PLAN FOR GROWTH or PLAN FOR FAILURE ?
In a formal statement issued in February 2014, Tom McCintock, R-Elk Grove, who represents the (our) 4th Congressional District, commented on a recent visit President Obama made to the drought-stricken Central Valley of California. Farmers fear for this year’s crops, as once again water is funneled to sources other than agriculture. According to McClintock, Obama announced his administration’s response would be to, “…spend another billion dollars to study
A television interview with the founder of Greenpeace caught our attention when it recently aired, after the Greenpeace expedition, funded to explore “global warming”, became stranded for days after being mired in ice, as cold temperatures caused the ice to engulf and immobilize the ship. Is it troubling to others that originally the “threat” was aimed at “global cooling”, which became “global warming”, which has morphed into “climate change”? (now covering all possible changes.) The Greenpeace founder is a trained scientist who left the organization when science became secondary to the political movement and numerous government grants awarded to study, study again, then re-study man’s contributions to worldwide climate changes. This scientist provided his opinion that there is no scientific proof for the theory (based on a model) that man’s activities are contributing to changes in climate. He further stated that Greenpeace had been usurped when it became politically and financially driven instead of science-based, when he left the organization.
According to Congressman McClintock’s press release, “The planet has been warming – on and off – since the last ice age, when glaciers covered much of North America. The climate has been changing since the planet formed, often much more abruptly than it has in recent millennia. Until the Earth begins moving into its next ice age, we can reasonably expect it to continue to warm. That will mean less water can be stored in snow packs and …more will need to be stored behind dams.” As a strong supporter for water storage projects in lieu of endless studies trying to prove man is bad, McClintock isn’t alone in his assessment. A growing number of scientists are taking the painful dive into the waters of truth and disavowing environmental activists gone wild and stepping forward with fresh opinions.
Droughts are beyond our control, but water shortages are a choice. As we face late rainfall this year, the threat of drought remains cause for angst. EDC water doesn’t come cheap, and being forced to again consider abandoning costly investments in landscaping alone, should be a wake-up call for residents.
McClintock continues, “…we’ve not built major water storage on the Sacramento system since 1979 because of opposition from the environmental left, and most recently from this administration…..we have had to fight back against attempts to destroy perfectly good existing dams…devastating the economy, drying up a quarter million acres of fertile farmland and throwing thousands of Californians into unemployment….we have been unable even to raise…spillways to add to existing storage …. due to radical environmental regulations. Strong words but locally we must recognize that we are either planning solutions or we’re planning for failure.