A Tale of Two Senators

Here’s quite an interesting turn of political events, as reported by Bettina Boxall of the LA Times on page AA4 today, and in her blog at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/02/feinstein-seeks-to-ease-restrictions-on-pumping-water-from-delta-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29
Senator Dianne Feinstein is proposing a temporary loosening of restrictions on pumping from the Sacramento River Delta, as a way out of the horrific mess that has come about by the consequences of federal regulations.
What’s so interesting about this? I’m not quite so cynical as to label this interesting because a US senator is actually trying to solve a problem. Instead, the interesting part is that a Democratic senator is sponsoring legislation that the environmentalist lobby will absolutely abhor. As related in a couple of recent blogs, Homo sapiens are under siege by the environmentalists, and providing us absolutely zero access to our water supply appears to be their ultimate goal. Senator Feinstein is demonstrating either: (1) remarkable courage, (2) a political death wish, or (3) a thoughtful, pragmatic solution to a problem of incredible magnitude.
I will tell you that I have not always voted for Senator Feinstein, and I differ with her on many issues. But on this issue, I’m willing to assume that the correct answers are numbers 1 and 3, above. And I commend her for this action.
I wonder if California’s other senator, SENATOR Barbara Boxer (I sure wouldn’t want to deny her that title!), will join Senator Feinstein. My fearless prediction: no way! Ms. Boxer (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) is perhaps the most faithful supporter of the environmentalist movement. There is no legislation that they support that will not get her vote.
The federally-regulated usurpation of the most essential raw material – water – from California’s largest industry – agriculture – is causing an economic and employment crisis in this state. One of our senators is trying to do something about it. And what of Ms. Boxer?

One Response to A Tale of Two Senators

  1. avatar Tom says:

    Like you, I'm not at all a fan of Senator Feinstein, but I agree, she must be commended for this proposal. Driving north through the San Joaquin Valley, you can see this new “Dust Bowl” first hand. If Jared Huffman is such a “major player in California water politics”, how can he be so blind as to not see the tremendous damage caused to the California economy by these ridiculous, federally imposed restrictions? I noticed that he’s a No Cal Assemblyman, but if he can’t see the damage these policies are causing the California economy as a whole and the economic effect they are having on his own constituency, he needs to be voted out ASAP (along with Boxer).

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