Breadbasket now a wasteland

I just arrived in Ventura after an 8-hour drive which took me down I-5 on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Suffice it to say that I was viscerally moved by the utter desolation – miles of once fertile fields are now dry and riddled with sagebrush, orchards are dead and dying and uprooted,  signs are everywhere blaming Congress for creating a new dustbowl in what once was the nation’s breadbasket. The sight was particularly shocking to me because I remember what the place once looked like: prosperous, productive, green and alive. Now it is a virtual desert,  unemployment is around 40%, and whole towns are blowing away with the dust. Why this destruction? Why? It isn’t just the drought. The drought is over in California. No, the south San Joaquin Valley’s economy is devastated because so-called “environmentalists”, who must truly be man-hating mental cases, deemed a tiny fish called the “delta smelt” more important than civilization and the welfare of human beings. The pumping of irrigation water was stopped by court-order to preserve water levels in the delta for the sake of this little fish.


2 thoughts on “Breadbasket now a wasteland

  1. Does it matter how large the fish is? Pro-lifers, of all people, ought to be keenly aware that value is not determined by size.

    Call me a naive uninformed optimist, but I’ve got to believe there were and are options available for responsible natural stewardship of the delta smelt (part of God’s creation, made for His pleasure) that didn’t involve the instant transformation of the San Joaquin Valley into a dust bowl.



  2. Hello Zach! Nice to see you commenting here. Hope all is well with you and the family. True, size doesn’t equate to value, normally. But in this case size happens to be a fair indicator of the relative importance of the delta smelt to human civilization, which is what I care about in the end. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t favor some kind of solution that preserves both the fish and human flourishing in the San Joaquin Valley, but the environmentalists would have us believe that no such solution exists. I agree that a third option is worth looking for, but if it comes down to the exitinction of an insignificant species of fish vs. civilization, well, choose your side with care.


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