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This is a great article and the truth is even more distressing that I previously thought. It clarifies completely all of the pieces of the giant water grab plot by a wealthy few, powerful corporate growers in the Central Valley to increase production of almonds and other water-intensive products to ship worldwide and to obtain millions of acre feet more water for fracking and reselling to urban users at great profit. And the sad fact that to-date Senator Feinstein, our supposedly Democratic, environmentally-conscious representative has repeatedly voted on the side of these big corporate players and against the majority of Californians and the environment.
If people were REALLY out of drinking water, if the ENTIRE state's economy were in crisis, if lack of water was REALLY the cause of farm workers plight, IF IT WERE TRUE that there was a risk to Californians not getting local food produce - If, if, if - then "perhaps" could be a reason to "consider" them. And THEN only if first everything else possible were done - conservation, desal, expanding groundwater storage. But none of that is the case. LA's water usage has not increased at all the past 10 years. 80 percent of the state's water goes to ag and the increase there has PRIMARILY been in the Central Valley westside near I-5 for nuts and products shipped overseas. The tunnels are ONLY to benefit a few rich players who line the politicians pockets.
It is sad, sad, sad. Everyone should write to Sen. Feinstein and ask her to represent the majority in California who want California's rivers and waterways to remain and to NOT support these bills that primarily benefit rich corporate westside agribusiness owners and will destroy northern California's waterways.
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