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Are the environmentalists responsible for killing jobs?

Which is better? Importing Food from other nations or allowing farmers to farm and sell made in America produce?
California has a new endangered species on its hands in the San Joaquin Valley—FARMERS. Thanks to environmental regulations designed to protect the likes of the three-inch long delta smelt, one of America's premier agricultural regions is suffering in a drought made worse by federal regulations.

The result has already been devastating for the state's farm economy. In the inland areas affected by the court-ordered water restrictions, the jobless rate has hit 14.3%, with some farming towns like Mendota seeing unemployment numbers near 40%. Statewide, the rate reached 11.6% in July, higher than it has been in 30 years. In August, 50 mayors from the San Joaquin Valley signed a letter asking President Obama to observe the impact of the draconian water rules firsthand.


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 10:04 PM on Sep. 16, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • There is a movement to resurrect the old Peripheral Canal idea of the 80s. I think it will succeed this time, since SoCal has grown so much and has greater water needs than in the 80s.

    I do beleiv ethe regulations have gotten ridiculous.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:36 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:05 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • My sister was telling me about this; she was saying that she, as a californian, was willing to give up watering her own lawn if the farmers could have it.

    We both agree, you take away from frivolities first...and you don't mess with food supply - we already made that mistake with corn-to-fuel, and we should know better by now.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:15 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • It's really sad, but new regulations are creating problems.

    They are talking about regulating the Farmers Markets in some areas, which usually have people with a small lot trying to sell their excess produce. The new regulations on livestock cause problems with small family plots with 2 chickens and a couple of goats, or a single milk cow.

    Around my area, it's more profitable to sell your family farm to condo developers than it is to farm it.


    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:17 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • What do you think this is going to do to the price of food?

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:34 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • Well, I guess a food shortage is one way to get America thin again.

    Yes, environmentalists are killing jobs. I live in Oregon and the environmentalists are responsible for the loss of the states timber industry.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:57 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • aren't correlating the fact that we are in a recession with California's high unemployment even though you moan and groan about the unemployment still being a factor in our economic recovery? LOL. 11.6 is on par with the state's 12.1%

    Something that's also funny about this post is that THE same regulations on delta smelt have been in place since the 1990s, they are only trying to upgrade them from threatened to endangered. In the 90's when they were put in place unemployment in CA was at about 5% and dipped thereafter so your argument holds no water.


    Answer by SRiveroC at 12:25 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Oh and just so you don't say I don't back up my claims, right here on page 1 they talk about the CA fish and gaming code and delta smelt. Go ahead, take a gander.

    You may want to stop looking for facts on the "opinion" section of newspapers :)


    Answer by SRiveroC at 12:29 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Sriver, The states numbers were used to reference the % in the farming towns. Geeze. Did you READ the article???? So some of the farming towns seeing unemployment numbers near 40%. have NOTHING to do with the regulations? Really? Those Mayors are just what? Making it up? So CA lawmakers would rather WAIVE any and all envirpmental restrictions to allow the construction of a 75,000-seat NFL stadium vs allowing farmers to FARM their own land? You are ok with that?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:21 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Ok once again for you, simplistically. The regulations have been in place since the 90s. You cannot prove correlation between TODAYS unemployment rates, and a regulation that was put in plave in the 90s.


    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:17 PM on Sep. 17, 2009