Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina hammered environmental activists for being the prime reason the Golden State is still suffering from a years long super-drought. As reported by Brietbart.com on April 7, 2015, Fiorina placed the blame for the H20 shortage not on Mother Nature, but more on the probable readers of Mother Jones.
Holding little back, the former computer giant’s head honcho laid the blame directly at the feet of liberals for making a bad situation much worse. Guesting on the Glenn Beck radio program, Fiorina stated, “It is a man-made disaster. California is a classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology. It is a tragedy.”
Specifically, the GOP presidential hopeful made note that for centuries the California area has suffered though periods of extreme drought as well as plentiful rain and snowfall ensuring abundant crops come harvest time. However, during the recent über-drought plaguing the state, Fiorina made note that “liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades during a period in which California’s population has doubled.”
Not quite done yet, the plain speaking ex-CEO also cited that due to the lack of rainfall storage systems the vast majority of rainfall, especially in Southern California, goes straight into the Pacific Ocean. As cited by NBC News, upwards of 85 percent of the wet stuff is channeled directly into the ocean.
Besides environmentalists ensuring no reservoir construction in recent years, they’ve also ensured billions upon billions of gallons of stored freshwater was purposefully poured into the Pacific. As cited by the HotAir.com news portal on Feb. 15, 2014, the Eureka State’s planners constructed a water system over a half century ago that would ensure a ready supply of runoff water from Northern and Eastern California’s many snow-capped mountain ranges to be available to farmers and ranchers in the face of even a five-year drought.
However, environmental activists eventually convinced a federal judge almost seven years ago to save the endangered Delta Smelt fish from the edge of extinction. In order to protect the tiny fish, 3 million acre-feet of fresh water would have to be routed out of the system. Fresh water designated for the agricultural powerhouse that is California’s Central Valley would have to be purged from the state’s series of reservoirs, aqueducts, storage facilities and canals, only to be essentially flushed into the Pacific Ocean. The Delta Smelt is normally cut up into hook-sized pieces by Californios as bait.
One acre-foot of water is measured 1’x66’x660′ with a single acre-foot equaling 325,851 gallons. The 3 million acre-feet lost to the ocean equates to nearly a trillion gallons of usable fresh water. Perhaps best illustrating the difference between environmentalists and those in state’s agricultural industry, Fiorina ended her comments with “In California, fish and frogs and flies are really important–far more important apparently than the 40 percent unemployment rate in certain parts of the Central Valley.”