The Politics Of Drought

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

In response to California’s disaster declaration, President Obama decided to grace our state with his presence, giving a speech in Fresno to lay out how his plan to solve our state’s drought problems. In doing so, the president proved that he, like our state’s Senators, either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about the true root causes of our issues. Instead of tackling the real problem, he chose instead to throw money at it and use our state’s misfortunes as a platform for his radical environmental agenda.

California already has some of the most extremist environmental policies in the nation. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulates the amount of emissions permitted for our vehicles. CARB routinely wreaks havoc on California’s transportation industries, which is no small problem for the state, given that we have two major ports, with trucks traveling Interstate 5 and 40 pretty much constantly. Here in Kern County, we routinely have some of the most polluted towns in the nation – not because we’re producing so much pollution ourselves, but because, thanks to the geography here in the San Joaquin Valley, smog from Los Angeles and San Francisco settles here at the valley’s southern end…and yet, every year, our county faces the threat of massive fines from the state and federal government if we meet state and federal standards for air quality. Here in the Valley, we even have an agency that regulates when we can and can’t burn wood in our fireplaces.

Our problems with the drought actually began long before Governor Brown finally issued his disaster declaration, and it had much less to do with a lack of rainfall than it did with California’s history of environmental radicalism.

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