Obama to discuss California drought in Fresno stop this week

WASHINGTON Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:44am EST

A visitor walks near the receding waters at Folsom Lake, which is 17 percent of its capacity, in Folsom, California January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A visitor walks near the receding waters at Folsom Lake, which is 17 percent of its capacity, in Folsom, California January 22, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday will discuss federal efforts to help California cope with a severe drought when he makes a stop in the Fresno area.

Obama leaves on Friday for talks in Rancho Mirage, California, with Jordan's King Abdullah.

On his way there, Obama will stop in the Fresno area, where a White House official said on Monday he will "discuss ongoing efforts to respond to the severe drought."

Coming off its driest year on record, California is gripped in a drought that threatens to inflict the worst water crisis in state history, prompting Governor Jerry Brown last month to declare a state of emergency.

Large-scale crop losses in California, which is the No. 1 U.S. farm state, producing half the nation's fruits and vegetables, would undoubtedly lead to higher consumer prices.

Last week the Agriculture Department announced $20 million in assistance directed to the most heavily stricken areas to help farmers and ranchers better utilize scare water resources.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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morbas wrote:
Errata: “Last week the Agriculture Department announced $20 million in assistance directed to the most heavily stricken areas to help farmers and ranchers better utilize scare water resources.”

replace scare with scarce.

morbas(i)

Feb 10, 2014 1:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:
Will he now ask Mother Nature for a redistribution of rain & snow? Makes more sense than wealth.

Feb 10, 2014 2:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:
I suspect that water pipelines from the snow and ice covered areas from the midwest to the northeast, combined with desalination plants along the Pacific and Gulf coasts would be better than discussions. Unfortunately, Obama is a community organizer who gives the US more of the same failed policies of previous politicians. He tried to extend the debacles in Irag and Afghanistan, tried to intervene in Syria after the Libyan debacle, and wasted trips to the Gulf coast for photo ops during the Deep Water Horizon spill like Bush did after Katrina. He was acceptable during Sandy because the storm was just north of Washington where massive resources were available. The best way to get good responses from Obama is to have the disaster happen at his front door. Unfortunately, the disasters may not come to him if or when he calls them.

Feb 10, 2014 4:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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