I bet once you saw that this was California, it all made sense. While it’s true that California is experiencing low precipitation, the state has plenty of water to take care of everyone and all the farmland that produces food that people around the U.S. enjoy.
But because of the “endangered” Delta Smelt, a small fish living mostly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, farmers are not allowed access to water. They’re being forced to let all their crops and trees dry up and die, so that the Delta Smelt can be “saved” by diverting all that fresh water back toward the San Francisco Bay.
This is water that would have been used to take care of farms throughout California’s Central Valley. As a result of being forced to divert all that water away from farmland, their crops dry up and die.
And what do the politicians blame it on? “Climate change,” of course. And that’s why they’ve got to have all these ridiculous water restrictions. No one can water their lawn, and if they do, they get fined. But at the same time, if anyone has a brown, dried up lawn as a result of complying with the water rules, they get fined by their city bureaucrats for “unsightly conditions.” California authorities even have a snitch system so that nosy neighbors can spy on others and report violators for using too much water. It’s all in preparation for more severe droughts brought about by “climate change.”
Conserving water is a wise idea, especially in a state like California. But, come on. People are under these asinine water restrictions, allegedly about “climate change” droughts, and then we find out that the authorities themselves are the ones wasting hundreds of billions of gallons of fresh water and sending it in the San Francisco Bay, all to protect a small fish.
We’ve got the EPA instructing kids not to take baths anymore, but to take showers under five minutes, all because showers use less water. The EPA is also there wanting to make sure hotel guests don’t take showers longer than seven minutes.
But in California, an already dry state going through a natural drought, officials can dump hundreds of billions of gallons of fresh water into the ocean, and it’s perfectly fine – in fact, it’s commendable – because it’s all supposedly to protect a fish the size of your pinky. At the same time, residents are under tight water restrictions and are subject to hefty fines for using “too much water.”