The extreme drought settling on California which Barack Obama ridiculously attributes to “global warming”, is starting to cause both unemployment and food price increases.
NBC news reported Feb. 16 that “In the state’s Central Valley — where nearly 40% of all jobs are tied to agriculture production and related processing — the pain has already trickled down. Businesses across a wide swath of the region have shuttered, casting countless workers adrift in a downturn that calls to mind the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.” Neither NBC nor the farm town mayors it interviewed quantified the job loss, but California’s total of jobs added was extremely low (13,000) in December and near zero in January, according to the Labor Department. The state unemployment rate fell from 8.6% to 8.4%, but due to a large number of people exiting the labor force.
CNBC cited the California Farm Bureau Federation Feb. 7 in reporting that “Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year, in a record production loss, according to industry officials.” Celeste Cantu, the general manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, is quoted forecasting, “There will be cataclysmic impacts” on food production and prices.
California accounts for 80% or more of the national crops of the great majority of fruits and vegetables.
The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 16 quoted Tim Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, warning “There are places in California that if we dont do something about it, tens of thousands of people could turn on their water faucets and nothing would come out.”
Obama’s Zeusian Climate Change Statements Questioned
The New York Times yesterday takes issue with Obama’s proclamations that the California drought is the product of global warming. In an article titled “Science Linking Drought to Global Warming Remains Matter of Dispute,” it quotes a number of scientists who dare to question the Emperor’s clothier.
Author Justin Gillis begins by graciously noting, that in making such Zeusian claims, Obama is “pushing at the boundaries” of scientific thought. “While a trend of increasing drought that may be linked to global warming has been documented in some regions, including parts of the Mediterranean and in the Southwestern United States,” says Gillis, “there is no scientific consensus yet that it is a worldwide phenomenon. Nor is there definitive evidence that it is causing California’s problems.”
Acknowledging that 2013 was one of the hottest on record, the environmentalists’ own computer models actually “suggest that as the world warms, California should get wetter, not drier, in the winter,” which Obama seems not to have picked up on. Richard Seager, a climate scientist who studies water issues at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, says “I’m pretty sure the severity of this thing is due to natural variability.”
Also, the website “Climate Change Dispatch” (because the debate is not over), calls Obama’s comments, “the winning act of devotion to the Church of Global Warming,” laughing at his “blaming drought in California on the Angry Sky Gods.” An article in Investors Daily pins the blame squarely on the environmentalists, themselves, saying “Environmental special interests managed to dismantle the system by diverting water meant for farms to pet projects, such as saving delta smelt, a baitfish. That move forced the flushing of 3 million acre-feet of water originally slated for the Central Valley into the ocean over the past five years.”
Anyone aware of how Zeus operates, could have smelt that one coming.