. Sefton on September 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Ed, glad you posted this.

There is a part of me that feels sorry for these farmers. All they are trying to do is make an honest living by farming the land. As an Iowa girl I can realte to that. Without farmers we have nothing.
However, this is California and these people, not necessarily the ones at this protest, keep voting in people who are run by enviromental wack jobs. So for as sorry as I feel for them I have to say…they are the vicitms of the circumstances they created.

milwife88 on September 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/18/science/earth/18oceans.html?_r=2&th&emc=th

Obama seeks National control of water from Great Lakes etc.

If he has a nutty enviromental tsar this could happen anywhere. Didn’t Clinton want to send Great Lakes water to Africa etc? And a pipeline to the desert southwest?

journeyintothewhirlwind on September 18, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The insane, truly are running the assylum.

capejasmine on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Not sure if the misspelling was deliberate, but in any case it is an appropriate metaphor for the current administration.

jwolf on September 18, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Water Rationing…check.
Stop Farming… check.
Make people go on welfare and unemployment….check.

Hmmmm anything else to add to the list?

Hug a tree… check!

upinak on September 18, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The pain and suffering caused by these green extremists are shouldered exclusively by Latino farm workers who have been there for generations. Much of the Central Valley California is almost entirely Latino, even more so in small farm towns. That’s why Paul Rodriguez is up there.

Apologetic California on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I was stationed at NAS Lemoore which is a few miles from where Hannity did that show. Used to be cotton as far as the eye could see in that area. So sad.

RobD on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Humans: The one part of the environment environmentalists could give a crap less about.

jhffmn on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

milwife88 on September 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Those who vote these idiots in don’t understand and constantly mix up the difference of Conservation vrs Enviromental.

Ask any liberal… and they can’t answer you.

upinak on September 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Given the fact that these canals were built to transport water and not become a fishery this is ridiculous. If it wasn’t for farming the canals wouldn’t even exist. Hey smelt, swim somewhere else.

trs on September 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM

I was in the area a few weeks ago. Its sad to see this land brown and burnt up. No kidding, I saw a grove with a few hundred walnut trees all dead. “Congress Created Dust Bowl” signs are dotting the highway. Why in the world would the greenies want to dry up 500,000 acres of fertile land for a smelt?

interesting timeline: http://www.povertyandhunger.org/CongressCreatedDustBowlTimeLine.html

jbh45 on September 18, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Meanwhile China forges ahead and leaves us in the dust. We will all be speaking Chinese in 50 or less years.

rjoco1 on September 18, 2009 at 3:51 PM

The sooner it goes extinct, the sooner farmers can start farming again.

Okay, who wants to host an All-You-Can-Eat Delta smelt fish fry? I’ll bring the tartar sauce.

Daggett on September 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM

unemployment in the area is as high as 40%.

jbh45 on September 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM

milwife88 on September 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

I grew up in the Central Valley of California, and trust me, its got the same City vs. Country political divisions that other places in the country have.

Its just that there are SOOOOO many city folk there… that the country and small town folks voices are drowned out.

Romeo13 on September 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM

If Shwarzenneger had the cojones, he’d declare a state of emergency, send the California National Guard to the pumping stations and forcibly turn on the pumps.

J.J. Sefton on September 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

I blame the steroids on that one.

jhffmn on September 18, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Ed, I see what you did. I will never question you again.

/ don’t hold me to it :)

faraway on September 18, 2009 at 3:53 PM

LOL i know it’s based on a book, can’t say i’ve read it though. I wasnt aware there was anything besides general black ops kick-@ssery going on in those books.

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM

It’s about environmentalists trying to kill off everyone in the world but themselves with a tailored virus.
In the end, the reverse is done with various pieces of military hardware.

Count to 10 on September 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

I you don’t support the delta smelt you are a racist.

pedestrian on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Again?

Cindy Munford on September 18, 2009 at 3:55 PM

journeyintothewhirlwind on September 18, 2009 at 3:48 PM

That will not play well here in Ohio or any of the other Great Lakes states. And neither Oregon nor Washington state wants Columbia River water to go to California. Dear Leader seems hell bent on ticking off as many Americans as possible as quickly as possible.

rbj on September 18, 2009 at 3:55 PM

The guy the had for rebuttaal represented salmon fishermen on the North Coast around Eureka and was saying that the farmers had sold their water to So. Cal.. Salmon fishermen don’t go into the Delta and none of the estuaries on the No. Coast are affected by the water that feeds the delta. He was trying to be louder than Hannity without a cogent arguement.

thomasaur on September 18, 2009 at 3:56 PM

If Shwarzenneger had the cojones, he’d declare a state of emergency, send the California National Guard to the pumping stations and forcibly turn on the pumps.

J.J. Sefton on September 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

He’s already an endangered species himself, as well he should be.

TXUS on September 18, 2009 at 3:56 PM

It’s about environmentalists trying to kill off everyone in the world but themselves with a tailored virus.
In the end, the reverse is done with various pieces of military hardware.

Count to 10 on September 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Clark strips the granola guerillas down to their skin blows up their compound and tells them to walk home….

the jungle devours them all in a week.

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 3:56 PM

If you assume the intent is malicious, it makes sense. Otherwise, it doesn’t.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

You took the thought right of my mind. This has to be on purpose.

SouthernGent on September 18, 2009 at 3:58 PM

A better title for the piece would be The Valley that Hope destroyed.

BioTeachEd on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Clark strips the granola guerillas down to their skin blows up their compound and tells them to walk home….

the jungle devours them all in a week.

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Its starting to come back to me.
If I’m remembering correctly, the compound is in the middle of the Amazon, hundreds of miles from anything.

Count to 10 on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Those who vote these idiots in don’t understand and constantly mix up the difference of Conservation vrs Enviromental.

Ask any liberal… and they can’t answer you.

upinak on September 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM

I figured out the difference back in ’87 when my ecology teacher started on the Gaia sermonizing kick.

He and I had an epic argument that lasted for a month at the end of which I refused to ever be called an environmentalist again.

My distilled argument is this, man and nature are a symbiotic structure and the responsibility is to provide the maximized good to mankind economically and biologically.

His main thrust was “we need to undo ALL HUMAN DAMAGE”….

I dismissed him with a “glad to see you are crafting a new religion” nothing has disabused me of their intentions since.

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

A better title for the piece would be The Valley that Hope destroyed.

BioTeachEd on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

That about sums it up.

Smooth Rooster on September 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Upcoming Newsweek cover: “We’re all racists now”

Daggett on September 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

milwife88 on September 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM
I grew up in the Central Valley of California, and trust me, its got the same City vs. Country political divisions that other places in the country have.

Its just that there are SOOOOO many city folk there… that the country and small town folks voices are drowned out.

Romeo13 on September 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM

I’m a Californian and can attest to this. If you cut out San Francisco and Los Angeles, the majority of the state would probably zone red in the elections. It’s just that the population density in the cities are higher so the enviro-nuts tend to outnumber the other counties.

BakerAllie on September 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Its starting to come back to me.
If I’m remembering correctly, the compound is in the middle of the Amazon, hundreds of miles from anything.

Count to 10 on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Yup.

Clancy captures the whole “we’ll be the only ones left to observe wild kingdom, but with the tools of the society we despise…” riff very well.

I particularly liked the former commie casually shooting the granola muncher with his own peacemaker…

even commies don’t buy their crap.

sven10077 on September 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM

I think its time for California to make like so many other states and assert their 10th A rights, deploy the National Gaurd or CHP and open the taps up and let these people farm.

liquidflorian on September 18, 2009 at 4:02 PM

States need to regain their Sovereignty by refusing to follow the EPA, Endangered Species Act, etc. This should be a States Rights issue.

BierManVA on September 18, 2009 at 4:03 PM

The sooner it goes extinct, the sooner farmers can start farming again.

Okay, who wants to host an All-You-Can-Eat Delta smelt fish fry? I’ll bring the tartar sauce.

Daggett on September 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Actually it is quite the opposite. Once you start eat an animal, you ensure its preservation. If enough people eat the animal, someone is going to make more of that animal.

WashJeff on September 18, 2009 at 4:04 PM

No clip of the fight between Hannity and that enviro-nut delta smelt activist?

It was hilarious!

PBoilermaker on September 18, 2009 at 3:42 PM

The enviro activist kept saying that the water was needed for salmon fishing, and that someone (he didn’t say who) sent the water to southern California, and it turned into a dialogue of the deaf between him and Hannity.

The farmers definitely have a point–water needed for irrigation should not be cut off or diverted elsewhere, but is there infrastructure in place to provide enough water for all Californians in case of a drought?

Southern California gets most of its rain in winter, and northern California gets more rain than the south. If snow-melt from the mountains is not enough to provide water to everyone in the summer, shouldn’t someone think about building dams to store runoff during the wet season and distribute it equitably during the dry season?

Steve Z on September 18, 2009 at 4:04 PM

I think its time for California to make like so many other states and assert their 10th A rights, deploy the National Gaurd or CHP and open the taps up and let these people farm.

liquidflorian on September 18, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Problem is that its already too late in the growing season to do much good this year…

And for the Orchards? It takes YEARS to get the cycle going for a good orchard (as you don’t usualy plant all the trees in one year, you replace some of the trees each year, so you can have a consistant harvest).

Romeo13 on September 18, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Here’s where the farmers get together and hire someone to eliminate the Delta Smelt. No smelt, no reason to divert the water. Unlike all these cities building rail systems, sometimes 19th century solutions can work for 21st century problems.

Kafir on September 18, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Delta Smelts are people too!

I.M. Shatner on September 18, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Steve Z on September 18, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Its already been done… dams such as Exchecker have been around for a Lonnngggg time…

Not to mention things like Lake Powell which feeds water to California…

Problem is the distribution of water has been changed by the Feds… due to lawsuits about fish.

Romeo13 on September 18, 2009 at 4:07 PM

The guy the had for rebuttaal represented salmon fishermen on the North Coast around Eureka and was saying that the farmers had sold their water to So. Cal.. Salmon fishermen don’t go into the Delta and none of the estuaries on the No. Coast are affected by the water that feeds the delta. He was trying to be louder than Hannity without a cogent arguement.

thomasaur on September 18, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Thank you. I tried to watch this last night, and I couldn’t figure out what the heck his point was.

As a (former) farm girl this breaks my heart. Farming is such hard work and it doesn’t always work out. My dad farmed for 25 years and ended up having to sell due to too many bad years. Luckily for him he had a degree to fall back on.

thevastlane on September 18, 2009 at 4:08 PM

So why don’t some of these radical environmentalists get up there and defend their dopey reasons for what they are doing here, especially when it comes to defending a fish that pretty much is performing virtually no service to nature other than its mere existing?

pilamaye on September 18, 2009 at 4:08 PM

thomasaur,

Some of the salmon caught off the north coast of Ca come from the rivers that empty into the delta so water diverted from the delta does cause some damage to the salmon population. Not defending that guy as he was a pissant but just setting the record strait.

RobD on September 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM

The mayor of one of the towns called it “an act of domestic terrorism”. Truer words have never been spoken.

orlandocajun on September 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM

My friend in New Paltz NY (AKA ComIntern Headquarters) has a neighbor whose house was being used as a single’s bar/restroom for a certain kind of vulture. They tried all sorts of things to get rid of them to no avail. Eventually someone told them the only way to drive the scourge away was to stick some dead vultures on their roof. The birds would supposedly get the hint on some instinct or smell level and stay clear.

So they propped up three vulture carcasses on their rooftop. Within hours complaints were coming in and by the next day somebody had tried to get the city to force them to remove the carcasses. Unfortunately, this house was just outside the New Paltz city boundary so they couldn’t do diddly.

Not sure what this has to do with the fish but it’s funny to think of all those Paul Krugmans and Maureen Dowds forced to look at dead vultures for a few weeks.

Maybe if Republicans start lining The Mall with dead spending bills from years past it will have a similar impact?

I.M. Shatner on September 18, 2009 at 4:15 PM

i saw this last night and I don’t really understand what the problem is here. I have read that the water problem goes beyond saving the smelt fish. It has something to do with the way the water system is set up. Apparently, they are allotted a certain amount of water a year and some people are getting 100% of their allotment, while others are getting nothing.

Does anyone on here know the details of this? Also, why can’t the govenor use the 10th Amendment to override the feds on this. 40% unemployment, decrease in food supply to the US/world and people starving I think would qualify. Yes/No? I’m not a legal expert.

Anyone?

ramrants on September 18, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Starvation Panel.

LibTired on September 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

hahaha…Hannity did make the “death panel” reference.

ramrants on September 18, 2009 at 4:17 PM

This is nothing compared to what is coming if Cap and Trade passes.

patrick neid on September 18, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Another “forest for the trees” moment in environmental, liberal history.

redridinghood on September 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

This is way worse than the ACORN scandel. They don’t care about people period. This should be on every newspaper and tv show. This is an outrage. I can’t believe this is happening in America. The Whitehouse should be ashamed of themseleves for saying they care about poor people but not helping them.

flash044 on September 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

A good way to counter the environuts argument is to point out the benefits of the growing local food/farm to fork movement.

Most of this food is consumed locally and I’m sure many Americans would much rather support U.S. farmers than imports driven in hundreds of miles from South America.

The Ugly American on September 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM

I have lived in CA for over 20 years and I still can’t understand the water wars. I do know LA wants water from the North (see the movie Chinatown) but after that, it’s massively confusing, and when the government takes control of a scarce resource, politics determines who gets what.

The Water Wars

PattyJ on September 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Driving up through the central valley and you are overwhelmed by the amount of farming…first in cotton, first in almonds, much of the 12 months of year it is growing season…the bread basket of America.
And what will happen, shift the food to Mexico and let them reap the benefits…and they have a lot less regard for the environment and healthy crops then we do.
So they “solve” one problem here, and create an even greater one somewhere else…fools.

right2bright on September 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM

This is nothing compared to what is coming if Cap and Trade passes.

patrick neid on September 18, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Exactly, this is a preview of upcoming distractions.

right2bright on September 18, 2009 at 4:22 PM

The insane, truly are running the assylum.

capejasmine on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

And the drunks are running the liquor store.

I.M. Shatner on September 18, 2009 at 4:23 PM

That will not play well here in Ohio or any of the other Great Lakes states. And neither Oregon nor Washington state wants Columbia River water to go to California. Dear Leader seems hell bent on ticking off as many Americans as possible as quickly as possible.

rbj on September 18, 2009 at 3:55 PM

O already has a Great Lakes Tsar- guy who used to run Alliance for the Great Lakes- Cameron Davis. The article says O wants to do away with all the political battles between the states, business, farming, recreation users etc and put the health of the Lakes above all.

One of the first articles in the 100 days of O was on Cameron Davis being named the Great Lakes Tsar and having a 20 Billion dollar budget and coordinating ie controlling a dozen agencies that deal with the Lakes.

Alliance for the Great Lakes fought against an oil company (BP?) increasing their ammonia? release into the lakes.

He’s a New Trier HS graduate and friend of O’s from when they met at a Lake Michigan cleanup day.

journeyintothewhirlwind on September 18, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Build more nuke plants and desalinate the ocean.

WashJeff on September 18, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Produce is racist.

LibertyBoyNYC on September 18, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Farmer depression: He who felt it, Delta smelt it.

Daggett on September 18, 2009 at 4:26 PM

SOLAR FARMS!!!!???? ARE THE LEFTISTS INSANE!!??? SOLAR POWER DOESNT GROW ON TREES!!!!!!!

moonbatkiller on September 18, 2009 at 4:26 PM

I watched and was near tears. I usually don’t watch Hannity but couldn’t miss this one.

Growing up in the Bay Area I spent a lot of time traveling I-5 or ’99′ or the 101, usually at night. At 1AM you could virtually smell things grow. Blistering heat, water, and the best dirt on God’s planet fed the world. Had one relative with large holdings in the Central Valley and last I heard his heirs were hanging on by a thread. He employed hundreds.

There is a special place in hell for people that would do what the enviromentalists have done to this country. Not out of wisdom but malice.

24K lady on September 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Why do people bend over and grab the ankles for these groups?Follow the money right?I heard on Rush today in St Louis they want the lights off for migratory birds???And the city is agreeing?Give me a break!What did the birds do before electricity,they have better sight than we do and they have radar.This is unbelievable and it’s worse that they get away with it.

ohiobabe on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

I do know LA wants water from the North (see the movie Chinatown) but after that, it’s massively confusing, and when the government takes control of a scarce resource, politics determines who gets what.

PattyJ on September 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM

What also infuriates me is watching every winter, the thousands of gallons of fresh, clean rainwater rushing down the L.A. “river” (i.e. sewage canal) straight into the ocean rather than being directed into reservoirs.

Not only is it wasteful, the end result is pollution, algae blooms and closed beaches.

It’s pure environmental insanity. Again, all for the benefit of “saving” what is basically a concrete ditch.

The Ugly American on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

That whole saying about California leading the way for the rest of the country has become ominous.

T.D.D. on September 18, 2009 at 4:30 PM

From what I understand the proble is that the Delta smelt is native to the Sacramento/San Joaquin river delta where it is endangered. For many years water has been diverted from the delta, south through canals to farmers in the central valley. The pumps kill some of the smelt as the water is pumped into the canal but some survive the pumps and now live in the canals. When the farmers pump the water out of the canals they kill more of the smelt that should not be there in the first place.

RobD on September 18, 2009 at 4:30 PM

It’s just not this…

… Enviornmentalist have fought tooth and nail against the Carlsbad Desalination Project.

In the mean time, we pay higher water fees, forced to use less, and local farmers in Southern California are going out of business as well…

… It’s all over the state.

“‘Once is happenstance, Twice is coincidence, Three times is enemy action.’”

Seven Percent Solution on September 18, 2009 at 4:32 PM

That whole saying about California leading the way for the rest of the country has become ominous.

T.D.D. on September 18, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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My thoughts exactly when I saw how many senators were from Calif. who voted not to cut off funds for acorn!

ohiobabe on September 18, 2009 at 4:32 PM

I heard on Rush today in St Louis they want the lights off for migratory birds
ohiobabe on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

More birds for the windmills to chop-up.

WashJeff on September 18, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Waxman and Pelosi? They are creating their own havoc. Why are they blind to this?
If california is broke, have they consdiered starting up farming again?

seven on September 18, 2009 at 4:33 PM

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