Skip to comments.Auburn dam back in play as McClintock takes over House panel
Posted on 01/15/2011 8:05:52 PM PST by SmithL
WASHINGTON Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, could start making waves in California water.
As new chairman of the House water and power subcommittee, McClintock can promote his pet projects while he squeezes environmentalists. Politically, this means renewed talk of an Auburn dam, stricter scrutiny of San Joaquin River restoration and more support for hydropower.
"We need to change the central objective of our federal water and power policy to one of abundance," McClintock said in an interview. "That means building more water projects."
In theory, McClintock's position strengthens the staunch conservative's ability to pursue his agenda. The House panel writes water legislation. It oversees spending by the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates California's Central Valley Project. It holds administration officials' feet to the fire.
In practice, McClintock's ability to convert stature into action remains an open question.
The subcommittee's other members have not yet been named, including the key position of senior Democrat.
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McClintock is the only sane man in California. This State is HOPELESS!
eject, eject, eject-—bailout, bailout bailout-—Don’t be the last Freeper to leave Nutty’fornia!
How ‘bout Temperance Flats for us folks down the way?
Dam it, Rep. McClintock!
You seen this? Good on Tom.
Yup. He should have been the governor instead of that TERMINATOR fag.
Tom is going to give the envirals nightmares starting tonight with the remark about a second look at the Klamath dam removal...
Huh? Elk Grove? BS. He's in the 4th District, which does not include Elk Grove. Sacramento Bee, aka, the Sacramento BS
I wish he were Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove! I would've gleefully voted for him many times by now.
Rep McClintock.... the Central Valley farmers need WATER! We drove down the 5 a year ago and many of the farms are complete dustbowls. Turn the water back on!
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The election was November 2, the new Congress was installed January 4, and the Dems still haven’t appointed their committee and subcommittee members? That’s really pretty pathetic.
Hopefully the GOP has done what the D’s did before, create an all but insurmountable imbalance in committee membership between majority and minority. But I won’t count on it.
Nice catch. Someone at the Bee is using McClintock’s old address. But then, everyone knows how well-informed the SuckBee is. (Labor union newsletter in broadsheet format.)
Small wonder food is skyrocketing when the Fed centrally misplans our resources like Central Valley. Another 1000 sq miles sacrificed to Gaia.
Pray for America
Hmm... I guess it's okay for a legislator (or a newspaper) to identify a district by the name of some old ghost town in it? Weird. Very confusing.
Never mind. Tom’s District is in the Northeast corner of the state, not the Northwest. Wow, I’m totally confused now.
"McClintock can promote his pet projects while he squeezes environmentalists. Politically, this means renewed talk of an Auburn dam,
If this does get further than just speculation by the Bee, I would have to fight against it. A beautiful and very historic area of Gold Rush history would be gone.
The American River is already controlled by Folsom Dam and lake and Lake Natomas downstream. All the rivers coming out of the Sierra on the West side are dammed and have reservoirs to a greater of lesser extent now.
The problem with water for the farmers is called Boxer, Fienstein and the EPA. The pumps that draw water into the canal just need to be turned back on.
Since he's on the Water and Power committee, if it's power that's the issue, get going with building nuclear power plants.
Glad to see McClintock in charge of this subcommittee. How fortunate that Texas’ Joe Straus is not Speaker of the US House or some “water is for fish” democrat may have been appointed instead.
There is no need to malign fags by lumping them in with Ahnold!
He USED TO live in Elk Grove, (and I believe represent a district there)a city south of Sacramento.
Too bad the Bee can't pick up the phone.
The Auburn Dam had more problems than just a budget. The dam was designed, and excavation completed, for a concrete dam. Many engineers were concerned that the site was better suited for an earth-filled dam, including earthquake concerns.
If I remember correctly, the Army Corps. was assigned the construction and they don't do earth-filled. So it has been a government SNAFU for a very long time.
If Mac got Auburn off the back burner we’d never here the end of it from WaspMan. There would be hell to pay. Constant nagging and endless I-told-you-sos.
We know McClintock is against the removal of the four Klamath dams. We hope he will be holding hearings on the agreements that were made. The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement inncludes over a $ billion in pork for the tribes, agencies and environmental groups. The Klamath tribe gets a National Forest and fishing rights in the Shasta Territory. Klamath County gets money. The Yurok and Karuk tribes get reparations/economic money (the Yuroks are also going after a piece of Redwoods park) and the tribes and the various federal agencies get to set up a plan to restore the lands and waters of the mid-Klamath over which they, otherwise, would have no legitimate jurisdiction. The Klamath Basin farmers also screwed their neighbors for their pieces of silver in the form of more secure water deliveries and promises of Bonneville power so they would not have to pay for the costs of dam removal.
Of course this does not actually include money for the removal of the dams and the exppensive mitigations for the damages to infrastructure, the environment and private property that this would cause. This is shoved onto the rate payers and the people of California along with penalties for impacts to water quality rigged to be attributable to the dams.
$1 billion is an easy way to reduce the budget. Just say no.
Thanks for the ping!
The adults are back in power.
The Klamath needs more dams, not less!
>> “Huh? Elk Grove? BS. He’s in the 4th District, which does not include Elk Grove.” <<
In Californica one need not reside in the district he represents.
Hold yer tongue down there in the great CA desert wastlands suffering the delta smelt cut-off of ag water that a lake Auburn would help rectify!!!
Ooops! I forgot ta ping you to the above from last Friday!!!
Well, now you’ve done it! You got the man all riled up, already. LOL