The Dust Bowl Congress created

posted at 1:36 pm on April 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

For decades, the California’s Central Valley provided food to the nation and the world, and made California an agricultural powerhouse through wise water management.  In weeks, the federal government brought it to an end after determining that the Delta smelt was more important than the thousands of people employed by Central Valley agriculture or the millions of people fed by it.  Monica Showalter takes Investors Business Daily readers on a travelogue of the Dust Bowl Congress and the federal bureaucracy created:

On a springtime drive through the Central Valley, it’s hard not to notice how federal and state governments are hell-bent on destroying the state’s top export — almonds — and everything else in the nation’s most productive farmland.

Instead of pink blossoms and green shoots along Highway 5 in April, vast spans from Bakersfield to Fresno sit bone-dry. Brown grass, dead orchards and lifeless grapevine skeletons stretch for miles for lack of water. For every fallow field, there’s a sign that farmers have placed alongside the highway: “No Water = No Food,” “No Water = No Jobs,” “Congress Created Dust Bowl.”

Locals say it’s been like this for two years now, as Congress and bureaucrats cite “drought,” “global warming” and “endangered species” to deny water to this $37 billion breadbasket through arbitrary “environmental” quotas.

It started with a 2008 federal court order that stopped water flowing from northern tributaries on a supposed need to protect a small fish — the delta smelt — that was getting ground up in the turbines of pump stations that divert the water south. The court knew it was bad law, but Congress refused to exempt the fish from the Endangered Species Act and the diversion didn’t help the fish.

After that, the water cutoff was blamed on “drought,” though northern reservoirs are currently full. Now the cry is “save the salmon,” a reference to water needs of the state’s northern fisheries.

Whatever the excuse, 75% of the fresh water that has historically irrigated California is now being washed to the open sea. For farmers in the southwest part of the valley, last year’s cutoff amounted to 90%.

There wouldn’t be any good time to deliberately destroy California’s agricultural economy, but 2009-10 is a particularly bad time.  Unemployment has hit 45% in some of the towns in the region, and mortgage defaults have predictably risen as well.  Instead of feeding itself, California now has to import more food from abroad, with Mexico getting most of the benefit and California consumers paying the price.

It has, however, provided Democrats with a way of extorting votes from California’s Congressional delegation, as Showalter explains in the article.  Two of the Congressional districts in the area got immediate increases in water allotments after their Democratic Representatives committed to vote for ObamaCare in March.  The one district represented by a Republican mysteriously had its request for more water ignored.

Read the entire report.  It’s a shameful indictment of government intervention, which has caused the destruction of an entire industry and the impoverishment of thousands of Americans, all for the sake of an inedible fish.


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mwdiver on April 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

It’s the Chicago way!

Johnnyreb on April 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

smelt is good bait fish.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

There’s nothing more traditional in Nature than species extinction. One door closes, another door opens.

RBMN on April 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

All repubs should use this across Koolaidfornia…it should make great political adverts–unfortunately.

lovingmyUSA on April 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

If I lived in this area, I would try and catch every single little fish I could find and fry them for supper! I probably would spend years in jail I would imagine though. This is insane, beyond insane!
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letget on April 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

What are food and jobs compared to the delta smelt? Come on, people!

crash72 on April 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

something smelt fishy about this…..
sorry, i just had to go there.

jbh45 on April 30, 2010 at 1:46 PM

It’s a shameful indictment of government intervention, which has caused the destruction of an entire industry and the impoverishment of thousands of Americans, all for the sake of an inedible fish.

It was never about the fish

cntrlfrk on April 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Actually, I have driven through this area this past year several times. Unemployment is in the 40% range. Sad, very sad.

jbh45 on April 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Aaaaannnndddduhhh… weren’t some trollish types just here to tell us how Frisco and Cali’ don’t need us, the rest of the U.S. esp. AZ?

I think Cali’, and NYC, (talking to you ernesto) do need us; if only to save them from themselves… and those they send to D.C..

Doorgunner on April 30, 2010 at 1:48 PM

This is how Democrats deal with their opposition, one of the few “Red” areas of California – they kill their economy….

DL13 on April 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Why is this post 100% negative? Why doesn’t it mention that the smelt are now happy?

blink on April 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Fish bigotry?

mwdiver on April 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

It will take decades to come back. There were producing orchids that were 50-70 years old that have died.

It’s almost like the donks want higher food prices.

jukin on April 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

It is only the beginning…

d1carter on April 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

It was never about the fish

cntrlfrk on April 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

+100

WitchDoctor on April 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Whatever the excuse, 75% of the fresh water that has historically irrigated California is now being washed to the open sea.

Stupid.

Two of the Congressional districts in the area got immediate increases in water allotments after their Democratic Representatives committed to vote for ObamaCare in March. The one district represented by a Republican mysteriously had its request for more water ignored.

Evil.

itsnotaboutme on April 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I used to be stationed at the NAS in Lemoore there back in the 1980s. We had farmers actually growing alfalfa on the base. I used to run from the main side to the air field a bunch and there were literally miles of the stuff growing there. There were tons of almond trees and all types produce growing everywhere from Lemoore to Fresno along the roads and canals.

Johnnyreb on April 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Why has the Obama administration been so slow to deal with the oil spill in Gulf?

d1carter on April 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

this is a MASSIVE crime in progress! the utterly out of control “Green” movemment is turning a FERTILE VALLEY into a HUMAN DISASTER!

I have driven past these areas numerous times…it breaks your heart (unless your alGore)!

Justrand on April 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

They are in the food chain and eaten by BIGGER fish.If not eaten they live only about 1 year.It makes sense to ruin an entire region for them,huh?John Wayne said,”Life is tough.Tougher if your stupid.”

docflash on April 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

It’s almost as if the Fascist-Democrats are intentionally trying to destroy the USA.

rbj on April 30, 2010 at 1:51 PM

The Dust Bowl Congress Democrats created

There, fixed.

RD on April 30, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Instead of feeding itself, California now has to import more food from abroad, with Mexico getting most of the benefit and California consumers paying the price.

No wonder all the asparagus in my supermarkets says “product of Mexico” now. Ditto the green onions and tomatoes and bell peppers.

And all the canned peaches I looked at recently said “product of China” on the label.

no gracias

funky chicken on April 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM

This is counterproductive. What they should do is let as many delta smelts as possible get ground up in the turbines. Sooner or later, a delta smelt mutation will create a super-smelt that isn’t affected by the turbines. That is, after all, how evolution works, right?

Daggett on April 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM

The Obami hate America.

In time, America will come to hate the Obami.

Me?

Just trying to figure a way to ride out the storm.

turfmann on April 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Two of the Congressional districts in the area got immediate increases in water allotments after their Democratic Representatives committed to vote for ObamaCare in March. The one district represented by a Republican mysteriously had its request for more water ignored.

The FBI should open an investigation immediately.

RD on April 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

So, how much life have they extinguished in order to “protect”… how much life was it again?

RD on April 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Well one of these days those of us on the right will understand that the left wants us dead…not submissive. They have been waging war against us and we have been tut tutting…

Perhaps one day we will have our own set of Earth Firsters but instead of fighting for “Mother Gaia” they will fight for us. Maybe…

PierreLegrand on April 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

CA and TX are similar in size, population, and ethnic composition. CA is dying. High taxes and fees, junk bond ratings, ridiculously over budget, horrific schools. TX keeps its house in order, lowered taxes and stimulated its economy, schools are good, state is healthy.
Why doesn’t the GOP use this comparison to educate the public?

itsnotaboutme on April 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

This story should have been on the front page of every newspaper in the country every day since this “Man Made Crisis” began. Hannity and Beck have done some reporting, but not a lot of people know about how the Government is killing these communities FOR NO GOOD REASON!

Amazing times we live in.

Ordinary1 on April 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Fishism!!!

BallisticBob on April 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Whatever the excuse, 75% of the fresh water that has historically irrigated California is now being washed to the open sea. For farmers in the southwest part of the valley, last year’s cutoff amounted to 90%.

Hard to make the sea level drop when you’re pumping lotsa extra fresh water into there, isn’t it?

Also, don’t healthy green plants take in carbon dioxide? Starving these farmers and destroying their crops is then causing an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, right?

funky chicken on April 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

All part of the Marxist agenda. I don’t know why states just don’t start ignoring the federal government. Turn the water on. The state itself should protect these people with National Guard troops if necessary. They should dare the fed to stop them.

darwin on April 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Control the food and you control the people. Just ask Stalin.

Akzed on April 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Something smelt fishy about this…..
sorry, i just had to go there.

jbh45 on April 30, 2010 at 1:46 PM

He who smelt it dealt it!

Ordinary1 on April 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

As long as you vote Democrat you get water, if you vote Republican, blame BOOOOOOOOOSH! Isn’t there a lawsuit here? How could a Democratic district get water and a Republican one not? Hope and Change baby! It’s the only way, vote my way or go thirsty and hungry.

By the way, how is this helping the illegals that pick the crops? Their jobless now… Oh wait.. I guess they’veapplied for unemployment, right?

Atlanta Media Guy on April 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Obamaville.

Fletch54 on April 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Could it be that this land might be used for homes, shopping centers, etc.? If these landowners go under, someone could come in a grab the land for next to nothing.
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letget on April 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Pardon me for not proof reading, they’re jobless now. And please split they’ve and applied. Thanks!

Atlanta Media Guy on April 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM

It’s almost like the donks want higher food prices.

jukin on April 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

How about starve us into submission, worked well in Russia and China.

heshtesh on April 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Could it be that this land might be used for homes, shopping centers, etc.? If these landowners go under, someone could come in a grab the land for next to nothing.
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letget on April 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

A possibility, but wouldn’t the water cutoff still be an issue? Or would the smelt magically be ignored if farms weren’t the recipients.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

They voted for it, tough.

Neo on April 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

The feds have run amuck and needs be reined in. Must be reined in for the good of all Americans.

Sherman1864 on April 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

There’s nothing more traditional in Nature than species extinction. One door closes, another door opens.

RBMN on April 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

In this case, it is the humans who are being extincted.

By Congressional mandate.

Demonstrating less brains than a bag of doorknobs.

profitsbeard on April 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Could it be that this land might be used for homes, shopping centers, etc.? If these landowners go under, someone could come in a grab the land for next to nothing.
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letget on April 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Hmmmmmm … now that you mention it, I wouldn’t doubt there’s some scheme in play where someone stands to make millions off the land. No water for farms, land owners sell cheap. When they sell, mystery buyer get water turned back on. I’ll bet the mystery buyer is a so-called “environmentalist”.

darwin on April 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM

This is the fish responsible

FontanaConservative on April 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Something is very very seriously wrong with what is happening in the Central Valley. It has been a very strong Republican area and that is the reason that their pleas for help have been ignored by Feinstein, Boxer and the rest of the Democrat regime currently in power. There is a rumor that they want to turn the valley into a giant wind farm as well. Those running against Boxer should be highlighting this travesty in every campaign add!! Same for Feinstein in two years. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Democrats in power in all of Ca and D. C. are evil to their core…no doubt

CCRWM on April 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM

All part of the Marxist agenda. I don’t know why states just don’t start ignoring the federal government. Turn the water on. The state itself should protect these people with National Guard troops if necessary. They should dare the fed to stop them.

darwin on April 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Excuse me, but did you just imply that the state legislature of California would be less Marxist than the Feds?

Glad to see that California’s still producing fine sinsemilla.

cthulhu on April 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Make it a billboard size all over the country.

I’ll chip in some of my own money.

Sir Napsalot on April 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Obeyme’s mentor Ayers:

PRAIRIE FIRE is written to communist-minded people,
independent organizers and anti-imperialists;

PRAIRIE FIRE is written to all sisters and brothers who are
engaged in armed struggle against the enemy.

We are communist women and men, underground in the United States … in the struggle against US imperialism.

Our intention is to disrupt the empire … to incapacitate it,… to join the world struggle, to attack from the inside.

faraway on April 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

These are the people who think they’re wise enough to control the healthcare system (as well as every other major American industry).

They’re all incompetent, stupid clowns. Right to the very top.

Cicero43 on April 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

It’s almost like the donks want higher food prices.

jukin on April 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Or want us to have to import more from Mexico and China.

Really, read the backs of the canned and packaged fruit at your store. I couldn’t find a single package of peaches that didn’t say “product of China” on it–name brand or store brand.

American farmers can’t grow peaches for Del Monte any more?

funky chicken on April 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Wait, is it the US congress or just local CA greenie coerced lagislature body?

Sir Napsalot on April 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Stop me if I’m wrong but isn’t Bakersfield home to many more Latinos than whites? Looks as if Obalmy may lose that segment of the Latino vote?

jeanie on April 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

It’s almost like the donks want higher food prices.

jukin on April 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Control the food and you control the people. Just ask Stalin.

Akzed on April 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Just needs to be repeated.

tetriskid on April 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Detroit West! Looks like 2010 should get some folks attenion.

Dire Straits on April 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

OT: China to start global 24-hour English TV news

Exit question: How will they differentiate themselves from MSNBC?

faraway on April 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Excuse me, but did you just imply that the state legislature of California would be less Marxist than the Feds?

cthulhu on April 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I suppose I did. My mistake. The California legislature probably voted to have the land seeded with salt.

darwin on April 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

VERY 1984ish.

I think the only thing Orwell missed was the letters B.H.O. stamped across the front of the book.

UnderstandingisPower on April 30, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I’m serious when i say this; we need to remove california from the Union and erect a fence around it. This way when they fail as a state and people lose their jobs and starve they cant migrate to other states and infect them with the chicago/detriot/california ideology of running a government.

Once they die off we can just reclaim it from Mexico, again. or, let them keep it! It will largely be desert anyway.

LordJack on April 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Daggett on April 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM

+1

mwdiver on April 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

CA is too big to fail.

faraway on April 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

This is a national issue, every state in the union can be severely harmed in just this way.

Speakup on April 30, 2010 at 2:21 PM

LordJack on April 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

I would be dismayed but not surprised to see at least one state being abandoned in the coming decade.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 2:21 PM

This was made painfully obvious in a news photo datelined Mendota, Calif., and showing farm workers standing in food lines. The laborers who once picked vegetables in California’s world-renowned “salad bowl” were taking handouts not of California carrots, but of baby carrots grown in China.

Almost all the fresh garlic sold in supermarkets is from China now too.

They are killing trees in CA so agricultural production can shift to China….carbon footprint, anybody?

funky chicken on April 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Hmmmmmm … now that you mention it, I wouldn’t doubt there’s some scheme in play where someone stands to make millions off the land. No water for farms, land owners sell cheap. When they sell, mystery buyer get water turned back on. I’ll bet the mystery buyer is a so-called “environmentalist”.

darwin on April 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM

“Forget it, Jake, it’s just Chinatown.”

profitsbeard on April 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

For years in the 90′s the widening of Route 101 from Manchester to Hampton – a road notorious for automobile deaths because it was a 2-lane secondary road and the only major road that actually went to the beach from the interior of the state – was held up by environmentalists because they discovered a rare species of… wait for it… I kid you not… mosquitos.

Par for the course… mosquitos (or inedible fish) are more important than human lives.

crazy_legs on April 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

This is the most racist issue around this week.
The unemployment for minorities is sky high. When the field work comes back, the immigrants hustle to do these jobs.
Our two faced administration is putting this big worried act 10 days after the rig fire in the Gulf of mexico. Save the poor fishermen. Here nothing.
I have a farm background. I also see environmentalists are the phonies. The freight/fuel to import veggies from Mexico and Chile is not using local gardens correctly.

seven on April 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM

It’s almost as if the Fascist-Democrats are intentionally trying to destroy the USA.

rbj on April 30, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Almost?

MainelyRight on April 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM

I’m glad this is getting more media attention again. I’ll never understand why it’s more important to protect a fish than to provide jobs and food for the citizens.

GrannySunni on April 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Welcome to the Chicago Department of Water. Complaining about thirst is unAmerican and those complaining are racist nazis who want to kill small fish and kindergarten children.
 
Way to go California, you got what you voted for. Democrats have a solid track record of this kind of management, so stop complaining and enjoy the glorious benefits provided by your comrades (Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer…)

ClanDerson on April 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Soon, this will be what the whole country looks like. How’s that hopenchange working out, eh?

jdawg on April 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Two of the Congressional districts in the area got immediate increases in water allotments after their Democratic Representatives committed to vote for ObamaCare in March. The one district represented by a Republican mysteriously had its request for more water ignored.

Central Chicago Valley.

unclesmrgol on April 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Wait, is it the US congress or just local CA greenie coerced lagislature body?

Sir Napsalot on April 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Doesn’t matter. It’s anywhere that Democrats are in power. Wait, that’s everywhere!

jdawg on April 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

There’s only one answer – defeat every single Democrat running for any office anywhere – Every. Single. One.

jdawg on April 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

California Farmers
The New Endangered Species

Southern Tragedu on April 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Way to go California, you got what you voted for. Democrats have a solid track record of this kind of management, so stop complaining and enjoy the glorious benefits provided by your comrades (Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer…)

ClanDerson on April 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

+1000

We hear more about stupid Californians wanting to boycott Arizona, ban toys in Happy Meals, and break the legs of people opposed to gay marriage than we do about the death of America’s breadbasket and the loss of thousands of jobs. If they don’t care about their own biggest economic driver, why should we? We can get our food from other places.

rockmom on April 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

We can get our food from other places.

rockmom on April 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Yup. Like our own backyards. I can’t wait until I can put in my garden!

sicoit on April 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM

ARUGULA FREE ZONE?

profitsbeard on April 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

How’s that Hopenchnge working out, California? Are the predominantly hispanic migrant workers happy with the deal they’re getting from the La Raza supported political class? Everyone happy? No?

Vote out the scum.

MTF on April 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

ARUGULA FREE ZONE?

profitsbeard on April 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Can that include all of NE? ;)

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Why is this post 100% negative? Why doesn’t it mention that the smelt are now happy?

blink on April 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Read the article.

The court knew it was bad law, but Congress refused to exempt the fish from the Endangered Species Act and the diversion didn’t help the fish.

The answer is no.

California farmers were deprived water for the sake of depriving them of water.

They say it’s for the salmon now, but they didn’t say that then. They can also always think of something else to ‘save’. What about all the wildlife that depended on those fields and irrigation water? What about all the people that depended on those farms?

Ain’t no other way to put it: this was made to make people suffer.

Chaz706 on April 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

It’s the Chicago way!

Johnnyreb on April 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Zimbabwe might be a better analogy here.

year_of_the_dingo on April 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

This is a national issue, every state in the union can be has been severely harmed in just this way.

Speakup on April 30, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Read the amendment to the clean water act. Now all waters are under control of the feds if that thing passes.

We are so screwed.

Chaz706 on April 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Zimbabwe might be a better analogy here.

year_of_the_dingo on April 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

It’s the Zimbabwe!

8]

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Ich bin hier von der Bundesregierung, und ich bin hier, die Sie unterstützen.

Johan Klaus on April 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

rockmom on April 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

 
Well said. Unfortunately there are some good people California who don’t subscribe to all this nonsense who are being hurt. Perhaps they ignored the looming disaster for too long and didn’t get involved when they should have. Whatever the case, shame on us if we let this liberal stupidity happen to the rest of our country.

ClanDerson on April 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

DEMOCRAT CONGRESS:

Constituents??? We don’t need any stinkin’ Constituents!!!

landlines on April 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Obamaville.

Fletch54 on April 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

“… wasting away again in B. Obamaville…”

Midas on April 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

It has, however, provided Democrats with a way of extorting votes from California’s Congressional delegation, as Showalter explains in the article. Two of the Congressional districts in the area got immediate increases in water allotments after their Democratic Representatives committed to vote for ObamaCare in March. The one district represented by a Republican mysteriously had its request for more water ignored.

Yeah, but even the water increases were minimal. I used to live (and am still registered) in one of these districts and as a former intern for the State Assemblyman from here, I’ve seen the state Democrats as well as the feds just piss on the farmers.

The assemblyman who I worked for, Danny Gilmore, R-30, was assigned the smallest office because he dared to stand up for the Central Valley’s water rights (in addition to having won the seat which the Democrats view as rightfully theirs due to some horrendous gerrymandering).

Thanks for posting the story. We need more people to lobby Congress on this issue in order to prevent one of the world’s most productive agricultural areas from dying out and all of America’s food prices from skyrocketing.

Obama said he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class (a promise already broken), but he’s doing further harm to the working and middle class by not addressing this issue by convening the God Squad to overturn this stupid ESA ruling.

darii on April 30, 2010 at 3:29 PM

It’s the Zimbabwe!

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Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Perfect!

katy the mean old lady on April 30, 2010 at 3:33 PM

The one district represented by a Republican mysteriously had its request for more water ignored.

For a few votes they will let people suffer…my God, how could anyone be proud of being a democrat, shameful despicable people.

right2bright on April 30, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Why has the Obama administration been so slow to deal with the oil spill in Gulf?

d1carter on April 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Racism!

Johan Klaus on April 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Questions :

Where does the water to irrigate the vineyards of CA comes from ?

How many vineyards have been destroyed to save the smelt / salmon / headlice wahtever

Of all those Central Valley farmers that the marxists have destroyed , how many had given campaign contributions to Repubs ?

macncheez on April 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM

The smelt could be raised by the millions in fisheries until the drought is over and the smelt numbers are stabilized. Then the people of California could have water and agriculture again.

However, the environmentalists argue that the smelt would be sad in the fisheries… and Mother Nature would cry. They wouldn’t be able to reach their full fishy potential and practice their natural fishy lifestyle.

What the environmentalists are obviously trying to do is reduce California’s population by starving its citizens of water. If increased food prices causes deaths in poorer countries, well, that’s not a bug, that’s a feature. Radical environmentalists are the sworn enemies of humankind.

BTW, the smelt is only a threatened species according to the feds, not endangered. And there’s considerable differences in the fish counts… recent fish counts show more, but the government doesn’t want to be admit their horrific blunder. Lysenkoism lives.

theCork on April 30, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Land grabs by the feds using the ESA are never going to stop until geneticists really define what constitutes a species.
A species is only an isolated gene pool of an organism.
Smelt is the taxonomic term for these critters, & they will vary genetically from one pond to another.
That does not make them sufficiently ‘endangered’ & special to the point we need to destroy thousands of people’s livelihoods.
If the entire SPECIES of smelts were endangered, perhaps that would deserve a 2nd look.
But just bcs some isolated little inbred gene pool of some species is having a hard time keeping up does not mean it needs such protection.

Badger40 on April 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

And notice how you can still have water flowing to the taps in the cities.
Everyone can build all over, creating more demand for water for sprinklers, swimming pools, water fountains, etc.
This isn’t regulated like agricultural irrigation.
Look at OR.
It’s a land grab.Evil.

Badger40 on April 30, 2010 at 4:38 PM

If I lived in this area, I would try and catch every single little fish I could find and fry them for supper!

letget on April 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I would find out what the delta smelt’s natural predator was and stock the northern tributaries with as many as I could find. Once the delta smelt population was decimated “naturally,” they wouldn’t have any reason not to turn the pumps back on.

Kafir on April 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

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