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There is a Water Shortage in California…

jerry-brown-portraitThere has always been a seasonal water shortage, since the conquistadors first discovered California in 1542. The farmers know that. Jerry Brown probably does, too… but surf naked or something.

CBS Sacramento via Drudge:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that a Republican effort in Congress to address California’s unprecedented drought is an “unwelcome and divisive intrusion” in the state’s efforts to address the crisis by pitting water users against one another.

Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter Monday to leadership of the House Committee on Natural Resources and California’s entire congressional delegation asking them to oppose HR3964, which is scheduled to be taken up this week.

The legislation, which is sponsored by California’s Republican congressional delegation, would allow farmers to increase pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and create a House-Senate committee to tackle water problems.

“It would override state laws and protections, and mandate that certain water interests come out ahead of others,” Brown wrote in his letter. “It falsely suggests the promise of water relief when that is simply not possible given the scarcity of water supplies.”

Okay, time for a breather.

That all seems logical until you out-of-staters realize just who the guy is who’s saying it. The appellation is as archaic as tie-died T-shirts, but Californians who remember Jerry Brown’s first incarnation as the state’s chief executive still call him ‘Governor Moonbeam,’ and for good reason. (To fully understand the reference just look at the governor’s official 1970’s portrait we harvested from the Internet.)

Now here’s the rest.

California officials announced last week they will not send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies this spring, the first time that has happened in the 54-year history of the State Water Project. State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin said there simply is not enough water in the system to meet the needs of farmers, cities and the conservation efforts that are intended to save dwindling populations of salmon and other fish throughout Northern California.

The House Majority Whip, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, said the Brown administration’s decision puts unsustainable pressure on already dangerously low reservoirs and groundwater reserves. He urged the governor to relax state environmental regulations, such as those that protect fish, to allow more water to flow to the parched Central Valley.

“This bill ends the madness of putting fish before families and creates a solution to ensure consistent water deliveries for our communities when Mother Nature blesses us with precipitation,” McCarthy said in an emailed statement Monday. “Any other proposed idea to ameliorate the effects of today’s drought would not be felt for over a dozen years. Our communities cannot wait.”

Brown said the federal legislation would interfere with the state’s efforts and would “re-open old water wounds.”

The prospects for any water bill that passes the Republican-controlled House are uncertain because Democrats control the Senate, and both of California’s senators are Democrats.

There is a reason that Jerry Brown is governor of California. He ran for president because Bill Clinton wasn’t liberal enough. Of course people in Iowa, New Hampshire, Texas and, well, every other state in the union that knows lettuce doesn’t come from the produce aisle took exception.

But Californians don’t care about what you rubes think.

Because, Dude!

Oh. Jerry, Bill de Blasio is on the phone.

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6 comments on “There is a Water Shortage in California…

  1. Richard M Nixon (Deceased)
    February 4, 2014
  2. Richard M Nixon (Deceased)
    February 4, 2014

    Thank RRG for more linkery! Hopefully I will produce an actual post on DeRP this week …

    • Regular Right Guy
      February 4, 2014

      I will continue to post, my friend.

      • Richard M Nixon (Deceased)
        February 4, 2014

        Good. I’ll even try to nominate you for a BlogBash award if I can navigate the website …

      • Regular Right Guy
        February 4, 2014

        I am truly humbled.

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