By Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
It would certainly seem that she is. Diane Feinstein’s “Fishy water deal” cost California billions by choosing the endangered delta smelt thus making the farmer in the San Joaquin valley the actual endangered species.
During the governmental engineered draught in 2009 of the San Joaquin Valley, Senator Diane Feinstein didn’t sit on her hands she made things worse choosing the delta smelt over 80,000 lost jobs and complete destruction of California’s harvest that year. An estimated $3 billion in agricultural loss to California’s economy resulted.
Inexplicably, the 78 year-old senator and life long ‘public servant’ chose not to serve the public but side with environmentalists to save the delta smelt; comparing turning the water back on to the attack on Pearl Harbor as seen in the video below.
It is this type of muddled thinking that proves once again why Diane Feinstein has been a U.S. Senator that is “Too Wrong” and “Too Long” for California. During the June 5th California primaries, voters will send Elizabeth Emken to be their candidate to defeat Dianne Feinstein.
Danville’s Elizabeth Emken has laid our her policy statement on water, detailing how she plans to make sure this bureaucratic nightmare doesn’t happen in the future. Want to learn more about candidate Emken? Click here to join a winning team.
A little-known state agency that holds vast power to mold the economic future of California, particularly for San Diego and Southern California, has released its first findings about the environmental health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the hub of California’s waterworks. They do not paint a happy picture.
In 1978 the US Supreme Court decided that the federal Endangered Species Act required that endangered species be protected at “whatever the costs.” Following this precedent, two recent federal decisions have led to the water pumps in the southern delta being shut off at times that are critical to the growing season for farmers, severely impacting families and their livelihoods, and driving unemployment up to nearly 20%. “Whatever the costs” completely ignores the human toll, and completely shuts down common sense compromise.
Feinstein’s 2009 San Joaquin River Restoration Act created an environmental roadblock that stands in the way of a plausible, responsible solution to our water problems. Now Dianne Feinstein says the very bureaucratic process which she enabled needs to be expedited.
In 2007, federal judge Oliver Wanger imposed limits on the amount of water pumped from the San Joachin-Sacramento River delta to farms in California’s Central Valley in order to protect a two-inch endangered fish called the Delta Smelt. As a result, several hundred thousand acres of farmland on the west side of the Central Valley now lie fallow, and many thousands of jobs have been lost. In the city of Mendota, for example, the unemployment rate exceeds 40%.
In February 2012, the US House of Representatives debated H.R. 1837, a bill that would turn the pumps back on. House Speaker John Boehner said on the House floor today that using the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish at the expense of food production and economic growth is “a perfect example of the overreach of government.”
If the bill passes, Obama says he’ll veto it. No doubt given another chance, Feinstein the ideologue, will follow her leader. Californians will be sending a very strong message that they want leaders not followers to manage the “Golden State.