Feinstein, McCarthy strike water deal, but war goes on: Kevin McCarthy, Dianne Feinstein and others extolled the compromise. Some of it is praiseworthy. But no one should kid themselves. This bill will result in damage to the environment. And it won’t end California’s water wars.
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, ever a dealmaker, was in a good cheer when he called Thursday after the House had passed the first big bill dealing with California water in 25 years, 360-61.
“This is not the end-all,” the Republican from Bakersfield said. “But it is a good first start. You build trust when you show you can do this.”
It is a compromise, he noted, something we in newspaper opinion shops have been urging for years. McCarthy says the bill has no impact on the Endangered Species Act, and believes environmentalists are spreading false information.
The Obama administration offers a different take, warning in a memo to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, McCarthy’s partner in the water bill: “We continue to believe efforts to legislate specific changes in operations of the (Central Valley Project) and (State Water Project) will result in the potential for considerable litigation around these new statutory directives.”
And so the fight will go on and on.