“Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change.” [Darleen Click]
… so says Obama spokeshole, John Holdren, as The One is set to visit California to promote a $1 billion dollar
slush climate change resilience fund.
Obama will propose the fund Friday after visiting with farmers in Fresno, Calif.
The new fund — separate from Obama’s climate agenda announced in June — will be detailed in the president’s 2015 budget, set for release next month.
Nevermind that California goes through periodic droughts on a fairly regular basis, but it is the height of chutzpah that Obama is meeting with “farmers in Fresno” for an photo-op in parched fields, when he has ignored the Central Valley for five years and much of the destruction of those farms is due to the Feds turning off the water
There is a terrible irony to all this. Never have California farm prices been higher, given huge Pacific export demand. Never have California farmers been more savvy in saving water to produce record harvests of nutritious, clean and safe food. And never has farming been so central to a state suffering from the aftershocks of a housing collapse, chronic high unemployment, overregulation and the nation’s highest sales, income and gasoline taxes.
Yet there are really two droughts — nature’s, and its man-made twin.
In the early 1980s, when the state was not much more than half its current population, an affluent coastal corridor convinced itself that nirvana was possible, given the coastal world-class universities, the new dot.com riches of the Silicon Valley, the year-round temperate weather and the booming entertainment, tourism and wine industries. [...]
Californians have not built a major reservoir since the New Melones Dam more than 30 years ago. As the state subsequently added almost 20 million people, it assumed that it was exempt from creating any more “unnatural” Sierra lakes and canals to store precious water during California’s rarer wet and snowy years.
Short-sightedness soon became conceit. Green utopians went further and demanded that an ailing 3-inch bait fish in the San Francisco delta receive more fresh oxygenated water. In the last five years, they have successfully gone to court to force millions of acre-feet of contracted irrigation water to be diverted from farms to flow freely out to sea.
Obama will have a few handpicked, fully vetted prop farmers to grovel and thank Him for coming to help … and the usual Pravda media will play along in the Kabuki theater designed to expand the Federal government.
Tags: california, climate change, drought, fascism, obama, slush fund