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Obama Uses Backdrop of California Drought to Pitch $1 Billion Climate-Change Fund

Rep. Nunes calls it "ludicrous," considering the state's drought-resistant irrigation system is neutered by "excessive regulations and lawsuits by environmental extremists."

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Bridget Johnson

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February 14, 2014 - 6:24 pm
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President Obama spent the latter half of Valentine’s Day in California’s parched San Joaquin Valley, linking the drought fueled in part by stringent environmental regulations on water delivery to climate change.

“The changing climate means drought, fire, storms, and floods will be costlier and harsher,” Obama said while surveying a farm in Los Banos, accompanied by Gov. Jerry Brown, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.).

The administration announced a series of actions anchored in the departments of Agriculture and Interior intended to combat the longstanding economic effects of the drought in the nation’s breadbasket, including $5 million in additional assistance to California through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program that “helps farmers and ranchers implement conservation practices that conserve scarce water resources, reduce wind erosion on drought-impacted fields and improve livestock access to water” and $5 million in targeted Emergency Watershed Protection Program assistance to the most drought-impacted areas of California “to protect vulnerable soils.”

The White House also announced that $60 million has been made available through the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program to food banks in California and 600 summer meal sites would be established in drought stricken areas. The USDA is “making $3 million in grants available to help rural communities that are experiencing a significant decline in the quality or quantity of drinking water due to the drought obtain or maintain water sources of sufficient quantity and quality.”

At the San Luis Water District facility in Firebaugh, Calif., Obama said “this is going to be a very challenging situation for some time to come.”

He refused to issue any guidance on the protection of species that have dragged water deliveries into court for many years. “I’m not gonna wade into this. I want to get out alive on Valentine’s Day,” the president said. “…We’re going to have to figure out how to play a different game. We can’t afford years of litigation and no real action.”

The most notable part of his proposals is $1 billion he’ll be calling for in his overdue budget for a Climate Resilience Fund.

In addition to responding to the immediate drought in California, the President believes that we must do more to help communities across the country become more resilient to the effects of climate change. Recent events have reinforced our knowledge that our communities and economy remain vulnerable to extreme weather and natural hazards,” the White House said. The funds would go toward research, local measures to mitigate climate change risk, and “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure that will make us more resilient in the face of changing climate.”

Central California Republicans were incredulous that Obama steered the severe drought toward his climate change agenda.

“To blame the California water crisis on global warming is ludicrous,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said. “The state has an incredible irrigation system designed to supply water through five years of drought. But as a result of excessive regulations and lawsuits by environmental extremists, we cannot fully use this system, and billions of gallons of water have been flushed into the ocean that could have supplied drought-stricken farmers and communities.”

“Invoking global warming shows ignorance of California’s irrigation system and of basic math and engineering,” Nunes added. “President Obama could have taken the lead in solving this crisis, but he is apparently more concerned with placating his radical environmentalist allies.”

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“The changing climate means drought, fire, storms, and floods will be costlier and harsher,” Obama said while surveying a farm in Los Banos, accompanied by Gov. Jerry Brown, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.).
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Why is it these idiots only see the dark side of this 'cloud' they call climate change? There is more upside to warming than there ever will be in cooling.


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A couple of decades ago, California switched its reservoirs from water storage to flood control. HUGE consequences.
Before, when they were for storage, in the event of an overflow, the water flooded farmlands and historic flood plains. Minimal damage done. Then the politicians and developers got greedy and started building subdivisions in those flood plains in order to increase their property tax revenues. So, if those areas flooded, the potential for loss of life and money was enormous.
So now, northern California, which always stored and supplied water to the rest of the state has NO STORAGE. They can't risk filling the reservoirs. It's all greed and poor planning. Blame the politicians again. You know, those folks who are supposed to be representing and looking out for the interests of we the people.
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Having once owned and operated a small ranch in central Texas, I can attest to the centrality of water to every thing that must be done in agriculture. My heart goes out to those farmers whose lifetime investments in their farms and the welfare of their families and employees is tied so closely to access to adequate water with which to operate. I know the agony of staring at a leaden sky day after day that just refuses to bring rain.

That said, it must be one of histories greatest ironies that some of the most extreme environmentalists are found in California, seemingly unmoved and uncaring about the fate of their neighbors.


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22 weeks ago
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another "debt limit" increase down the road
22 weeks ago
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I met a new lake one day. I just drove down an old familiar road, aand there it was.

It hadn't been there for the several years we'd lived in the area. It was just dry farmland. One house out in the middle of it.

Then one day, it rained. I know it doesn't rain in southern California, but it did.

And boy, did it rain! It was a storm befitting the end of a 7 year drought.

And it made a new lake! Well, turns out it was an old lake. It used to be there. It even showed on old maps, but it dried up.

The storm re-created it in 2 days. Two. Days.

But there's not much left of it at the moment. Search your favorite mapping program for "eden hot springs California", and you'll see it there. Oh, no, it's not marked on most maps. Turn on the satellite view and zoom in. You'll see the mud puddle.

And when this drought breaks, which it will, Mystic Lake will be back.

And then it will be gone again. And then back again.

And that's what it does.

That's what the climate does. It changes. It cycles. Always has. Always will.


22 weeks ago
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Is this what the increase in the debt was for? It's like giving a teenager a credit card!
23 weeks ago
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I resent that. Our parents gave us credit cards as teenagers in order to teach us how to use them properly; as in immediate consequences for abuse.
I doubt many in DC were given any lessons in financial restraint.
22 weeks ago
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Three more years of this madness?

Won't somebody relieve us of this madman?
23 weeks ago
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It is appropriate for President Obama to go to Los Banos (the bathrooms) to spread his manure.
23 weeks ago
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Obama in CA using pronouncements of his marginally sane science czar John Holdren (remember Holdren's partnership with Paul Ehrlich, the population bomb ?) to push his new costly climate boondoggle.

Didn't we throw enough taxpayer money down the drain on his green boondoggles already, facilitated by his former energy sec'y Steven Chu ?

This country now is being administered by purely ideological idiocy.

Climate scientists slam Obama science czar’s ‘pseudo-science rambling’ on global warming

http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/14/climate-scientists-slam-obama-science-czars-pseudo-science-rambling-on-global-warming/
23 weeks ago
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The EPA has been testified against, relaying the imposition of anti-capitalism programs. The ecoterrorists and their inbred idiot cousins, the enviro-mental patients have stopped water flowing to 25 million homes and millions of acres of farmland in order to pretend to protect a few dozen delta smelt.

These OWS crudsourcers find ways to "pretend" to "save" the environment...stopping the health, safety and welfare of middle Americans who almost always are conservative and vote Republican.

They attack rural areas, wooded areas, and generally older people with their "programs". It's beyond suspicious.

They went after the Central Valley of California.

There is NO evidence against fracking or Keystone.

All of the areas affected would create wealth, income and free market expansion. That won't do. Because if you hate capitalism, you have to attack it. And if you hate middle American Republicans you have to destroy them.

Hiding red inside of green is not a new trick. It just finds new excuses. Hang 'em and hang 'em high.

I would build the gallows and hang these traitors trying to starve out humans with whom they disagree politically.
23 weeks ago
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I live near the place he visited. He also promised to "re-prioritize" funds to help the farmers suffering from the drought. That's money Congress allocated for other things.

IOW - he's gonna re-write the law with his pen.
23 weeks ago
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“The changing climate means drought, fire, storms, and floods will be costlier and harsher,” Obama said while surveying a farm in Los Banos, accompanied by Gov. Jerry Brown, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.).
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Why is it these idiots only see the dark side of this 'cloud' they call climate change? There is more upside to warming than there ever will be in cooling.


23 weeks ago
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Warming, if it were real, would create more productive crops. Sure some of the deserts might grow and some plants that prefer moderate temperatures might die, but the green places would be far more productive outweighing any losses elsewhere.
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