Thursday, October 8, 2009

If environmental investments are pork, what are dams?

Some California legislators are attempting to reduce the proposed $12 billion water bond by cutting investments in the environment while protecting money for new dams (so much for the co-equal goals of environment and water supply).

“There was an awful lot of environmental pork in there, we thought,” said Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto.

Berryhill may be right about this, but it isn't that clear that supporters of environmental investment are motivated by steering public dollars to their districts and political supporters. However, the dams he wants is most definitely bringing home the bacon to his Valley farm supporters.

If we strip all the pork from the water bonds, is there anything left?

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