Sen. Dianne Feinstein has always guarded her political right flank by serving the interests of Big Ag. More an more, though, she is starting to look less like a liberal who serves some right-wing interests than a wholehearted foe of the Delta.
Feinstein’s original water bill would have exported more Delta water. But at least it included $300 million “for conservation and efficiency measures and aid to low-income farmworkers hurt by the drought,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Her latest bill kills the environmental portions. Feinstein is obviously trying to win Republican support. Unfortunately, Republicans have staked out a backward, destructive position: House Republicans want to ax environmental protections for the Delta and kill the San Joaquin River restoration.
People like that don’t need liberal allies. They need to be brought into the 21st century.
Feinstein’s bill not only ignores the health of the Delta, it gores the ox of Silicon Valley, which gets much of its water from the Delta.
“It raises the question of how far she is willing to go to maximize the amount of water sent from the Delta to Central Valley farmers, even if it causes catastrophic harm to the estuary,” the Merc editorializes.
The answer appears to be that Feinstein will go further and further. Unfortunately, the Delta can only go so far without dying.