The golden state struck back at President Donald Trump with a lawsuit on Thursday. This for his latest war with California over the state’s water resources. And following President Trump ordering the state to reconfigure its water plan, moving more from the north to a growing population further south.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argued Trump’s administration violated the law “As we face the unprecedented threat of a climate emergency, now is the time to strengthen our planet’s biodiversity, not destroy it,” he stated. “California won’t silently spectate as the Trump Administration adopts scientifically-challenged biological opinions that push species to extinction and harm our natural resources and waterways.”
The lawsuit was filed a little more than 24 hours after Trump signed the order in Bakersfield. A claim being Trump was in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act “by failing to provide the public with a meaningful opportunity to comment.”
Trump said changes to the “outdated scientific research and biological opinions” would now help direct “as much water as possible, which will be a magnificent amount, a massive amount of water for the use of California farmers and ranchers.”
“A major obstacle to providing water for the region’s farmers has now been totally eliminated by the federal government,” he announced.
Opponents worry the decision allowing so much water diverted from the San Francisco Bay Delta to the Central Valley in order to irrigate farmland, would ultimately harm chinook salmon and the delta smelt.
While the president also declared, “It would be different if you had a drought.” Plus added, “You don’t have a drought. You have tremendous amounts of water.”
Becerra had previously told, “California won’t allow the Trump Administration to destroy and deplete our natural resources.” In addition, “We’re prepared to challenge the Trump Administration’s harmful attack on our state’s critical ecosystems and environment.”
An environmental watchdog Center for Western Priorities claimed, “President Trump and [Interior] Secretary [David] Bernhardt are draining the delta while they fill the swamp.” Further stating, “and Bernhardt’s clients now have a presidential signature to prove their investment has paid off.”
Though Trump would argue that, “After decades of failure and delays in ensuring critical water access for the people of this state, we are determined to finally get your problem solved.”
This battle a long way from over.