Obama: CA Central Valley drought due to climate change

posted at 1:01 pm on February 15, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

While the East Coast and Midwest suffer through a cold and snow-heavy winter, the people of California are in the midst of a drought — and a particularly bad one, even for a state that has regular battles with droughts over the course of my lifetime. Most people don’t recall this, but those of us who grew up with gas rationing in the Golden State during the energy crises of the 1970s also grew up with water rationing, too — including odd/even days for watering lawns and gardens, and request-only glasses of water in restaurants.  Most of Southern California would naturally be a desert if it wasn’t for water management even in the best of years, and the Central Valley would never have become an agricultural powerhouse without it.

Yesterday, Barack Obama came to California’s Central Valley to declare that global warming is what has made the drought so difficult for farmers there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQzSycdHevU

Actually, the problem for Central Valley farmers is that their water got taken from them by a federal judge, who put a baitfish ahead of human beings. Central Valley’s water-management system was designed to deal with droughts that last as long as five years, but the reservoirs that held its lifeblood got emptied into the ocean to rescue the Delta smelt. It began five years ago, and as Investors Business Daily reports, the locals remember it better than Obama does:

The one thing that will mitigate droughts in California — a permanent feature of the state — is to restore the water flow from California’s water-heavy north to farmers in the central and south. That’s just what House Bill 3964, which passed by a 229-191 vote last week, does.

But Obama’s plan is not to get that worthy bill through the Senate (where Democrats are holding it up) but to shovel pork to environmental activists and their victims, insultingly offering out-of-work farmers a “summer meal plan” in his package.

“We are not interested in welfare; we want water,” Nunes told IBD this week. He and his fellow legislator Valadao are both farmers who represent the worst-hit regions of the Central Valley in Congress and can only look at the president’s approach with disbelief.

“He’s not addressing the situation,” Valadao told us.

“They want to blame the drought for the lack of water, but they wasted water for the past five years,” said Nunes.

The two explain that California’s system of aqueducts and storage tanks was designed long ago to take advantage of rain and mountain runoff from wet years and store it for use in dry years. But it’s now inactive — by design. “California’s forefathers built a system (of aqueducts and storage facilities) designed to withstand five years of drought,” said Nunes.

“We have infrastructure dating from the 1960s for transporting water, but by the 1990s the policies had changed,” said Valadao.

Environmental special interests managed to dismantle the system by diverting water meant for farms to pet projects, such as saving delta smelt, a baitfish. That move forced the flushing of 3 million acre-feet of water originally slated for the Central Valley into the ocean over the past five years.

In fact, Obama threatened to veto a bill that would have resolved this situation almost exactly two years ago.  Instead, Obama insisted that the environmentalists needed to keep channeling water away from this rich agricultural resource and from the farmers who had worked it for generations, thanks to their own engineering genius at defeating droughts, to pour that water into the Pacific Ocean instead.

This isn’t global warming. It’s what happens when you stop irrigating land by purposefully taking water away. That buck stops at the podium Obama used to blame Gaia and carbon for his own sins of commission and omission.

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Bmore on February 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

The CA drought is due to , well drought, and of course the federal and state Econazis with their outright ban on all water projects and diversion of water at critical agricultural and population need to a variety of “conservation”, “preservation”, “reclamation”, an other loony Environmental programs. My cousins in Klamath Falls, OR, had their water shut off to 3,000 acres under irrigation to “save” a damned minnow by destroying human lives.

http://www.klamathbasincrisis.org/

mcgilvra on February 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

This clip of Dear Leader’s speech will be played on TV over and over as “news” and fact.

This is why we are hurtling towards the cliff.

PattyJ on February 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

If this global warming – aka ‘climate change’ – is so real as forecast back when it was first ‘known’ about – read ‘invented’ – why wasn’t this California ‘drought’ predicted way back in the beginning and measures taken to prevent it? It’s because that disaster didn’t exist back then for them to “not allow a disaster to go to waste.”

I’ll bet El Nino and La Nina have more to do with it than anything. They’re observable phenomena with predictable results. But, you don’t hear much about those two weather phenomena lately. It’s all about global warming don’cha know, and observable phenomena with predictable results doesn’t fit the agenda.

Woody

woodcdi on February 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Hey, the guy is unprecedentedly brilliant, intelligent, intellectual, wise,…

He was like God, according to a journalist for left farm.

vnohara on February 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

STFU BHO

TX-96 on February 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

The Central Valley in CA sits atop the largest fresh water aquifer in the US. Looked at this a little bit. It seems that in about 1970 things were in balance in the central valley. Then things started to happen. The Government got involved. Cheap water came in, Farms grow bigger and corporate farms grew richer. Now there is no longer any need to control or manage the water or growth the government took care of everything.

It is the Governments miss management that got CA into the problem not a draught and certainly not climate change.

Here is an article that I found that seems to explain things pretty well.

jpcpt03 on February 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Sorry OB, Another LIE, call it what you want still BS….

woody66 on February 16, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Dear President, I live in CA and I can tell you this drought is caused by not enough rain, bad water policy, and Dems who absolutely refuse to build any more dams to store water.

Climate change is part of the problem (wet years/dry years), but man has NOTHING to do with causing the climate to change.

Got any bridges you want to sell us?

californiacitizen on February 16, 2014 at 7:02 PM

The country needs a strong pushback for every screwball position the president takes. People tend to believe the lies after they are repeated hundreds of times by the Lamestream media.

geezerintraining on February 17, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Meanwhile, the rest of Cali is about to get mugged, by the government, all in the name of “conservation.” Jerry Brown is not the only one eager to “put the screws to” the citizens.

Water Cops to Patrol Streets Looking for Violators

PattyJ on February 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

The two explain that California’s system of aqueducts and storage tanks was designed long ago to take advantage of rain and mountain runoff from wet years and store it for use in dry years. But it’s now inactive — by design. “California’s forefathers built a system (of aqueducts and storage facilities) designed to withstand five years of drought,” said Nunes.

Anyone who has traveled through Italy and southern France cannot help but admire the system of aqueducts built by the Roman Empire around 2,000 years ago, to transport snow-melt from the Alps and Appenine Mountains to cities along the dry Mediterranean coast. The Romans didn’t have diesel-powered cranes and earth-movers, but labored extremely hard to build structures weighing thousands of tons to transport WATER–the Romans realized how precious it was.

BTW, most honest climate scientists agree that the world’s climate between about 200 BC and AD 400 was warmer than today’s climate (vineyards in today’s England) so the Romans didn’t try to change a warm, dry climate–they ADAPTED to it with human ingenuity.

But President Oblivious must have been toking the choom pipe in Hawaii during history class, and knows less about technology than the Romans did 2,000 years ago.

Steve Z on February 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Dear President, I live in CA and I can tell you this drought is caused by not enough rain, bad water policy, and Dems who absolutely refuse to build any more dams to store water.

Climate change is part of the problem (wet years/dry years), but man has NOTHING to do with causing the climate to change.

Got any bridges you want to sell us?

californiacitizen on February 16, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Do you have any rivers that need bridges over them? :<)

Steve Z on February 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The Democrat Party and the news media will work hard to convince ignorant people that this is a new, never before seen, problem that is caused by Global Warming and the evil policies of Republicans. There will be no mention of the fact that drought has always been an issue in California, that the problem was remedied by the storage of water, and that Democrat policies caused those water storages to be forever emptied.

randy on February 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Don’t you people get that this farce is to raise taxes and instill more regulations on Americans (which brings in more taxes)? This lie will put the earth out of business.

F_This on February 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

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