While El Niño brought California some relief from the relentless drought that has brought an epidemic of wildfires, hardship to farmers, and now-eased water restrictions to city dwellers, 94.5 percent of the Golden State remains in one category or another of drought.
And when there’s a problem, politicians are sure to get involved, exploiting misery for partisan gain.
From The Hill:
The House twice in recent days has debated GOP-backed measures to increase the water pumped through federal infrastructure from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta — a massive delta that acts largely as the hub of the federal and state water canals — to Central Valley farms and Southern California.
Democrats have tried to stop the efforts, arguing that the water losses would hurt endangered fish and the delta’s ecosystem. They say conservation and technology development are key to solving a drought exacerbated by climate change.
Meanwhile, the Senate is debating Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) bill to give more flexibility to federal authorities in water pumping decisions.
And California’s drought is entering the presidential election too, thanks to a Friday visit to Fresno by Republican Donald Trump, who declared, “we’re going to solve your water problem.”
It was Bernie Sanders who responded to Trump’s idiocy with a few well-chosen words reported by ABC News:
Bernie Sanders mocked the presumptive Republican nominee for his recent comments on the drought in California, calling out Donald Trump over his dismissal of climate change.
“You see, we don’t fully appreciate the genius of Donald Trump, who knows more than all the people of California, knows more than all the scientists,” Sanders told the crowd of more than 5,000 people who braved 92 degree heat to hear the senator speak.
Sanders mentioned Trump’s recent campaign stops in the Golden State ahead of the June 7 primary.
“[Trump] knows there is no drought. Not to mention, and I love this one, that Trump has concluded that climate change itself is a hoax,” Sanders said.