Doing Nothing Is Still Too Much!
The Times concludes that the Feinstein Do-Nothing Bill does too much and therefore negotiating between bad (Feinstein's Bill) and worse (House Bill) is not acceptable.
Jun 10, 2014
The Los Angeles Times is joining the chorus of people saying the House Drought Bill asks for too much, and they even think the Dianne Feinstein Senate version gives away too much even though they admit it does nothing new.
What's wrong with the Feinstein bill? According to the editorial below: "Most of what the Senate bill offers — flexibility to reduce river flows to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta during emergencies in order to direct more water to Central Valley farmers — already exists."
This is what we've been saying all along, that the bill offers nothing new, just the same old flexibility that already exists. The difference between us and the L.A. Times is that the Times Editorial Board thinks doing nothing is doing too much. We, of course, think we need to get some water to our farms. Doing nothing does nothing to fix the problem. But it's too much, apparently, for the Times.
The Times concludes that the Feinstein Do-Nothing Bill does too much and therefore negotiating between bad (Feinstein's Bill) and worse (House Bill) is not acceptable. As they put it: "a compromise between the two bills would be bad for California."
There you have it. Doing nothing does too much. And, of course, if we do nothing we get no water. Doing nothing is exactly what the environmentalists like. Time is on their side.
Editorial: Drought and doubt over Congress' dusty solutions
Los Angeles Times
Masquerading as a response to California's drought, a bill to waive environmental protections and divert more water to Central Valley agriculture passed the Republican-controlled House in February and is now going to conference to be reconciled with a competing bill by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that the Senate adopted last month.
Californians overwhelmingly reject loosening environmental regulations to increase water deliveries to farms and cities, as demonstrated by the results of a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released Friday. So you might think that Feinstein's alternative bill would propose a more palatable way to deal with the state's water crisis. But there's a catch — three of them, actually.
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