Who is harmed most? Obviously poor people. Wealthy progressive elites will pay to have water shipped in from other states and environmentalists will successfully raise money from them touting their efforts to prevent real solutions.
A group of Western politicians would like to try and prevent disaster from happening, so they are pitching a proposal to bypass the more ridiculous restrictions on building infrastructure to store more water, and to waste a lot less. Even one California Democrat signed on, which has placed a gigantic bullseye on his head for other Democrats and the environmental groups that fund their campaigns.
The proposal is not a free-for-all, it would just require that there be some evidence that not dumping water into the Pacific ocean in ridiculous amounts would actually harm any fish. You know, science, the thing that environmentalists are squarely against.
The bill is called The Western Water and American Food Security Act and will get water flowing without overstepping the Endangered Species Act. It isn't likely to pass for two reasons: First is that there will be a rain deluge long before all of the lawyers the Natural Resources Defense Council pays with its hundreds of millions of dollars in assets exhaust their skill in the court system blocking any water efforts that do not exempt environmental laws; and second, because it is hard to overcome environmental zealotry when the people opposing it are scientists who have jobs and don't want their university bosses getting hate mail and phone calls because they don't love fish more than people.
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