Tuesday, June 30, 2009

PR for water wars

Dozens of signs dot Interstate 5 next to fallow fields and dying orchards that read: "Congress created dust bowl."

It's part of a campaign by farmers to get the federal government to ease Endangered Species Act restrictions and let more water flow to Central Valley ag outfits, many of which are struggling during a stretch of dry years. The proof is on display if you drive down the 5 to Los Angeles and back.

Picking on Congress for the fallow fields is easy — but it doesn't acknowledge that the root cause of these restrictions is the fact that California has overtaxed the Delta estuary to the point of near collapse.

More thoughts on this in the coming days...

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