The ongoing drought in California’s Central Valley has become the next big avenue for President Barack Obama to push his climate change agenda, using the state’s farmers as a distraction from the real causes of its water woes.
“A changing climate means that weather-related disasters like droughts, wildfires, storms, floods are potentially going to be costlier and they’re going to be harsher,” President Obama said on Friday. “Droughts have obviously been a part of life out here in the West since before any of us were around and water politics in California have always been complicated, but scientific evidence shows that a changing climate is going to make them more intense.”
“The planet is slowly going to keep warming for a long time to come. So we’re going to have to stop looking at these disasters as something to wait for; we’ve got to start looking at these disasters as something to prepare for, to anticipate, to start building new infrastructure, to start having new plans, to recalibrate the baseline that we’re working off of,” he added.
President Obama revealed a $1 billion initiative that he will include in his next budget proposal that would provide “funding for new technologies to help communities prepare for a changing climate, set up incentives to build smarter, more resilient infrastructure.”
The drought brings another opportunity to pitch his climate change agenda, but it overlooks the some of the issues that have exacerbated the problem, including a 2007 federal court ruling that required the state to divert water resources to the ocean to protect delta smelt, a protected fish species.
“It is a complete imbalance between the needs of endangered species like the Delta Smelt and economically endangered species like homo sapiens in California,” Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA), who represents part of the affected area, told KFI Radio last week, adding that radical environmentalists have contributed to the Central Valley’s woes.
McClintock has slammed environmentalists for slowing down or outright preventing the state from building new dams that would have lessened the impact of the drought on the California’s agriculture industry. In the interview with KFI, he also noted that President Obama threatened to veto a measure two years ago that would allow the Golden State to lessen the impact of the drought.
“The problem is, this bill keeps stalling in the Senate. We’ve passed virtually the same thing two years ago, before the actual natural drought took place. It was ignored by the Senate,” McClintock said. “We’ve been trying now for years just to raise a spillway ten feet at Lake McClure, which would store another 70,000 acre feet of water. We’ve passed that bill over to the Senate in the past session of the Congress. It was ignored. I could go on.”
“I think the people are going to be awakened to the fact that the lunatic fringe of our society’s been in control of these policies really for the past 30 years now, and they’re absolutely out of their minds. And we’re now living with the result,” he added.
The drought in California has very little to do with the debate over climate change, regardless of what President Obama and others say, and more to with years of bad policies pushed by the fringes of the left that have ravaged the state’s agriculture industry.
Rather than backing common sense measures to address the drought, President Obama has, unfortunately, decided seize on it to advance a climate change agenda that has more to do with enriching special interest groups than actually help California mitigate a very serious crisis.