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Published On: Thu, Apr 9th, 2015

Carly Fiorina leads attack on ‘liberal environmentalists’ linked to California drought

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is blaming “overzealous liberal environmentalists” for the water shortages caused by California’s ongoing drought. In a radio interview earlier in the week with Glenn Beck, and in a an op-ed in Time, Fiorina has made the case that the water rationing instituted by Governor Jerry Brown could have been avoided.

The problem, Fiorina says, is that the state has allowed environmental activists to influence policy.

“Specifically, these policies have resulted in the diversion of more than 300 billion gallons of water away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay in order to protect the Delta smelt, an endangered fish that environmentalists have continued to champion at the expense of Californians. This water is simply being washed out to sea, instead of being channeled to the people who desperately need it,” Fiorina writes in Time. “While they have watched this water wash out to sea, liberals have simultaneously prevented the construction of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades.”

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Lawsuits have further eroded farmer water rights, some turned off the water supply in the name of environmental goals that may or may not be met.

“That’s why this is worse than the droughts of the 1970s and early 1990s,” said Ryan Jacobsen, executive director of the Fresno County Farm Bureau.

This year, between Dec. 20 and Jan. 15, about 318,000 acre-feet that could have supplied his region was pumped out to protect endangered species. That water, had it been available, would have allowed for a bare-bones federal water allocation that would have kept alive trees that now will be bulldozed, he said.

Brown is calling for more money, but not all is going to battle the lack of water. In fact, of the massive $1 billion, funds will go to more conservation and even a flood protection package – more here

Check out her full op-ed here

More on the Brown-backed $1 billion plan – read it here

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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