Environut lunacy at work. Brought to you by the Wall Street Journal:
The 1973 Endangered Species Act requires that the government take steps to save endangered species. In California, that’s meant diverting vast sums of water into rivers and streams to protect fish. Those diversions this year have forced federal authorities to decide who to serve—fish or farmers.
On Dec. 15, 2008, the Bush administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service chose fish, a decision driven by a lawsuit filed in federal court in 2006 by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups. To settle the suit, the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to divert more than 150 billion gallons of water this year away from farmers south of San Francisco in hopes of protecting the Delta smelt—a three-inch bait fish. The water is now flowing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and out into the Pacific Ocean.
The Obama administration has taken no action to ease the plight of the farmers in central California. Unemployment continues to rise, crops have been destroyed or nothing has been planted because of the lack of water. There has been talk of getting food from China and other countries to help offset the food that was lost from the crops that were either destroyed or not grown. Thousands are suffering because of a few little fish, though realistically, more than just thousands will suffer or have to do without.
Where are “stimu-less” funds when they need them? I guess whacked-out environmentalist organizations and bait fish are the ones getting stimulated. All others continue to suffer. Good job with that whole “hope and change” thing.