Here are the opening paragraphs of an article written by Steph Solis for USA Today:
“California suffered one of its driest years in 2015. And last year the state hit its driest four-year period on record.
“But Donald Trump isn’t sold. The presumptive GOP nominee told supporters in Fresno, California, on Friday night that no such dry spell exists.
“Trump said state officials were simply denying water to Central Valley farmers to prioritize the Delta smelt, a native California fish nearing extinction—or as Trump called it, ‘a certain kind of three-inch fish.’
“’We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,’ Trump told thousands of supporters at the campaign event.”
Soils’ complete article is available at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/05/28/donald-trump-tells-californians-there-no-drought/85082174/.
This goes beyond being against environmental protections, or even being a climate-change denier, or being, more broadly, anti-science or anti-intellectual. He is standing in the middle of one of the regions of California most affected by the extended drought and telling his audience that the drought itself is not the actual cause of their misery but, instead, that they are being duped and ruined by environmentalists.
Trump is presenting himself politically like one of the “rainmakers” who traveled from one farming community to another during the Dustbowl, promising through methods of divination to bring the rain back to the fields.
Worse, as close as I can tell, he seems to think that the water in California’s rivers flows like water from a garden hose and that someone simply needs to shut it off to prevent it from flowing seaward and then point the hose to wherever anyone needs water in the state. This is so ridiculously stupid on so many levels that it is not worth the effort to refute it. Nonetheless, it is probably worth noting that he seems to be assuming that no one along the rivers in which the smelt are swimming uses the water.
But if you are a die-hard Trump believer, you can believe him or you can believe your own eyes about the scope and severity of the drought that has affected California. These are photos from the last two years of some the state’s major reservoirs and lakes, before the winter rains raised the water levels in them to some degree. Whatever water those smelt are swimming in, I am fairly certain that it’s not enough to some anywhere close to refilling these basins: