Letter to the Editor: Let’s talk about water

Andrew Bennett

Let’s talk about water.

It’s so simple, just two hydrogen molecules attached to one oxygen. But every single living creature on earth needs it, and we don’t have enough. Yet, turn on the faucet and there it is in all its glory.

In California, water reigns supreme. We have destroyed the Owens River Valley and Mono Lake to quench our thirst. And now Republicans in the House and Senate are attempting to weaken the Endangered Species Act, all in the name water.

You know how you were told as a kid to leave some water for the fish? Well if Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), and other Republicans get their way, the fish might not have any left.

Cutting the budget of the EPA by 30 percent is a direct assault on California’s environmental protections because it will leave laws unfunded and without an agency to carry out enforcement.

Yet, we continue to subsidize water to agriculture at the cost of $687 million in the past two years alone. And according to the Department of Agriculture that’s just in California and Arizona.

Seems to me that if you want to trim the fat, you should start with water.