Yesterday, the House approved an amendment to an energy bill that includes drought relief legislation introduced by California Congressman David Valadao (CA-21).

The inclusion of the amendment in the previously passed Senate energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012), provides impetus for discussions on drought related matters, particularly for California, but also for a multitude of several other Western states with critical drought related priorities. 

Jeff Janas

The LA Times’ George Skelton recently wrote a tired column deriding corporate agriculture’s use of water and parroting the talking points of environmental activist groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. Skelton’s attack on nut and fruit tree growers prompted a swift and blistering attack from Western Growers. The rebuttal, written by WGs’ Director of Strategic Planning and Communications Cory Lunde, was widely circulated on social media channels, including to Mr. Skelton and the LA Times.

Jeff Janas

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