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It's Not Gutting!

If the decisions about water don't get the desired results there should be some consequences. But, there never are.

Apr 19, 2016

No one's gutting the Endangered Species Act.  We all know it's the Holy Grail of the environmental left.  But, we would like to amend it a little bit.  

In the article below the Sacramento Bee editorializes "House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, together with other San Joaquin Valley Republicans this week began moving appropriations legislation that would increase pumping of Delta water, even if it might further damage the Delta ecosystem."

The sentence gives us a look at the problem of dealing with Delta pumping.  It says "even if it might further damage the Delta ecosystem."  This is always the case.  It "might" damage the ecosystem.  They don't know for sure, but they think it could damage something.  Water is also released from reservoirs because it "might' help the fish.  When it doesn't they say they thought it would.  We don't even get an "Oops, Sorry."  There's never any penalty for the environmentalists being wrong. 

That's something we'd like to change about the ESA.  How about some accountability?  If the decisions about water don't get the desired results there should be some consequences.  But, there never are.  

The Bee goes on to say, "we hope reality sets in. Obama will not – and should not – sign a bill to weaken the Endangered Species Act. If anything, the president could opt to take stronger action to protect the Delta smelt, a native species that faces extinction."  So, they send water through the Delta to help the smelt, but the smelt don't get any better.  Their answer is to keep doing it anyway.  

Could we add some accountability to the ESA?  We wouldn't call that 'gutting' it.  But, of course, if you're on the side with no accountability you might come to that conclusion.

GOP should effort to gut Endangered Species Act

Once again, House Republicans have proposed to weaken the Endangered Species Act at the expense of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a day after the Metropolitan Water District committed to spending $175 million to buy five Delta islands.

The combination is enough to give some Northern California environmentalists the willies.

The seller, a partnership led by Swiss-based Zurich Insurance Group that owned the islands, long sought to make money off the islands, perhaps by turning them into reservoirs. The buyer, MWD, has designs related to its responsibility to supply water to 19 million Southern Californians.

Sacramento Bee

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