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Tom Del Beccaro on Environment

 

 


Farmers bear the brunt of a plethora of regulations

Year after year, government policies have been aimed squarely at California farmers as if they are the bad guy. One of the greatest advancements in the history of mankind occurred when one region of the world was able to produce such a surplus of food that it was able to send it to less fortunate regions. In doing so, they helped to alleviate food shortages and starvation. For more than 100 years, California farmers have played a key role in that effort. You would think that such a valuable economic resource would be cherished, promoted and helped at every turn. Incredibly, that is not the case in California. Instead, the California farmer bears the brunt of many a legislative or regulatory bulldozer.

California Air Resources Board standards on sprinkler pumps; restrictions on insecticides, fungicides and fumigants; and a plethora of government agencies capped by one of the highest income tax rates in the nation--all combine to put us at an economic disadvantage.

Source: Forbes Magazine OpEd on 2016 California Senate race , Jan 14, 2015

Increase water supplies rather than fining citizens

California is in the midst of one of its many droughts. To combat the current drought, the otherwise do-nothings of the California Water Resources Board are proposing to fine citizens they call "water hogs" $500 per day. Instead of fining helpless consumers, California's government should do its job for once and seriously increase water supplies. The California governments have done very little to significantly increase water supplies in over 40 years, even though its population has doubled during that period of time.

California has been subject to considerable droughts over the centuries, lasting up to 20 years in a row. The President and others are selling the canard that the current drought is the result of global warming or climate change. The fact that we had decades- long droughts years before industrialization doesn't matter to them as they bloviate over a drought of several years.

Source: Forbes magazine on 2016 California Senate race , Jun 7, 2014

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