Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sen. Feinstein Lied, Millions Died

Here is the next newsletter from Families Protecting the Valley.

Senator Feinstein's Broken Promise.
Please click here to read Senator Dianne Feinstein's comments in 1994 about restoring the salmon run out of Friant Dam.

Families Protecting the Valley has expressed strong concern over the implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration passed by Congress.

With the Delta lawsuits that shut off the pumps the environmentalists have basically reneged on their commitment to re-circulate the water back to the Friant service area. Therefore we need to recognize that this places us in the same position that Senator Feinstein's letter addressed in 1994.

Unfortunately, sponsoring legislators such as Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and Congressmen Radanovich, Costa, and Cardoza have remained silent rather than demand the environmentalists live up to their part of the bargain.

Combined with the inequitable distribution of the losses inflicted on Friant contractors, this abomination will eventually result in 200,000 to 300,000 acres of land being fallowed in the Friant service area.

Friant farmers went in to this deal in good faith. Now, they are left holding the bag. The result is exactly what Senator Feinstein warned against and vowed to stop in 1994, but apparently she is now willing to inflict on the Valley the very disaster she believed would happen if the water was taken from the farmers on the eastside of the valley.

Since the environmentalists have reneged on the deal, maybe it is time the legislators looked at amending or rescinding the San Joaquin River Restoration bill to fulfill the intent of the Settlement to mitigate valley losses.
My purpose for the title, "Sen. Feinstein Lied, Millions Died" is because it is true if you take the long-term focus. When they took away the water, many crops were lost. Does anyone remember what happened when someone came up with the brilliant idea of using our food (corn) to enhance gasoline? What happened to the price of corn? What happened to the distribution of corn worldwide?

People starved to death, because there was no cornmeal which is sometimes all the poor countries get to eat. Did anyone consider this wee tidbit? No, they wanted their cars and didn't want to drill to keep them running. Very freakin nice.

The same is true with our Central Valley. Let's face it. California provides 40% of the world's food. What are we going to feed the rest of the world with when our own farmers in food lines? Very nice, Diane. I hope you're proud of yourself, because I certainly am not.

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