Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump caused quite a stir yesterday. According to USA Today, he briefly met with a group of California farmers and told them there was no drought in the state. He is not convinced that press reports stating that 2015 was California’s driest year in the state’s history are accurate. Trump pointed out that state officials were denying water to Central Valley farmers in favor a certain kind of three inch fish.
As it turns out, Donald Trump is absolutely right. Not just with his assertion that there is no drought but also his conclusion about the root cause of restricting California’s water supply.
Droughts have occurred in The Golden State as far back as there is data. There is nothing unusual about this occurrence than any other time in the state’s history. I am not saying we should not be concerned or or not have empathy for what is happening there, but the reality is that California’s water problems are the result of a lack of water delivery infrastructure resulting from (you guessed it) environmentalist activism.
Most of California’s water supply is delivered from the Sierra Nevada mountains due to snowfall that takes place there every winter. Since the 1980’s, environmentalist groups have been steadfast in their opposition to upgrading the state’s water delivery infrastructure that affects major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Environmentalist support of proposals like conservation and water recycling is merely smoke and mirrors for their opposition to enhanced water delivery systems not just in California but elsewhere too.
As to Donald Trump’s claim that California officials were favoring a certain kind of three inch fish over farmers, what he is referring to is the California Delta smelt. To protect the fish, the state ordered reduced water amounts relayed to cities and towns to protect it and other native fish from being sucked into water pumps that service southern portions of California. The policy was enacted by California’s Fish and Wildlife Department declaring the Delta smelt an endangered species in 1993.
Scientists and environmentalists contend that the fish needs protection since its health is vital to the local ecosphere. Farmers counter that attempts to preserve the fish have resulted in too much water not being made available to fill reservoirs for crop production. Consequently, not only have crop yields in California diminished due to the drought but it has also resulted in farmers laying off employees. An attempt to challenge the endangered status of the Delta smelt was turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court early last year.
Even though the fish’s legal status continues to contribute to reduced state crop yields, the Merced Sun-Star reveals one important fact: a fish hatchery at UC Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory in Byron has been breeding large quantities of Delta smelt in order to ensure the fish’s survival. Despite their efforts, scientists still side with environmentalists. If the fish the scientists own were to be released into the wild, they allege may not survive due to changes in the the area’s ecology. This despite the fact that there have been plenty of animals bred to save or enhance the populations of endangered species that have successfully lived in their natural habitats after being released.
Since most of California is desert, droughts there are a regular occurrence and for over thirty years, environmentalist groups have opposed upgrading California’s water delivery infrastructure that would enable the build up of water reserves. Donald Trump’s solution is to open up the water and that along with more infrastructure for water delivery would good, necessary steps to ending California’s water crisis. The Delta smelt controversy demonstrates one other way environmentalists express their nihilistic, vicious hostility toward human beings. What better way to rid the planet of more humans by affecting the substance (i.e. water) that we use to keep ourselves hydrated and cultivate crops used for food?