effects of climate change and to fund research and technology to protect against its impact.” From the article:
“The president announced the “climate resilience fund” during a meeting with farmers and ranchers in Fresno, Calif., who have been severely affected by a drought in the state’s San Joaquin Valley.”
What the president failed to mention is that the drought in California is almost entirely man-made. Due to restrictions put in place to protect a sardine-sized delta smelt (which sounds like an off-the-menu budget at In-N-Out), California is experiencing an enormous drought, ones previously only seen before the novel and unique idea of irrigation was largely adopted. From the article:
- California’s water storage and transportation system designed by federal and state governments includes 1,200 miles of canals and nearly 50 reservoirs that provide water to about 22 million people and irrigate about four million acres of land throughout the state.
- In May 2007, a Federal District Court Judge ruled that increased amounts of water had to be re-allocated towards protecting the Delta smelt – a three-inch fish on the Endangered Species List.
- Because of this ruling, in 2009 and 2010 more than 300 billion gallons (or 1 million acre-feet) of water were diverted away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay – eventually going out into the Pacific Ocean.
- This man-made drought cost thousands of farm workers their jobs, inflicted up to 40 percent unemployment in certain communities, and fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile farmland.
- Unemployment remains at a regional average of 17%. With current precipitation at near-record lows, the same regulations will be imposed pushing unemployment even higher.
In other words, Mr. Gorbachev is, oh, wait – Barry is tearing down these aqueducts, by spending a billion to study why there’s a drought in a location very proximate
to what we call “deserts”, and mentions nothing about the forced withholding of water from thousands of farms that are suffering under the onslaught of progressive California thought. That climate change, warming, cooling, or meandering, has been and continues to be studied worldwide, is of no consequence – we’re talking legacy here, the legacy of a man who seems to enjoy nothing more than taking an airline flight to unique and out of the way places to play golf, where that noisesome miracle of irrigation ensures that Barry only hits off freshly clipped Kentucky bluegrass, every single time.
So as not to be outdone in the colossally useless expenditures of tax dollars and borrowed money, Vermont’s Congressional delegation/climatologists are echoing the president’s call to spend more money to study that frightening and newly developing threat, often referred to by older, actual native-born Vermonters as “the weather”. But let’s let the scientitiously-enhanced baldies speak for themselves, in no particular order (from the Freeps):
Bernie: “I hope that he would be as forceful as he can to make it clear that we are facing a global crisis, that bold action is needed, and that the United States can and should lead the way on this issue,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee. “When you are addressing what the scientific community believes is the greatest crisis facing our planet you have got to make it a major, major priority. You just can’t walk away from it.”
Even though the scientific community is throwing serious science sand in the gears of the climate warming hoax. Oh, and if the economic community thinks that spending trillions we don’t have will crash the US economy, will Bernie make cutting spending a “major, major priority”, and fail to “walk away from it”? Oh, I forgot – he’s never held a real job. So he couldn’t possibly understand economics.
Leahy: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he hopes and expects Obama to continue his advocacy in his State of the Union address.
Leahy’s hopes and expectations were miraculously fulfilled. It’s almost as if he knew Barry was going to say something! And people ask why we keep him around as Senator?
But for the cake that as yet lacks sustainable, solar-powered goodness in the form of gluten-free icing, I present to you, the Captain of Team Capitulation, Peter Welch (last seen standing and applauding Barry for making this same statement in the SOTU):
Welch: The other member of Vermont’s congressional delegation, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, said Obama should tell members of Congress that he’ll work with them in areas where there is bipartisan agreement, such as energy efficiency. But he should continue to use his executive authority where “climate change deniers” block congressional action.
“Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time,” Welch said in a statement. “I hope the president clearly defines in his speech the imperative to act.”
Peter, perhaps unknowingly, and if it is unknowingly then he should be removed from office immediately, is telling both the President and the Vermonters that put him into office that his job is no longer necessary. If Barry’s going to do the right thing, and Congress is only getting in his way, then hey – just use “executive authority” and go around that annoying, pesky, legislative work frequently being seen not to come out of the greatest deliberative body in history, aka: the US Senate.
To sum it all up: Our Congressional delegation is quite happy to continue to receive checks for their fine work, as long as Barry does whatever it is he feels like, without the actual authorization required by the Constitution, in terms of, y’know, Congress passing a law and the President signing, and then enforcing it. So why are Patrick, Peter, and Bernie down in DC, at all? Can’t we just send down 3 rubber stamps instead, since they seem to be so completely and publicly uninterested in upholding their oath? I’m quite sure it would be cheaper, and no doubt Barry would approve – with the stroke of an autopen.