Remember the federal judge that ruled the water to California’s Central Valley needed to be shut off in order to save a fish? Turns out, shutting off the water hasn’t done one thing to save the fish. The plan, which put farmers out of business and caused the most fertile valley in America to become poverty central, hasn’t worked at all.
Here is the following from Investor’s Business Daily:
The green lobby assured everyone it knew what it was doing when it got a judge to cut water to Central Valley farmers to save the delta smelt. But while the Valley economy is now ruined, it hasn’t helped the smelt.
Some day, environmental radicals will be held accountable for crimes against the ecosystem — the human ecosystem.
Back in 2007, they convinced federal Judge Oliver Wanger to rule that the Endangered Species Act gave the federal government the right to cut water to thousands of farmers in California’s Central Valley to protect a 3-inch baitfish called the delta smelt.
That ruling turned many of the Valley’s prized vineyards and almond groves into wastelands. Jobs were lost, family farms were shut, fields went fallow and food prices rose.
But there’s been just one problem with this overreaching of the law: Cutting off water didn’t save the smelt.
A draft of a new study from the Delta Stewardship Council shows the water cutoffs had no effect on the smelt. The smelt remains endangered even as farmers have been punished with a policy that cut off as much as 90% of their water.
How about that. Common sense was scuttled to save a fish at the expense of jobs, farms and families, and the great plan by environmentalist isn’t working. But as Rush Limbaugh always points out, we shouldn’t question the results of such plans, because the environmentalists “had good intentions.” The report goes on:
Similar evidence is now coming out from the Pacific Northwest stating that shutting down the logging industry never did save the spotted owl.
In both cases, the science was highly speculative and new predatory species seem to be more likely causes. But that never stopped cocky environmentalists from saying they had all the answers — and all the power.
“Our farmers went through two years of supply cuts to have . .. better information and science, ” said Steve Wade, executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition, commenting on the report.
Wade noted that the water shut-off has been particularly hard on family farms, many of which have gone under as a result of the policies. He said their farms have been bought out by big agribusinesses, ironic given environmentalists’ hatred of that.
This really saddens me. Can we please tell the environmentalist wackos to sit down and shut up? How many times do we have to listen to them to find out how wrong they are when it comes to their science. It’s never based on good science, just speculative science. Science used for the purposes of turning the land back into it’s natural habitat.
The problem with this is that God never intended for us to leave the land in its natural habitat. Again, I’m not saying we go in and rape the land. But we are to fill it and cultivate it, and improve it and care for it. Leaving it alone, when there is a need for it, goes against God’s creation mandate, which is to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. The mandate by God still stands. Those in the environmental movement stand against this mandate, stating that the world is already over-populated and “out” of resources. What these people bank upon is our ignorance. The general population is ignorant to the true size of the earth, and the abundance of minerals and land we have. I wish I still had it, but there was a study done several years ago that showed that all the land in the United States that had people living on it was only 5 percent. That number drops dramatically if you add Alaska into the equation. We have plenty of land, plenty of oil, plenty of water, plenty of every thing we need. What we lack is the will to stand up to the environmentalist, the modern-day “end-of-the-world” preacher. Instead of preaching that the end is near, because Christ will return, they preach the end is near, because they say so. Sad.