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Obama: Iíll veto bill that will provide water to Californiaís Central Valley
Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/29/2012 12:05:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind

I've called the judicially-imposed drought in California's Central Valley --- the Dust Bowl Congress created --- through its creation of the Endangered Species Act, invoked in this case by the Delta smelt, a fish that's not suitable for eating. Once a breadbasket for the nation, the cutoff of irrigation water to the Central Valley has destroyed agriculture and tens of thousands of jobs as a tradeoff for the endangered fish. Now, however, voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the man-made economic and agricultural disaster, as Rep. Devin Nunes builds support for his Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act:

Nunes’ Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act goes to a vote in the House Wednesday and if it passes, it will guarantee that water the farmers paid for finally gets to the parched Central Valley. It will put an end to the sorry stream of shriveled vineyards, blackened almond groves and unemployed farm workers standing in alms lines for bagged carrots from China.

The insanity of the current policies against some of America’s most productive farmers in one of the world’s richest farm belts is largely the work leftist politicians from the wealthy enclaves of the San Francisco Bay Area. This group has exerted its political muscle on the less politically powerful region that produces more than half the fruits and vegetables consumed in the U.S. — with $26 billion in annual sales.

“The bill restores the flow of water and establishes a framework for meaningful environmental improvements. It is a repudiation of the left’s assault on rural communities, which began with the decimation of the West’s timber industry and now is focused on Central Valley agriculture,” Nunes told IBD.

The stand-alone bill, H.R. 1837, marks the first time Central Valley water shortages and the federal role in creating them will be considered directly in Congress.

That in itself is a damning indictment of the federal government, whose laws have created the disaster in California. This first came to light more than two years ago, when Sean Hannity featured it on his national television show. The delay in addressing it makes the financial situation worse with each passing day for farmers in the Valley, and for workers who now have to subsist on government handouts rather than earnings from productive jobs.

If Barack Obama has his way, though, that situation will continue indefinitely. Late yesterday, the White House announced that Obama would veto Nunes’ bill because — I am not making this up — it would “unravel decades of work” on California water regulations … decades of work that brought California’s Central Valley to its current destruction:

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act because the bill would unravel decades of work to forge consensus, solutions, and settlements that equitably address some of California’s most complex water challenges.

H.R. 1837 would undermine five years of collaboration between local, State, and Federal stakeholders to develop the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan. It would codify 20-year old, outdated science as the basis for managing California’s water resources, resulting in inequitable treatment of one group of water users over another. And, contrary to 100 years of reclamation law that exhibits congressional deference to State water law, the bill would preempt California water law.

The bill also would reject the long-standing principle that beneficiaries should pay both the cost of developing water supplies and of mitigating any resulting development impacts, and would exacerbate current water shortages by repealing water pricing reforms that provide incentives for contractors to conserve water supplies.

Finally, H.R. 1837 would repeal the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement, which the Congress enacted to resolve 18 years of contentious litigation. Repeal of the settlement agreement would likely result in the resumption of costly litigation, creating an uncertain future for river restoration and water delivery operations for all water users on the San Joaquin River.

The Administration strongly supports efforts to provide a more reliable water supply for California and to protect, restore, and enhance the overall quality of the Bay-Delta environment. The Administration has taken great strides toward achieving these co-equal goals through a coordinated Federal Action Plan, which has strengthened collaboration between Federal agencies and the State of California while achieving solid results. Unfortunately, H.R. 1837 would undermine these efforts and the progress that has been made. For this reason, were the Congress to pass H.R. 1837, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

Well, let’s take a look at California’s Central Valley and see what “five years of collaboration between local, State, and Federal stakeholders to develop the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan” has produced:

As for Obama’s stirring defense of federalism, the courts have already ruled that federal law — the Endangered Species Act — trumps California water law. That’s the reason why a federal judge turned off the water spigots more than two years ago, and why California can’t get them turned back on. If Obama was really concerned about federalism, he’d propose a repeal of the Endangered Species Act, which would also resolve this disaster. Instead, Obama threatens to veto any attempt by Congress to fix what federal law has already broken.

Hopefully, Nunes’ bill gets clear sailing through Congress and Obama gets his bluff called. If he wants to run as the Dust Bowl President in November, I say let him do it.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; centralvalley; environment; environmentalism; obama; propertyrights; water
Not to worry, California will STILL go for Obama in 2012
1 posted on 02/29/2012 12:05:26 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Central Valley hasn’t voted dim in ages...They know first hand what the heavy hand of the enviro-Feds does. Unfortunately, the rest of the state is just stupid


2 posted on 02/29/2012 12:10:47 PM PST by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

Too Many insulated people living too far from the direct consequences of their actions and placated on the federal teat.


3 posted on 02/29/2012 12:12:25 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Nifster
Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

Well hopefully, the legislation won't come about until after 0 has already been vetoed via the ballot box.......

4 posted on 02/29/2012 12:13:51 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: SeekAndFind

This debauched pig fornicator has got to be removed from office. He’s the most despicable wretch ever to draw a breath in the Oval Office. Human waste. A walking turd.


5 posted on 02/29/2012 12:15:07 PM PST by Gargantua (Men are CREATED equal, but 21 years later... you get the picture.)
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To: Gargantua

He truly hates our country.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 12:22:24 PM PST by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Delta Smelt (2-inch minnows) are more important than the American People”
2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXJf59kXX2s&feature=related

“Delta Smelt, is it really a threatened species?”
From 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAT_uUlqUIM&feature=related
(makes fun of trailer parks, though)

We need some drought images, like this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/California_Drought_Dry_Riverbed_2009.jpg

Who wants to own the San Joaquin Valley? Somebody does. Soros? The ChiComs? 0bama? Pelosi? Putin? The Saudis? Achmadinejad?


7 posted on 02/29/2012 12:28:56 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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8 posted on 02/29/2012 12:30:43 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Not to worry, California will STILL go for Obama in 2012.

Bank on it. And Gov. Moonbeam will no doubt support Obama on this. I realize this causes great hardship for many farmers who also may be Conservatives, but there will be no change in California for ther forseeable future.

9 posted on 02/29/2012 12:38:30 PM PST by Obadiah (Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATMs?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t imagine Reid will ever let the Senate vote on this anyway.


10 posted on 02/29/2012 12:40:46 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: satan
He truly hates our country.

He even hates California. Is it a coincidence that he is denying water to one of the remaining conservative-voting areas in the state?

11 posted on 02/29/2012 12:40:55 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: SeekAndFind
Not to worry, California will STILL go for Obama in 2012

Incredible, isn't it?

My state - The People's Republik of Connecticut - will as well. Mark my words.

12 posted on 02/29/2012 12:41:51 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: SeekAndFind
Not to worry, California will STILL go for Obama in 2012

That is correct. There is no down side to The Won.

13 posted on 02/29/2012 12:46:39 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: Nifster

I guess they’re teaching those silly Central Valley fellers a lesson.
Vote dimocRAT and get water. B*******


14 posted on 02/29/2012 12:50:48 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected. 0bamao's ANTI-TRUTH & SPIN TEAM is again on the move.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What we need is a war that we could lose. Would something as stupid as the protection of the Delta Smelt to the detriment of California agriculture happen in war time? The president would be impeached as a traitor.


15 posted on 02/29/2012 12:58:36 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Turn the water back on and tell the feds to piss off. If they have a problem with that, force Brown to send out the national guard to stop it.


16 posted on 02/29/2012 1:02:17 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Most Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeap! California loves their liberals and all the stupidity they bring to the table.


17 posted on 02/29/2012 1:18:52 PM PST by pallis
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To: Nifster
The Central Valley hasn’t voted dim in ages...They know first hand what the heavy hand of the enviro-Feds does. Unfortunately, the rest of the state is just stupid

He wants to bankrupt farmers and business owners who might support republicans.

18 posted on 02/29/2012 1:47:15 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: satan

He, like your namesake, his ideological father, simply hates people.


19 posted on 02/29/2012 1:49:43 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Mike Darancette

The liberals have no problem building wind farms when it is proven they kill birds on the endangered species list, or the farm displaces an endangered fox.


20 posted on 02/29/2012 2:01:35 PM PST by Paratrooper
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama would still win California if he burned all the weed, imposed a burqua law on the beach, closed down all the In and Outs, and turned Dodger Stadium in to a mosque.


21 posted on 02/29/2012 2:06:55 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’m sure you’re correct.
The good news about writing off Cal, Ill, and NY is that finance $$ becomes moot - there will be more than enough to drive every voter in Oh, Fl, Penn, NC and Va stark raving mad with commercials.


22 posted on 02/29/2012 2:09:14 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: PapaBear3625

yup. Can’t argue with that insight


23 posted on 02/29/2012 2:17:02 PM PST by Nifster
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To: nascarnation

If you got rid of L.A. and S.F., California would vote very differently.


24 posted on 02/29/2012 2:17:32 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Sergio

I’m sure we could say the same for Chicago/Illinois and NYC/NYS.

But it ain’t gonna happen in my lifetime.


25 posted on 02/29/2012 2:25:05 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Nifster

That is why Obama’s passive/aggressive personality is coming out in full force against central California. Believe me, Obama is the epitome of passive/aggressive.


26 posted on 02/29/2012 2:29:50 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Sergio

RE: If you got rid of L.A. and S.F., California would vote very differently.

Why didn’t you include Sacramento?


27 posted on 02/29/2012 2:36:57 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Toespi

true that


28 posted on 02/29/2012 9:50:19 PM PST by Nifster
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