McClintock & California Water Bill

A news release from Congressman Tom McClintock (showing the great difference between the common-sense conservative’s approach and the leftist environmentalist’s approach to water) about a bill addressing the drought and lack of water storage.

News Release.

Congressman McClintock is a co-author of H.R. 2898 (Valadao) the Western Water and American Food Security Act. The legislation was approved by the House on July 16th, 2015. The bill next goes to the Senate. Congressman McClintock delivered the following remarks in support of H.R. 2898 during House floor debate, and he also spoke in opposition to an amendment offered by Rep. Grijalva.

H.R. 2898 – California Water Bill

July 16, 2015

Mr. Speaker:

Droughts are nature’s fault. Water shortages are OUR fault — a deliberate choice we made nearly 40 years ago when we stopped building new dams. We haven’t added a major reservoir in California since 1979; while the population of our state has nearly doubled.

Even before the drought, leftist policies created severe water shortages in California’s Central Valley, devastating the economy and creating the spectacle of food lines in one of the most fertile agricultural regions of our nation.

For four years, the House passed comprehensive legislation to resolve this crisis before it became a crisis. For four years Senate Democrats blocked it. But the public has now awakened and the Senate has changed.

The voices we hear in opposition are the same voices that have dominated western water policy these past 40 years. We now know where that leads. This bill doesn’t pre-empt California water law, it protects it by forbidding state officials from fulfilling their threats to violate it. It comes at the request of local water agencies that are sick and tired of having their water expropriated by environmental zealots.

It is time to choose between two very different visions of water policy.

One is the nihilistic vision of the environmental left: increasingly severe government-induced shortages, forced rationing, astronomical water prices, and a permanently declining quality of life for our children, who will be required to stretch and ration every drop of water in their parched homes.

The other is a vision of abundance, a new era of clean, cheap and plentiful water and hydro-electricity; great new reservoirs to store water in wet years to assure plenty in dry ones; a society whose children can enjoy the prosperity that abundant water provides, including fresh and affordable groceries from America’s agricultural cornucopia.

We choose abundance.

Retrieved August 1, 2015 from

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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