On a springtime drive through the Central Valley, it's hard not to notice how federal and state governments are hell-bent on destroying the state's top export — almonds — and everything else in the nation's most productive farmland.
Instead of pink blossoms and green shoots along Highway 5 in April, vast spans from Bakersfield to Fresno sit bone-dry. Brown grass, dead orchards and lifeless grapevine skeletons stretch for miles for lack of water. For every fallow field, there's a sign that farmers have placed alongside the highway: "No Water = No Food," "No Water = No Jobs," "Congress Created Dust Bowl."
Locals say it's been like this for two years now, as Congress and bureaucrats cite "drought," "global warming" and "endangered species" to deny water to this $37 billion breadbasket through arbitrary "environmental" quotas.
Environmental quota is the alarming piece. Global warming has nothing to do with it, and drought is something they've created, and yet they use these terms as weapons for their own ends. At best this further illustrates that Greens are fanatics. At worst it's a blatant abuse of power.
Oh and that endangered species in question?
Awesome. Totally worth the huge economic loss and costing people their livelihood.