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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I’m willing the throw the Delta Smelt under the bus, who’s with me? Are there some big knobs we can turn somewhere?

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I have a hard time feeling sorry for the Californians. They elect these morons and then, when the morons do what they said they were going to do, they start crying, “Woe is me.” Well stop electing them. If the people who vote for them have to pay the consequences for that vote, things will change. Of course now, the Republicans are little more than Democrats with an R next to their name. Hopefully, there will be people willing to run who in the future that will start a different party and just let the Republican party die.

bflat879 on February 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Wow. Climate change slammed shut those valves and created padlocks on them?

Time for an emergency meeting of the Masterlock board. They’ve suddenly got some serious competition.

platypus on February 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Obama is destroying this country the same way Stalin destroyed Russia. And for the same reasons. Since our elected representatives lack the will to stop him I wonder what a private citizen can do. What options do the well armed citizenry have ? How much longer before thing get really ugly?

DeweyWins on February 15, 2014 at 1:09 PM

It is odd that the brutal winter of 2014 is not evidence that global warming is not occurring, but that the drought in California is. Whatever is convenient, I guess.

Quirt Evans on February 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

“It’s the fault of the Eskimos, the Republicans, GWB” — The Child

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

More lies from President Jackass. Nothing new here.

slickwillie2001 on February 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM

OT, but on obama

Barack’s dancing with Hollande didn’t impress.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I’m willing the throw the Delta Smelt under the bus, who’s with me? Are there some big knobs we can turn somewhere?

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I’m with ya. Survival to the fittest. If the smelt cannot adapt, adios.

What they have done and propose to do is criminal.

tru2tx on February 15, 2014 at 1:14 PM

bflat879 on February 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I’m from around where Obama was yesterday, and it’s actually the libs that elect idiots like him (as well as Boxer and Feinstein) because of the dense populations of the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Most Dems don’t get elected around here.

taito2000 on February 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Morons

A harsh winter, oh no you’re an idiot for thinking its global warming (and *snicker* it really is evidence you dolt!). A harsh drought, OMGOSH IT’S GLOBAL WARMING!

Ironically, it IS man-made but in the way they paint it as. If an area is a desert or so arid naturally that you can’t farm without a robust irrigation system, what happens when you remove the water?

Starnick on February 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Attention broken-hearted and lonely Americans: President Barack Obama feels your pain. He’s happily married, of course, but in solidarity with the lovelorn–those victims of romantic inequality–he’s spending Valentine’s Day alone. Well, not entirely alone–he’s set to enjoy a guys’ weekend with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Palm Springs Rancho Mirage–apparently without Queen Rania. Who knows what those boys will get up to, with Vegas Palm Springs nearby.

At Breitbart they have some places wrong, but you get the drift.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Not in the way they paint it as. Typo.

Starnick on February 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Attention broken-hearted and lonely Americans: President Barack Obama feels your pain. He’s happily married, of course, but in solidarity with the lovelorn–those victims of romantic inequality–he’s spending Valentine’s Day alone. Well, not entirely alone–he’s set to enjoy a guys’ weekend with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Palm Springs Rancho Mirage–apparently without Queen Rania. Who knows what those boys will get up to, with Vegas Palm Springs nearby.

S/b in quotes

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Ok serious question: is Obama really this dumb, or is he just high when he says this kind of dribble?

msualex on February 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Lets not forget these idiots.

http://www.hetchhetchy.org/

BVM on February 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

At least they haven’t blamed the Dust Bowl on Global Warming, yet.

RickB on February 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

After this declaration, the better all start buying boats.

All they need now is for owlgore to show up for a global warming rally of some kind and they will end up with rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

RealMc on February 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

bflat879 on February 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I’m willing to bet that the people the water was taken from didn’t vote for the morons that did the taking.

wifarmboy on February 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

obama dished out 200 million of your hard-earned taxes to the ‘poor ranchers and farmers, harmed by the Republicans’, told them that he feel their pain and needs their vote, for his stupid Ds, then flew to Palm Springs, where he really wanted to be, without Michelette, for Valentines.

Fools, work harder.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Hannity already did a special on this. I don’t know if there is a way to get this into left wing headlines or international media or not.

Perhaps approaching it as “Millions starve in Africa because Obama diverts 3 million acre feet of water from farmland to save the delta smelt baitfish” would get some media play.

Could a celebrity be approached to throw the Delta Smelt under the bus in order to feed the world? The United Nations? How about the Middle East? They love to criticize the US. Get them to start filing human rights complaints against the US for diverting water from farmland to the ocean.

talkingpoints on February 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Starnick on February 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Yep, a drought in a desert? It has to be global warming.

whbates on February 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Bflat879 – In the case of the Delta Smelt, it’s not our legislators, rather a Federal judge that ordered the diversion.

OldBurgie on February 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM

The farmers should be out there with guns daming up the reservoirs themselves. Well maybe not but they need to explain to their legislators that they are a major part of the economy and it would be a shame of they had to move to another state. Well maybe not. They live in a socialist state and they can’t do anything legally.

crankyoldlady on February 15, 2014 at 1:22 PM

At least they haven’t blamed the Dust Bowl on Global Warming, yet.

RickB on February 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Operative word: yet. The day is young, so to speak.

platypus on February 15, 2014 at 1:22 PM

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

Ed, Ed, Ed, you un-PC rube, you. Get with the Machiavellian D language of “climate change”, meaning anything, you religious, unscientific hick, you!

AlGore, as in AlJezeera, is getting ready to sell global cooling credits now. The fools will fall for it.

After that he’ll sell climate change credits. He’s an oaf, but he is smart by not allowing fools to keep their money.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Once again liberalism is confronted by reality.

supernova on February 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I’m willing to bet that the people the water was taken from didn’t vote for the morons that did the taking.

wifarmboy on February 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

It’s very likely that the majority of them didn’t. They live in California’s ‘flyover’ country.

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.

Ed, you’re right on the mark here. One of the largely unspoken challenges with the decades of progressive rule in California, is the incredible mismanagement and waste of the state’s natural resources including water.

BTW, electricity costs are starting to soar again here in SoCal… With San Onofre offline, and the cold winter elsewhere, natural gas shortages are creating issues with power availability. Now CA has plenty, if they are willing to frack for its production…but with the progressives in charge, fracking is off the table despite its economic benefits.

Athos on February 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

At least they haven’t blamed the Dust Bowl on Global Warming, yet.

RickB on February 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Operative word: yet. The day is young, so to speak.

platypus on February 15, 2014 at 1:22 PM

If the Dust Bowl was in the last 20 years, they would have already.

Athos on February 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

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.

“Belgium is cool” –thuja of HA, on euthanizing children

Can’t make this up in fiction.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

the locals remember it better than Obama does

Victor Davis Hanson, 1000 times smarter than obama, remembers it better than anyone. He lives there.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

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.

I think the term for that would be “economic suicide.”

iurockhead on February 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The state could’ve dug tunnels for the fish to go around the irrigation pumps, but the Dem legislators didn’t want that, even though Brown proposed it. They’d rather stick it to the farmers.

This should be a good opportunity for Repubs to get the out-of-work Hispanics to see how they’re being screwed by the Dems.

juliesa on February 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The libs and environmentalists (but I repeat myself) are ruining this state. They’ve got their heads so far up their asses, it’s a wonder they can breathe.

GarandFan on February 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I think the term for that would be “economic suicide.”

iurockhead on February 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I’d call it homocide.

crankyoldlady on February 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

the bottom half of california is a desert. Is drought a surprise

gerrym51 on February 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/u-s-cattle-herd-is-at-a-61-year-low-and-organic-food-shortages-are-being-reported-all-over-america

The state produces 99 percent of the artichokes grown in the US, 44 percent of asparagus, a fifth of cabbage, two-thirds of carrots, half of bell peppers, 89 percent of cauliflower, 94 percent of broccoli, and 95 percent of celery. Leafy greens? California’s got the market cornered: 90 percent of the leaf lettuce we consume, along with and 83 percent of Romaine lettuce and 83 percent of fresh spinach, come from the big state on the left side of the map. Cali also cranks a third of total fresh tomatoes consumed in the U.S.—and 95 percent of ones destined for cans and other processing purposes.

As for fruit, I get that 86 percent of lemons and a quarter of oranges come from there; its sunny climate makes it perfect for citrus, and lemons store relatively well. Ninety percent of avocados? Fine. But 84 percent of peaches, 88 percent of fresh strawberries, and 97 percent of fresh plums?

Murphy9 on February 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

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.

Very well said.

obama used Air Force One, which doesn’t fly on his hot air at all, with b/s stop in Fresno to fool the farmers/ranchers, to spend Valentine’s Day in gay Palm Springs, over the entire weekend. NO media dare type about this because they live in his azz. The consume his you know what, still mistaking it for Beluga caviar. I hope they all suffocate from it.

There are myriad of articles on this…Pelosi, Reid and obama hate the ranchers/farmers, while Goebbels laughs his dead azz off.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I have a hard time feeling sorry for the Californians. They elect these morons and then, when the morons do what they said they were going to do, they start crying, “Woe is me.” Well stop electing them.

bflat879 on February 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I agree. However, it’s in the liberal mindset to double-down on ‘Teh Stoopid’ and while they’re doing so, innocent people (those who did not vote for them or their policies) are being harmed.

There is a solution, but too many Californians, and millions of other Americans, are mindless progbots who refuse to be persuaded of it.

xNavigator on February 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I looked on the drought map, and Ca is not yet is as severe a drought as Texas was 2011, but TX is just flyover country anyway.

juliesa on February 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Ironically, it IS man-made but in the way they paint it as. If an area is a desert or so arid naturally that you can’t farm without a robust irrigation system, what happens when you remove the water?

Starnick on February 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

CA Democrats have been using water-supply to areas for a long time as political favoritism. Example of this: years ago (not too many years ago), Dianne Feinstein, CA/Dem, waged an emotional game about ‘conservation’ or whatever worked, to reduce and even eliminate water supply to the Inland Empire (what Eastern CA is called).

Inland Empire is primarily a desert if not in some areas, quite the desert, but the agriculture operations in some parts of it — profitable but based upon water supply artificially taken into the areas for the purpose of agriculture — were profitable AND greatly run by Conservative CA voters. These are the people and their businesses that Feinstein/Dems targeted to ruin them and many moved out of the state after losing everything.

I think Feinstein’s emotional reason for doing this was some sort of “Conservation” cause but the truth of this action she led/championed was disgustingly obvious.

AND, combine today’s drought conditions with the fact that CA has for a recent while enjoyed more moisture in many areas than otherwise usually exists. So there’s both a reduction due to nature’s return to drought conditions in the state AND the manipulations of water supply by the Left to ruin mostly Conservative farmers Inland.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I looked on the drought map, and Ca is not yet is as severe a drought as Texas was 2011, but TX is just flyover country anyway.

juliesa on February 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

“For now; wait until Wendy Davis is governor” — any leftist

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Joe Bastardo of Weather Bell pointed out today that the drought is being caused by a colder central Pacific coupled with a pocket of warmth south of Alaska, conditions that have existed previously and which caused drought in California. Like most things with this administration, why let facts get in the way of false ideology when there’s money to waste on the climate change lie.

Mr. Curly on February 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

“I feel your pain. FORE!”

RobertMN on February 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Did Obamism still have his golf shoes on for that lie conference?

Climate change proponents have been caught and proven to have cooked their numbers.

It’s also been proven that the single largest motivators for the global warming disciples are political power and other people’s money.

My scientific side tells me this is nothing but a scam of epic proportions, on a global scale.

Sounds like a scheme Obama and his cronies would be 100% in favor of, to be sure.

Left_is_Wrong on February 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

But as to Obama: CA is his dough-basket so of course he’s going to show up and exploit any negative condition there, especially when it’s Nature’s Way (can’t be easily refuted, changed or otherwise can easily be exploited by plastering whatever ’cause’ upon it possible).

The majority of the money that funds the DNC originates in CA. Research Dianne Feinstein AND husband.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

crankyoldlady on February 15, 2014 at 1:22 PM

The dams exist, mostly in northern Cali.

Problem is they rolled the dice, drained the reserve capacity in consideration of the fish, and now they lose, because it has been a drought condition winter not only in southern Cali but northern too, which is very unusual.

Their gamble was a loser, now they blame anything except the real cause, their lousy bet that was based on an insane policy.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

…severe a drought as Texas was 2011…

juliesa on February 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Yes, that was immensely heart-breaking for Texas. Just a terrible event, heartbreaking.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

The Delta Smelts would be a great band name.

SickofLibs on February 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Obama went to Palm Springs, where he will golf on one of the beautiful 18-hole golf courses out in the desert that are kept green with irrigation water.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

And of course, our dear governor Moonbeam is oblivious to any of this and can’t even find himself to write to Harry Reid to bring it up in the do-nothing Senate. Like-wise Peeeeelosi and Queenie Di Feinstien are also silent morons.

Rovin on February 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Any excuse to shovel cash to blue states and cronies.

Murphy9 on February 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

To Hades with Jerry Brown and Cali.

Why obama is always an oaf, inserting himself in things which are none of his business, for his own gain, at your expense…

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I’ve lived in CA for 34 years. I’ve seen worse droughts. It’s the stupid EPA that is killing us.

Blake on February 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

The Delta Smelts would be a great band name.

I saw the Delta Smelts open for Stinkyfinger at the Cow Palace back in the 70′s.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown opposes a US House bill, set for a vote Wednesday, that would send more water to the state’s parched farmland, at the expense of endangered fish and other interests.

Let the dry up.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

If the Dust Bowl was in the last 20 years, they would have already.

Athos on February 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I drove through the entire length of California’s San Joaquin Valley three weeks ago, and I have no qualms at all about calling it a dust bowl.

It was drier and more brown looking than the Sonoran Desert.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Drought in California…

occurs regularly every decade or thereabouts, with the “worst conditions” every fifty years or so.

Like Las Vegas, SoCA is dependent on an artificial water supply, and so is the Inland Empire of CA. The water comes from the Colorado River, predominantly, and is hauled into CA (as also Las Vegas) by viaducts from the CO River.

When you build infrastructure in a desert region and populate it with big water users like hotels, pools in most backyards, lots o’ artificial planting sprinkled daily and a large population of humans, you are set-up for a fall.

CA is mostly desert originally and not just “somewhat” but intensely so. All the greenery is not native.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Let the them dry up.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

our dear governor Moonbeam is oblivious to any of this

Jerry’s dad, Pat Brown, was governor way back before Ronald Reagan. Those were the days when liberals built infrastructure (including many of our current dams and canals) instead of a welfare state.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Let the leftists eat sand and dust.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I’ve lived in CA for 34 years. I’ve seen worse droughts. It’s the stupid EPA that is killing us.

Blake on February 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

DITTO.

I remember how wretched the LA area was in the Seventies, drought-stricken, air as thick as pea soup with pollutants. First time I visited it, the plane descended down through an ugly black layer of ‘air’ and I wanted to stay on the plane and go back rather than deplane.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I might add, just like the frikken spotted owl that the invro-whackos used to destroy the logging industry in the late 80′s and 90′s, this endangered delta smelt issue is also a blatant fabrication. The fact that Obama’s in California has me believing that even in the liberal bastions of LA and SF, somebody’s getting worried/needs federal money to launder back to the Democrats. Always follow the money.

Rovin on February 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I’m sorry, just can’t feel sorry for Californians…

ladyingray on February 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I get it. They’re trying to force out anyone who might vote Republican.

crankyoldlady on February 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I drove through the entire length of California’s San Joaquin Valley three weeks ago, and I have no qualms at all about calling it a dust bowl.

It was drier and more brown looking than the Sonoran Desert.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

THAT’S HOW IT IS without the artificial water applied. CA is predominantly desert both mountainous and Inland from south of Lake Tahoe on down. It’s a desert climate, only exists as agricultural seat (Inland, SJ Valley) because there’s a great dael of water ushered in from somewhere else. Without all that artificiality, it’s mostly desert.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I drove through the entire length of California’s San Joaquin Valley three weeks ago

Next time wave as you go by. I’ve been living smack-dab in the middle of it all my life.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I remember how wretched the LA area was in the Seventies, drought-stricken, air as thick as pea soup with pollutants. First time I visited it, the plane descended down through an ugly black layer of ‘air’ and I wanted to stay on the plane and go back rather than deplane.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Sacramento was the same way Lourdes, you could come out of the foothills on highway 50 and hardly see the city with a layer of smog so ugly, you literally wanted to take the next exit and head east.

Rovin on February 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

To the left it is more important to protect an animal or fish than to be concerned with real life. They save the animals and kill babies in the womb and screw the farmers. Hey lefties, where are all those illegal immigrants going to find jobs if you put the farmers out of business. Guess you immoral lefties really don’t care.

crosshugger on February 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I get it. They’re trying to force out anyone who might vote Republican.

crankyoldlady on February 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Yes. It’s been a process by the Dems for decades now, they target any area and individual who poses “non Leftwing” views. Especially when there are complaints from them — in which case, the Left will ruin the complainer.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Any excuse to shovel cash to blue states and cronies.

Murphy9 on February 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

And to justify his trip to Palm Springs, for Valentines, sans Michelette.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I have a hard time feeling sorry for the Californians. They elect these morons and then, when the morons do what they said they were going to do, they start crying, “Woe is me.” Well stop electing them. If the people who vote for them have to pay the consequences for that vote, things will change.
bflat879 on February 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Problem is, bflat, CA is an enormous state. I lived ther for over 30 years before it bacame the political basket case it is now. The Central Valley never, to my knowledge, votes Democrat. They get outvoted. Period.

It’s LA and San Fran and the population centers on the dole that vote in Democrats…and there are lot more of these voters than the hard working farmers in Central CA.

As for the smelt, the gov kills more just trying to ‘save’ them. There is no excuse to save a baitfish at the cost of making a dust bowl out of the very fertile Central Valley. I say let’s just eat them little buggers to extinction. My Italian relatives fry em up and eat them on Christmas eve. They are so small, they are eaten fried with their itty bitty bones left in.

marybel on February 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Obama went to Palm Springs, where he will golf on one of the beautiful 18-hole golf courses out in the desert that are kept green with irrigation water.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Yeah, the irony of that is thicker than the sludge of air pollution in LA Basin.

Has anyone here visited Palm Springs? IT’S A FRIKKEN DESERT. All the golf courses, yards, palm trees, it’s all artificially supplied/applied. Without all this artificiality, Palm Springs area for hundreds of miles is ONE OF THE MOST dry places on the planet. Next door to Death Valley…

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Why did Obama visit the Central Valley? Was it to underscore his unpopularity there and that of all the Democrats who are behind its artificial starvation?

This will lead to escalating food prices all over the US, hurting the lowest paid the most.

Time to stop voting for pot-heads.

virgo on February 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

What a remarkable liar Obama is. If I were a Central Valley farmer, I might just hate him.

LashRambo on February 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

It’s a desert climate

Actually, the Central Valley doesn’t need to import water, we just need to regulate the flow. Normally it rains heavily from November thru March, and when it rains here it snows in the mountains. Catch it in reservoirs and release it a little at a time and we have water all year round. From June thru September it hardly rains at all.

When the first Spaniards came here the arrived in the spring, and they reported that the Central Valley was filled with swamps and lakes. The next explorers arrived in the summer when it had turned to desert and nearly died of thirst.

The Native Americans used to migrate back and forth between the mountains and the Valley depending on the seasons.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

…CA is an enormous state. I lived ther for over 30 years before it bacame the political basket case it is now. The Central Valley never, to my knowledge, votes Democrat. They get outvoted. Period.

It’s LA and San Fran and the population centers on the dole that vote in Democrats…and there are lot more of these voters than the hard working farmers in Central CA…

marybel on February 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

DITTO. The Left uses the population override via “sanctuary” areas (LA, SF among those) to ruin any competition from the Right or even Moderate voters.

I still vote in CA, and will continue to as long as I’m still here for the time, but it’s always a lost cause. You can vote for reasonable issues and candidates but they never win, not in CA.

The place needs to be divided into a few states, it’s far too unmanageable as is and Leftwing LA/SF/Sacramento continue to ruin any efforts to improve the place.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Create an artificial crisis, blame the blameless and use it to ram through your false agenda?

Hmmm, reminds me of another time, when someone who also believed in the fascist state, did the same thing.

rbj on February 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM

The Lying Sack of America strikes again.

Mason on February 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM

In my locale, we are facing being mandated to spend about half a billion dollars to build a new plant to treat / remove chlorides (salts) from the waste water from our Valley which has a population of about 275,000. The farmers downstream claim that the ‘excessive’ chloride levels in the water in the Santa Clara River are causing ‘significant’ damage to their avocado and strawberry crops.

The challenge is that the acceptable chloride level was defined by the state – and not by any scientific research to determine at what level of chloride does significant crop damage occur. Independent tests show that a chloride level in excess of 250ppm is the threshold, but the environmentalists have defined 100ppm is the limit.

Our local aquifers, as well as water we get from the Sierra’s via the LA Aqueduct, generally have naturally between 75ppm and 130ppm – with slightly higher spikes during droughts.

But like the environmentalists who insisted on diverting water to save a baitfish that may or may not have been in danger, they’ve decided that since this is an ‘affluent’ area, we shouldn’t have a problem spending half a billion to build a treatment plant to treat naturally occurring chlorides to meet an arbitrary target that is ‘environmentally sound’ yet has no scientific backing.

Oh, and these are the same ‘environmentalists’ who were shocked when a local developer found a plant (weed, actually) that was thought to have gone extinct 80 years ago. The developer allocated about 250 acres in a park to protect 2 acres where the weed sprouted, but the environmentalists still filed about half a dozen lawsuits to halt the 6K acre development.

These ‘watermelons’ care far less about science and far more about ‘feelings’, ‘perceptions’, and ‘emotions’. To them, it’s always someone else’s money that has to be spent – and since they have what they want, they care very little about the ramifications of their demands….particularly if the targeted area is 60%R and 40% D.

Athos on February 15, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I was born and raised in the S.J. Valley, and I can barely stand to go back and see what the liberal eco nuts have done to it. Old Barry must be feeling pretty secure in his security team to go to a community of people devastated by ridiculous policy, and say the nonsense drivel he did. At the very least, he should have been boo’d. Maybe a shoe or two thrown at him as well.

BettyRuth on February 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

It still shocks me, but maybe it shouldn’t, that a Dem can walk up to a podium with such a big pair of cahones and deliver a speech he absolutely knows is a lie because there will be no follow up from the main stream media outlets.

Sad. The man has shown he has zero integrity. But I obviously feel the way I do because he’s black or something.

jjjdad on February 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I get it. They’re trying to force out anyone who might vote Republican.

crankyoldlady on February 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Yes. It’s been a process by the Dems for decades now, they target any area and individual who poses “non Leftwing” views. Especially when there are complaints from them — in which case, the Left will ruin the complainer.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Reminds me of Saddam Hussein’s Draining of the Mesopotamian Marshes. Denying water as a form of warfare. In Obama’s case, a way to “punish his enemies”. Sarah Palin was one of the first to point out this rewarding friends and punishing enemies; she called it “crony capitalism”.

LashRambo on February 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

When the first Spaniards came here the arrived in the spring, and they reported that the Central Valley was filled with swamps and lakes. The next explorers arrived in the summer when it had turned to desert and nearly died of thirst.

The Native Americans used to migrate back and forth between the mountains and the Valley depending on the seasons.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Yes, I’ve seen those “lakes” in the Central Valley on occasion but they’re not annual occurences, what with CA’s recurring droughts. There are very dry decades, there are abundantly wet decades, but it’s an aspect of the Pacific weather more than anything and abundant moisture can’t be relied on to occur every year/every decade.

ALso, current CA is reacting to a MORE THAN USUAL “wetness” in years past. Too many people don’t notice that what’s taking place now is moreorless ‘normal’ in the grand space of many decades.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The Central Valley never, to my knowledge, votes Democrat.

That has changed as we have seen welfare migrants from the Bay Area and LA move here. Lots of retirees moving out to Arizona too. But we’re still more conservative than the urban areas.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The Native Americans used to migrate back and forth between the mountains and the Valley depending on the seasons.

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Another example of the normally-altering moisture conditions on the South West coastal area is Mexico. Anyone who’s visited Central and West Mexico knows it to be one dry, ugly place. Except during the wet years, in which case there are actual green fields a’growin where usually there’s sand and stubble.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

lsm has obama’s back….he will never be blamed

cmsinaz on February 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Yeah, the irony of that is thicker than the sludge of air pollution in LA Basin.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Excellent…leftist media, where are you on this?

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Obama set thus one up in his SOTU address, when he said that climate change is a fact. He knew what he would be doing trying to sell his billion dollar green boondoggle.

Techster64 on February 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Create an artificial crisis, blame the blameless and use it to ram through your false agenda?

rbj on February 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Then hop into Air Force One, again, and go golfing in artificially greened Palm Springs.

The irony escapes the oaf in chief and his poodles, the media.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I am so tired of Obama’s pathelogical lying.

sadatoni on February 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Having grown up in NoCal and driven through the central valley many times before moving to AZ in 1993 I remember when this was all coming to a head between the farmers and the environmentalists.

The farmers had billboards all down Hwy 99 basically saying “no water, no food” and that’s what has happened. The central valley was always a beautiful area, always green with crops and was literally one of the main bread baskets for America. Now it’s just a barren dust bowl, food costs are going up and many people are out of work.

Personally I don’t think it’s about the smelt, it’s more about “giving the land back to mother nature” much like it was never about the spotted owl, that was about the tree huggers not wanting and trees cut down, which ironically has been the cause of the disastrous fires we experience!

They (environmentalists) just want us all to go back to living in caves!

Liberty or Death on February 15, 2014 at 2:09 PM

It still shocks me, but maybe it shouldn’t, that a Dem can walk up to a podium with such a big pair of cahones and deliver a speech he absolutely knows is a lie because there will be no follow up from the main stream media outlets.

Sad. The man has shown he has zero integrity. But I obviously feel the way I do because he’s black or something.

jjjdad on February 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

They say that sociopaths like Obama can pass polygraphs.

crankyoldlady on February 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

myiq2xu on February 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Yeah, the irony of that is thicker than the sludge of air pollution in LA Basin.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Excellent…leftist media, where are you on this?

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Leftmedia will stifle any criticism, as usual.

Speaking of the thick irony of Obama’s destination in Palm Springs, one area among the large DESERT region in CA, is the place he’s visiting: “Sunnyland” estate.

It’s surrounded by giant watering sprinklers, lakes, fountains…all of that artificially situated among the driest area possible.

Look it up on Google Maps — Sunnyland estate is green as green can be, surrounded by water, and adjacent acreage is brown, sandy, ugly.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I’m not sure if liberalism is a mental disorder or not, but I’m pretty sure hysteria over global warming is.

LashRambo on February 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Next up. Mudslides plague CA!

Bmore on February 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

If king Obama says it’s climate change, then, it’s climate change.

Now get in line.

stenwin77 on February 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

My people call it weather……

TBinSTL on February 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Look it up on Google Maps — Sunnyland estate is green as green can be, surrounded by water, and adjacent acreage is brown, sandy, ugly.

Lourdes on February 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

The other irony is that obama promises to help the King of Jordan, but when time comes, he’ll throw him under the bus, in favor of his muzzie bros, as he does every single time.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM

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