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Ammon Bundy & Water Wars too

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Ammon Bundy and his family/others with the same thieving instinct are criminals and cheats.

Loads of farmers do the legal thing and pay for their use of land/water/etc. Their products have that cost in the price of their meat. Thieves like Bundy et al can profit from their thieving behavior and they should be arrested and the wealth they achieved from federal lands/US lands should be recuperated by selling property of Bundy and other thieves until their debt to the US government and extra fines on top of that should be paid. If they cannot pay with their property then their livestock should be sold until the debt is paid.

And for those stealing with menace/violence/threat of violence should be locked up on top of that.
 

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There is, of course, more to this story. As I suspected, yet another climate-change-driven huge drought in the area has resulted in extremely low watdr levels in the reservoir. So there you have it- the same idiot right wingers who “don’t believe in” human-driven climate change get extremely upset when they become victims of it and, of course, blame that dag-nabbed federal government while at the same time complaining about President Biden agreeing to cooperate with much of the rest of the world in trying to stem it.
Yes, this is the type of pure idiocy that we get from the right wingers all over the nation on a daily basis. God help us, because they sure won’t.

“PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen wildlife refuges that harbor millions of migrating birds each year.

In what is shaping up to be the worst water crisis in generations, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said it will not release water this season into the main canal that feeds the bulk of the massive Klamath Reclamation Project, marking a first for the 114-year-old irrigation system. The agency announced last month that hundreds of irrigators would get dramatically less water than usual, but a worsening drought picture means water will be completely shut off instead.”

And there you have it. The migrating birds and the salmon don’t get water either. Why on earth do the right wingers not understand the depth of the climate change crisis, even when it affects then directly?


 

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The Federal Land Reclamation Act
"An Act Appropriating the receipts from the sale and disposal of public lands in certain States and Territories to the construction of irrigation works for the reclamation of arid lands". The act identifies 16 states and territories included in the project: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. It requires surplus fees from sales of land be set aside for a "reclamation fund" for the development of water resources.

Below are listed the larger of the irrigation projects of the United States, with the area reclaimed or to be reclaimed as of 1925.
Arizona: Salt River, 182,000
Arizona-California: Yuma, 158,000
California: Orland, 20,000
Colorado: Grand Valley, 53,000; Uncompahgre Valley, 140,000
Idaho: Boise, 207,000; Minidoka, 120,500
Kansas: Garden City, 10,677
Montana: Blackfeet, 122,500; Flathead, 152,000; Fort Peck, 152,000; Huntley, 32,405; Milk River, 219,557; Sun River, 174,046
Montana-North Dakota: Lower Yellowstone, 60,116
Nebraska-Wyoming: North Platte, 129,270
Nevada: Truckee-Carson, 206,000
New Mexico: Carlsbad, 20,261; Hondo, 10,000; Rio Grande, 155,000
North Dakota: North Dakota Pumping, 26, 314
Oregon: Umatilla, 36,300
Oregon-California: Klamath, 70,000
South Dakota: Belle Fourche, 100,000
Utah: Strawberry Valley, 50,000
Washington: Okanogan, 10,999; Sunnyside, 102,824; Tieton (Teton), 34,071
Wyoming: Shoshone, 164,122

Oh, look! The federal government built the Klamath irrigation system. I don't see the Kroll and Nielsen Dam on that list.


And there you have it. Without FEDERAL government intervention in the first place, those land areas are unable to grow crops because they don’t have the water to do so without irrigation. But somehow when a problem arises, it’s suddenly a “state’s rights” issue.
I swear, the right wingers get dumber by the day.
 

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And there you have it. Without FEDERAL government intervention in the first place, those land areas are unable to grow crops because they don’t have the water to do so without irrigation. But somehow when a problem arises, it’s suddenly a “state’s rights” issue.
I swear, the right wingers get dumber by the day.
Aldo Leopold wrote a book Sand County Almanac in which he detailed the complex seasonal relationship of the climate, the soil, the water, the plants and animals on his land. He noted that we exploit rather than understanding these relationships and treat them as if they were infinite. In doing so, he said, we are destroying the environment that sustains us. He stated that until we come up with a land ethic and live by it we will keep on destroying our environment. He wrote this book in the 1950s. Since then we have increased our supply of people like the Bundys who would rather get the last drop of water for themselves than work together, reduce demands, and find an alternative to destruction of the environment.
 
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