October 20, 2009
California's Putting Its Foot in the Sand
I just read that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill, passed by the state legislature, to issue an "environmental exemption." Why? So that investors can build a new football stadium in Los Angeles, allowing L.A. to once again have an NFL team.
But nobody is willing to issue an "environmental exemption" so that the western San Joaquin Valley, the soon to be dried-up "breadbasket" of California and much of the West, can get enough water from northern Cal to avoid destroying scores of farms -- and farmers' lives, plus thousands of farm workers who will soon be out of a job and probably on welfare (and I don't mean illegals). Not to mention the economic hit all across the United States, as produce prices rise steeply (supply and demand).
And all this to "protect" the delta smelt, a small fish in San Francisco Bay that some say is endangered.
So environmental exemptions for a football stadium but not for farmers who see their multi-generational investment being wiped out by state decree. But hey, you gotta draw the line somewhere!
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, October 20, 2009, at the time of 4:55 AM
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