Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Radanovich: our water supply has been hijacked

From the office of Rep. George Radanovich, bringing it strong against the ESA:


Congressman George Radanovich (R-Mariposa) spoke today on the House floor regarding the devastating impact that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is having on California agriculture, arguing that suspending the ESA would be an effective and cost free stimulus for the California economy. The following is a transcript of his speech:

“Last week I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in opposing a recklessly wasteful economic ‘stimulus’ package that promised $32 billion to my home state of California, currently suffering from 9.3 percent unemployment.

“California doesn’t need $32 billion of superfluous spending tostimulate the economy. Our state water supply has been hijacked by the radically irresponsible Endangered Species Act. We don’t need to spend a dime of the taxpayers money—a simple flip of a switch at the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta pumps would save 40,000 jobs and rescue a $90 billion industry from the brink of disaster.

“Instead, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle seem more interested in spending money like drunken sailors, and watch the ESA, literally dehydrate one of America’s most prosperous industries. Every one of my colleagues from California has no excuse not to join with me in calling for a temporary suspension of the ESA to immediately start the flow of water from the Delta Pumps.”

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