McClintock on CA Drought: ‘We Are Being Governed by People Who Are Out of Their Minds’
by Joel B. Pollak
WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) warns that California’s water crisis will continue until there are major changes in state government, and until Republicans win the U.S. Senate.
“We are being governed by people who are out of their minds,” McClintock said, referring to the inability of state and federal authorities to manage California’s water supply.
“Droughts are inevitable–they are nature’s fault. Water shortages are our fault,” he said.
And I couldn’t agree more with Representative McClintock.
In fact, it was Governor Jerry Brown’s problem first in the 70s, which he purposely chose to ignore. Via schadenfreude, it is now his issue to handle in his doting hypocrisy.
Speaking to Breitbart News in his Capitol Hill office, McClintock outlined what he believes would be necessary to prevent future shortages: resuming construction on existing dam projects, some of which were abandoned during Gov. Jerry Brown’s first administration in the 1970s.
The Auburn Dam project, for example, would create a reservoir two-and-a-half times the size of the ailing Folsom Lake, he said. In addition, McClintock suggested raising the height of the Shasta Dam from the current 600 feet to 800 feet, as originally designed. That, he said, would add nine million acre-feet to its existing storage capacity–double its present volume.
Precisely the issue I raised in the post prior to this. Jerry Brown had his chance to solve the issue before it became the massive problem it is now. And he roundly refused.
McClintock also criticized Brown’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel project, which will cost billions but would offer no water storage capacity and no hydroelectric power. He noted that state water projects in the mid-twentieth century spent comparable amounts in current dollars, yet also included storage and generated electricity, and paid for themselves over time.
“It’s only in the last several decades that the state has issued general bonds for these projects, which leave taxpayers on the hook. It’s insane,” McClintock said.
I can only concur, Congressman. It is in fact insane. All that cash to be spent with no electrical generation included. At least Brown and Leftists are nothing but consistent.
Environmentalists have opposed the construction of new dams, partly because of habitat and scenery destroyed by reservoirs, and because of the physical obstacle dams often pose to annual fish migrations.
There you go. The veritable Crux of the Biscuit. Lefitsts and Enviros clearly value fish and scenery over humanity.
Yet McClintock sees dams as a critical part of addressing California’s chronic water shortages. He and his Republican colleagues have also passed several measures aimed at changing the distribution of water to favor struggling Central Valley farmers, and he intends to hold hearings to investigate the release of large amounts of water from existing dams just before winter.
Allow me now, at this point, to illuminate some additional Leftist hypocrisy, if you will.
Jerry Brown solicits more illegal aliens into Fornicalia, but refuses to expand the necessary infrastructure for water and power.
Jerry Brown has thrown Fornicalia’s political power and wherewithal into electric cars, but he refuses to see the obvious: just where will we acquire the electricity necessary to recharge this massive fleet of change?
There are NO electrical generation stations “in the works” now in Fornicalia.
On the current system, with hot days, the CalISO can’t even find sufficient power to forestall brownouts, much less expand power to potential hundreds-of-thousands of electric vehicles.
Fornicalia has, simply, One Party Political Power. People have historically had to flee from those kinds of governments around the world.
It is alive and well in Fornicalia.
Which is why I shall leave this state when I retire. It is about to go straight to Hell and I shall not be complicit in that ride.