Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA) published a statement at Big Government about righting the environmentalist and conservation agenda to be more humane, to produce an abundance of natural resources for human use, and move away from its current policies, which simply prevent humans from using or accessing the natural resources which are its charge.
With todayâ€™s hearing, the Water and Power Sub-Committee will begin the process of restoring abundance as the principal objective of Americaâ€™s Federal water and power policy. We meet today to receive testimony from the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Service on their plans for the coming year. We do so in conjunction with our responsibility under the Federal Budget Act to provide guidance to the House Budget Committee as it prepares the 2012 budget and with our responsibility under House Resolution 72 to identify regulations and practices of the government that are impeding job creation and burdening economic growth.
In my opinion, all of these hearings and all of the actions stemming from them must be focused on developing the vast water and hydro-electric resources in our nation. The failure of the last generation to keep pace with our water and power needs has caused chronic water shortages and skyrocketing electricity prices that are causing serious economic harm.
In addition, willful policies that have deliberately misallocated our resources must be reversed.
Californiaâ€™s Central Valley, where 200 billion gallons of water were deliberately diverted away from vital agriculture for the enjoyment and amusement of the 2-inch Delta Smelt is a case in point. These water diversions have destroyed a quarter million acres of the most fertile farmland in America, thrown tens of thousands of farm families into unemployment and impacted fruit, vegetable and nut prices in grocery stores across America.
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