Government intervention always fails, especially in eco-fanatical California. How do we know? The delta smelt are dying.
Legislation that diverted water into San Francisco Bay was intended to protect the delta smelt minifish from water pumps. Instead, the fish are in danger of extinction, much like the farmers of the region.
The fish was listed as endangered in 1993 by the Endangered Species Act. That Act endangered farming in California’s Imperial and Central Valleys too. Saving the fish made a dustbowl of the area without the Act having saved the fish. What were they thinking? Such destructive legislation shows just how badly government policies fail to achieve their environmental purposes.
Central Valley farmers sued the Fish and Wildlife Service (WFS) in 2009. The farmers won the suit, with the federal judge ordering the WFS to redo its unlawful regulations that rob Californians of their water. The victory was short-lived, however, when the left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision last year. The fish would be saved from the pumps by waters sent their way rather than toward farms growing food crops.
The man made destruction of agriculture in San Joaquin Valley can be seen along Interstate 5. The once productive and expansive stand of orchards and ground crops is reverting back to desert. Acres of dead trees abound. It offends the eye and the soul besides adding to the natural drought California already suffers.
Obama promised $1 billion in aid to California but not one more drop of water for its dying agriculture in the area. California’s drought worsened further by state mandated water restrictions from Gov. Brown. Signs protest the powerlessness of the farmers to influence the eco-left leadership and elites who lower themselves to motor the I-5 in their taxpayer-subsidized, environmentally unconscious Teslas, which no more save the environment than Congress saved the smelt.
This tells of a government so distorted that human survival subceeds survival of the smelt. Greens are making California brown if not dead agriculturally. Regulations to save some environmental entity reign supreme while imposing heinous effects on people. Water regulations during California’s drought cause the loss of farms and food crop production in what was once a prolific agricultural zone.
This is what happens when imperious regulators subordinate people to the least of the creatures in the environment. While that sounds like good news for the creatures, the bad news is that it seldom works well for them either.