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Rep. Nunes calls on Schwarzenegger to resign [UPDATED]

Updated 2:55 p.m.: Schwarzenegger spokesman Matt David issued this response: "Governor Schwarzenegger has led the fight for reforming California’s broken water system by bringing all interested parties to the table and working with Senator Feinstein to craft a comprehensive water package.

"Congressman Nunes’ attempt to grab headlines with finger pointing will not solve this problem and will only lead to the same gridlock that has paralyzed the water debate in this state for the last 50 years. We encourage Congressman Nunes to be part of the solution as opposed to part of the problem."

Original post:

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) said today that California’s GOP standard-bearer, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, should step down for his “failure to respond to the ongoing California water crisis.”

Nunes, a Central Valley Republican, sent out his statement on the day Schwarzenegger appeared at the San Luis Reservoir for the last stop of a march organized by the Latino Water Coalition. The governor this week also held a news conference with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for the announcement of millions in federal funding for California’s water infrastructure as the state heads into a fourth year of drought.

Though the governor has repeatedly called for action on a variety of measures to deal with the problem, Nunes said the governor’s similar remarks at the water march were “lip service.” He said Schwarzenegger should quit because of the lack of progress, and also faulted the governor for “ducking” the issue of pumps to get water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

“When a government can’t provide the people access to a reliable supply of water, it has failed,” Nunes said. “This government has utterly failed and Governor Schwarzenegger should resign from office.” 

Seems unlikely that Schwarzenegger will take the advice, but, of course, Nunes won’t have long to wait as the governor leaves office at the end of next year anyway.

-- Michael Rothfeld

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The leadership in California must know that fresh water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource, not only in California, but in most of the world! Specifically, California must take some serious steps towards planning for alternative sources of water for urban areas. The best and most abundant alternative is the desalination and purification of sea water for urban use. This is done in the Middle East and on islands where access to fresh water is limited. By moving towards desalination, California could leave a higher percentage of its fresh water for agricultural use, which is a key part to both the California and US economies.

The purpose of government is protect the rights of its citizens from infringement by others, not to provide food, clothing, shelter or other things people need to live.

There is no "right to water". There is only the right buy, sell or otherwise obtain and own water rights. And this is sufficient.

When I hear people say such things, I usually find someone that is actually arguing for subsidies for some business that uses a lot of water.

These moneyed lobbyists don't want to pay their share of the costs of obtaining water; that's where you, the taxpayer, come in. Yes, let's get other people to pay for our production costs.


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