Carly Fiorina rejects California drought is the result of climate change

fiorinaCarly Fiorina rejects the premise of Chuck Todd’s question that the California drought is the result of climate change, and explains why he shouldn’t begin a question about California’s water policy with the assumption that everything done by the government to regulate water and water policy over the past 40 years has been perfect, safely blaming all problems on vague, semi-measurable “climate changes.”

Liberal politicians have made the effects of California’s drought worse by refusing to build more reservoirs to help during the lean years, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday.

Asked by “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd if she agreed that climate change has exacerbated the drought, Fiorina shot back that liberal politicians for 40 years refused to allow new reservoirs and water conveyance systems as the state’s population doubled.

“So 70 percent of the rainfall has washed out to sea,” she said. “That’s pretty dumb if you know you have droughts every single year, or every three years, lets say.”

One of the liberal politicians Fiorina was referencing, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, called Fiorina’s position, “utter ignorance.”

“Building a dam won’t do a damn thing about fires or climate change or the absence of moisture in the ground and vegetation in California,” he told Todd. “I think these people if they want to run for president better do kind of eighth grade science before they make any more utterances.”

Fiorina said she heard a lot of insults in Brown’s words, but not much sense.

“It would be helpful if you were fighting fires to have more water,” she said. “Firefighters in California have difficulty getting enough water now, so they’re using other means. It would be helpful to agriculture and everything else to have water saved in the good years so that you could use it in the bad years.”

Fiorina said she doesn’t deny there is a drought, but that politicians have made the problem “immeasurably worse.”

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    squidly

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    Having more water won’t make the soil more moist? .. Really? .. They don’t irrigate in California? .. So, irrigating crops doesn’t add moisture to the ground? .. Wow, I guess the 8th grade sciencey stuff is pretty hard.

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    squidly

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    Oh, and by the way, those wildfires, they’re not caused by “climate change”. “Climate change” cannot start a fire! .. As Smokey The Bear says, “9 out of 10 fires are caused by humans. Only you can prevent forest fires” .. And he is right. Greater than 90% of all wildfires and forest fires are caused by humans, with accidentally or maliciously. The remaining 10% are caused by lightning. Unless you can stop lightning, at least 10% of those fires are [b]not[/b] preventable.

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    GR82DRV

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    Finally, someone who knows how to debate with these AGW lunatics:

    [b]Carly Fiorina [u]rejects the premise[/u] of Chuck Todd’s question [/b]that the California drought is the result of climate change, and explains why he shouldn’t begin a question about California’s water policy with the assumption that everything done by the government to regulate water and water policy over the past 40 years has been perfect, safely blaming all problems on vague, semi-measurable “climate changes.”

    More debates with these AGW political hacks need to [i]begin[/i] with the words: [b]”I reject the premise…”[/b].

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    john from Michigan

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    Quote: “Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, called Fiorina’s position, “utter ignorance.” If Gov. Brown wants to see “utter ignorance” he should look in a mirror. Hey, Gov., we’ve had no global warming since 1998. Are you saying that the warming of the 1990s is causing the drought of the 2015s? Get real. You come across as the poster boy of ignorance, not Carly Fiorina (who’s absolutely right on this issue).

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    Carbonicus

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    Carly, you left out the additional problem of water diversion to save the precious delta smelt (which no one eats and isn’t particularly important to the ecosystem in which it resides….).

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    Dale

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    Let me see: you build large cities in a desert. Then you encourage the population of these cities to double every few years. Fountains spraying water into the open air become a major attraction in water parks, regular parks, government building, malls, and some back yards.
    And all this is because of ongoing man-made climate change?
    If man is responsible for anything in this situation, it is the wasteful use of the limited water supply and extreme overpopulation of the area (based on what the land can [could originally] support).
    California has droughts on a regular basis and the current one is definitely not the worst in its history. How could the present situation be considered in any way, unusual?

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      GR82DRV

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      Good points Dale. It’s like building a city on a fault line and acting surprised when there is an earthquake… Oh wait, California has done that too…

      If only they could blame those quakes on capitalism too; combined with AGW, California would have its much wanted independent Socialist paradise by now.

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    Chuck L

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    Hacks like Chuck Todd and Governor Moonbeam forget the inconvenient fact that there have been more severe and far longer-duration droughts in the past.
    [img]http://theresilientearth.com/files/images-2014/calif_drought.jpg[/img]

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      CameroH

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      This debate has nothing to do with science or the known history of drought. It is all about economic control and central planning. The control of the primary resources such as water and power is the way to control the economic lives of all of the citizens.

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    Jeff

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    Brown can do nothing but try to insult his critics. The fact is, water should be saved, not allowed to run into the ocean. Why do we create reservoirs in the first place, if not to save water for future use? Duh. Moonbeam, indeed.

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    HL Mencken

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    Governor “Moonbeam”, like any good Democrat, never lets a crisis go to waste, no matter who may be at fault, even Mother Nature. The long-term climatology demonstrates conclusively that there is nothing unprecedented about the length or the severity of the current water shortage in California. And if not unprecedented, then any assertions about its being man-caused (beyond the growing demand, not the restricted supply) are unfounded and specious. I would doubt whether Gov. Brown knows the meaning of “specious.”
    HL Menckeni

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    Judy Cross

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    We must never forget that the IPCC defined “climate change” as only that caused by humans. In any debate, that is important information to get out there.

    Ms Fiorina makes great points about what seems to be almost a deliberate policy of mismanagemt over the years.

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    Amber

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    Carley Fiorina has more IQ in her left pinky fingernail than California Gov Brown .
    She has instantly added to her credibility by not being bullied into some stupid global warming fear mongering propaganda .

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    Jay

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    As far as I can remember growing up in California, and I’m only 48 years old, it seemed like every summer was a drought or near drought and there were always wildfires in southern California. And if I recall correctly a lot of those fires were a hell of a lot worse than this years.

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      Anthony Bright-Paul

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      Climate has been changing since the dinosaurs and before. The Biosphere is evolving, and far from warming the Globe is cooling according to the 2nd law of thermodynamics. The idea that man could in any way regulate the temperature of the globe is just fantasy. Tony BP

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