Obama pledges help for drought-stricken California

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WhitneyK wrote:

Thank you for your help and concern, Mr. President. Much better response than Cali received during lil bush/cheney years and our power outages. We, the most populated state in the union, were left to fend for ourselves, in the dark without federal assistance from lil bush/cheney….probably because we didn’t support him in 2000 election…Cali suffered, as those districts in Jersey who didn’t support Gov Kristie Kreme.

Feb 14, 2014 6:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
drauckerr wrote:

Maybe they can truck some of the snow from the northeast.

Feb 14, 2014 7:01am EST  --  Report as abuse

An small excerpt from the American Meteorological Society’s official stance on climate change:

“Climate is always changing. However, many of the observed changes noted above are beyond what can be explained by the natural variability of the climate. It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons, methane, and nitrous oxide. The most important of these over the long term is CO2, whose concentration in the atmosphere is rising principally as a result of fossil-fuel combustion and deforestation. While large amounts of CO2 enter and leave the atmosphere through natural processes, these human activities are increasing the total amount in the air and the oceans. Approximately half of the CO2 put into the atmosphere through human activity in the past 250 years has been taken up by the ocean and terrestrial biosphere, with the other half remaining in the atmosphere. Since long-term measurements began in the 1950s, the atmospheric CO2 concentration has been increasing at a rate much faster than at any time in the last 800,000 years. Having been introduced into the atmosphere it will take a thousand years for the majority of the added atmospheric CO2 to be removed by natural processes, and some will remain for thousands of subsequent years. ”


Feb 14, 2014 10:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

with redistribution of precipitation….

Feb 14, 2014 10:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
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Feb 14, 2014 10:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

If Obama truly wants to help the drought conditions in California, he needs to do away with ethhttp://www.fresnobee.com/2014/02/13/3769036/making-ethanol-is-wasting-californias.htmlanol production.

Feb 14, 2014 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

Let me try again. Here is the article from the Fresno Bee:

President Obama’s visit to Fresno will hopefully bring some much-needed clarification as to how the federal government plans to help California battle the devastating drought in the near-term. Unfortunately, the administration’s continued support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) works counter to any federal water assistance as it incentivizes the use of California’s water toward the production of ethanol —a huge drain on state water resources for a fuel that has been discredited as environmentally harmful.

As conceived in 2005, the RFS was intended to lessen gasoline demand, decrease our reliance on foreign oil and reduce our environmental impact through the introduction of first-generation biofuels like corn-based ethanol followed by a swift transition to truly advanced biofuels. Unfortunately, that transition never occurred, as the industry has yet to commercially produce these fuels. Instead, 80% of the nation’s biofuel blending requirements continue to be met with ethanol — to the detriment of our water supplies, environment and bottom line.

The refining of ethanol across California has come at a steep cost to water supplies. In California, more than 924 gallons of water may be required to produce a single liter of ethanol, according to researchers at UC Berkeley. A biorefinery that produces 100 million gallons of ethanol per year uses the equivalent of the water supply for a town of about 5,000 people — approximately the size of such Central Valley farming communities as Fowler, Gustine and San Joaquin. All in all, it takes 34 times the amount of water to produce one gallon of corn-based ethanol as regular gasoline. Ethanol’s water utilization rate doesn’t seem to fall in line with the idea of a “renewable fuel.” All this water lost and for what gain? The answer is not much for our environment nor for California food producers. The Environmental Protection Agency’s analysis has shown that lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of corn ethanol were higher than those of gasoline in 2012 and will still be higher in 2017. Moreover, from 2008 to 2011, the mandate has contributed to plowing up more than 23 million acres of wetlands and grasslands — an area the size of Indiana — to grow crops, largely corn. This rapid conversion is driving up greenhouse gas emissions even higher by releasing carbon stored in the soil and by increasing use of fertilizers that swell emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas.

What’s more: As more and more corn is diverted to ethanol production to meet the RFS, less is available for livestock feed. High demand for corn on account of the RFS has caused extreme price volatility for this key commodity, forcing prices through the roof and at one point increasing prices up by more than 200% from pre-RFS years. Elevated corn costs drove prices for feed — the single largest input cost to food producers — up by 32% in 2012, increasing production costs for food producers across the state. This proved a deal breaker for many of them in the first year of California’s drought, which saw countless farmers forced into foreclosure. Just look at the California dairy industry that has been forced to slash herd sizes and lost hundreds of farms since 2012.

The perfect storm of higher feed costs and dwindling water supplies puts California’s food producers in jeopardy. They continue to lose farms and jobs to bankruptcies and foreclosures at a time when major commodity growers are making record profits. Without change, California’s third year of drought will only bring greater financial struggle and economic downturn.

That’s why if President Obama wants to help countless Central Valley farming families and their employees survive the drought, he can help advocate water conservation in one key area: corn ethanol refining and the federal policy that encourages it. The administration should follow several policymakers’ charge in reforming the RFS in 2014 to ensure America is promoting truly renewable fuels that protect our environment, benefit the public and help American industries — not harm them.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/02/13/3769036/making-ethanol-is-wasting-californias.html#storylink=cpy

Feb 14, 2014 11:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
Zaichik wrote:

More lies from the Administration:
John Holdren, Obama’s top adviser on science and technology, said the global climate has been so extensively impacted by “the human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases that weather practically everywhere is being influenced by climate change.” Untrue.
“He said the California drought is probably the strongest of the past 500 years.” Untrue
“They’ve always had droughts in the American West of course, but now the severe ones are getting more frequent, they’re getting longer and they’re getting drier,” he told reporters on a conference call.

Feb 14, 2014 12:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HighEndCars wrote:

The ignored SOLUTION to California’s MEGA drought hthttp://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ignored-solution-to-california-s-current-mega-drought-water-shortage/x/6346937

Feb 14, 2014 12:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HighEndCars wrote:

The ignored SOLUTION to California’s MEGA drought hthttp://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ignored-solution-to-california-s-current-mega-drought-water-shortage/x/6346937

Feb 14, 2014 12:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HighEndCars wrote:

The ignored SOLUTION to California’s MEGA drought hthttp://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ignored-solution-to-california-s-current-mega-drought-water-shortage/x/6346937

Feb 14, 2014 12:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

60 days to transfer some money to the farmers….ohh i understand now, he wants their contributions first, before the monies are sent…luv those chicago politicians in the whitehouse…

Feb 14, 2014 4:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sensibility wrote:

$100 million in aid? Great!

Newsflash: you can’t buy rain.

This tells you all you need to know about the Obama presidency. It’s all about throwing large sums of money at problems in a foolish belief that money alone will solve them. It’s not about the money. It’s about the mismanagement of resources.

Feb 14, 2014 5:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RD137 wrote:

Kalifornia should just pass a law to make droughts illegal.

Feb 14, 2014 6:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sawert wrote:

People! Stay Active! WE really need you HELP! We are Ukrainian People who struggle for freedom and liberty about 3 months!

Against SELFISH AND Greedy Dictate GOVERMENT!

We need Food and Warm Clothes!

Help us! Our power going low!

1 donate is more important then 1000 words, blogs or topics. JUST DO IT! 

Feb 14, 2014 7:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jburt56 wrote:

Then stop weather modication aka geoengineering aka chemtrails that block storm patterns from the Pacific.

Feb 14, 2014 11:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jdp55 wrote:

Firewall Economics and Water Politics JD Phillips 2-15-14

Water is one of the best examples of why Firewall Economics should be applied to the production of goods or services that involve the desperate necessities of life. Water is a desperate necessity, something you can not refuse to buy. Private, for profit, corporations should not be allowed to sell water. Water ownership, purification, and distribution should be protected from vulture capitalism by restricting water markets to the public sector.

Water is already being exploited for profit at the expense of the poor in India, and this is a model example of what will happen if water is not protected from predatory capitalism. There is nearly a private sector monopoly in US water now, with one company controlling water across many states. Imagine if a private water monopoly decided to do only what is profitable, like discontinue water distribution to rural areas where few people live. (like post office privatization), or even raise the cost of water as high as the “market would allow.” The law of supply and demand does not apply to desperate necessities. You have to buy water no matter what the price. Desperate necessities should be protected from private sector price gouging. That is what Firewall Economics is designed to do.

There is a drought right now in California. California takes a lot of water out of the Colorado river for agriculture. California is on the ocean. California should receive federal funding to make sea water desalinization cost effective. It is imperative that we research ways of making low cost water purification available to third world countries. There are cheap hand held filters now being tested. In the near future water will be more of a problem than oil. The US should publicly fund research to make clean water distribution cheaper, and then retain the technology in the public sector, rather than the usual practice of giving it to private industry to sell back to the public at a profit. http://firewalleconomics.com/firewall-economics-and-water-politcs/

Feb 15, 2014 4:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

You would like us all to believe that humans are the cause of the rise in CO2.




Feb 17, 2014 1:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

It’s the oceans stupid. Let’s get over ourselves!!!

Feb 17, 2014 1:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AngusYoung wrote:

Are you kidding me? This lying sack goes on and on about drought conditions and then plays several rounds of golf on one of those very same golf courses that uses millions of gallons of water that could be used for people instead of water grass on a golf course.

Feb 19, 2014 11:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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