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The Energy 202: How the Trump Administration uses water policy to help this California Republican


MODESTO, CALIF. – The state of California sends more than a dozen Republicans to the House of Representatives, despite being a hotbed of political opposition to President Trump.

Democrats therefore hope to lose about half a dozen of these seats to recapture the house. And none of the Republicans here in Central Valley, California, are more susceptible to the impetus of Democratic enthusiasm than Jeff Denham.

At the same time, in the 10th district of California, no resource is more worth living than water.

That's why I reported on the weekend: The government spared no effort to show its support for Denham through water policy.

From a presidential memorandum to several cabinet visits, Trump and his deputies have undertaken a flood of activity in recent months to eventually add more water to the farms in the California Fruit and Nut Basket – and soon the prospects of the house republicans here.

For decades, farmers have been in a tug-of-war with coastal dwellers about how much of California's finite water supply should be shared among luscious urbanites who provide habitat for river dwellers and grow crops. The emergency emergency, which Governor Jerry Brown (D) declared official in 2017, worsened tensions.

With the California state government tightly controlled by urban Democrats, Californian almond, walnut, dairy and wine producers are increasingly turning to the federal government after the Republicans overtook the White House in 2017.

Both Denham and his Democratic opponent, Josh Harder, reject a government plan to flush more water through the Central Valley's rivers to preserve endangered river fish. Both also reject another proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to supply water to the south, including Los Angeles.

Before the elections, however, it was the California Republican delegation to Congress that focused on the power of the federal government to try to bring more water to the Central Valley.

  • In October, 18 days before Election Day, Trump promised to eliminate "all unnecessary burdens" on water supplies in California and other Western states. The President signed a memorandum urging federal authorities to legislate to accelerate the removal of canals and dams that provide water to the Central Valley. During the signing ceremony, Trump was joined by five California House Republicans, including Denham.
  • Denham helped bring three Trump Cabinet officials – Interior Minister Ryan Zinke, Agriculture Minister Sonny Perdue, and acting Environmental Protection Director Andrew Wheeler – to the Central Valley to visit the reservoirs and talk to breeders. During a visit to the Don Pedro Reservoir in July, Zinke praised the "great leadership" of the congressman on water issues.
  • The coup for Denham was Trump's signature in October over a water infrastructure law that helped the congressman write. The bill approved the financing of new water storage projects in the western United States. Again, Denham stood by Trump's side while he signed.

The district's two agricultural offices, both of which support Denham, do not generally support the incumbent operator among the farmers in Stanislaus and San Joaquin County:

  • "After all, he has been given a mandate to provide water infrastructure in the western United States after all these years," said David Phippen, a third-generation almond grower in Manteca who supports Denham. "We waited a long time."
  • But Bob and Margo Cushing, almond farmers about 30 kilometers east, emphasized what they and others perceive as even greater threats: the Brown administration's proposal to build two massive tunnels under the delta to bring water south. She and other supporters of the Democratic candidate are worried about Denam's vote for a bill that includes a ban on lawsuits against the controversial tunnels. "That did not help us at all," said Bob Cushing.

Read here my entire program from the field Modesto:


– The Supreme Court lets the case of the youth proceed: Late on Friday, the Supreme Court refused to bring an action against climate change in Oregon, which was made by young people against the federal government, and rejected the Trump government's request to close the lawsuit before the trial.

Distribution of votes: "Judges Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch have closed the lawsuit," said Robert Barnes and Brady Dennis of the Post. "The other judges did not specify how they voted at the request of the government."

What this lawsuit is about: Twenty-one young people argue that "the failure of leaders to tackle climate change violates their constitutional right to a clean environment."

More from SCOTUS: The Supreme Court will consider a uranium case in Virginia governing the state's right to regulate industry against the federal government's power to oversee matters of national concern. The Supreme Court will decide if a Virginia family can mine one of the largest unused uranium deposits in the country. "On the ground, the problem is causing tension in a community that desperately needs jobs," says Gregory S. Schneider and Robert Barnes of the Post. Others fear that the destruction of the environment or the suggestion of radioactive waste might prevent new companies from coming. A group of nearby business development and government agencies have registered against the mine. "

– The hottest and most expensive campaign in Arizona: It is not the Senate race between Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSally (R). In fact, it is a solar energy election initiative that is already priced at $ 54.7 million, or around $ 11.50, for every eligible voter, according to The Post's Steven Mufson.

What will the election initiative do? When voters approve the measure, the constitution is amended so that electricity utilities will have to source 50 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2035. "With their sunshine in abundance, this should be easy accessibility for Arizona. However, the state receives only six percent of its energy from the sun, "Mufson said writes

Biggest picture: "The noise is about two fundamental questions: Will the advocates of more solar energy do too much good? Or is there a recalcitrant benefit of economic competitiveness and a sensible climate policy in the way? "

– again Florida: Several races in the nation's largest swing state will once again be crucial to the hopes of Democrats and Republicans at this mid-term, and state voters were "motivated by a year of natural and man-made Florida-based companies ahead of the election." Disasters, "reports Joel Achenbach of The Post.

  • In the pan handle: Residents "are still recovering from Hurricane Michael, who devastated coastal communities and a military base.
  • In the middle of the state: "There has been an influx of thousands of Puerto Ricans – potentially new voters – since Hurricane Maria devastated their island last year," writes Achenbach.
  • And on the coasts: The poisonous red tidal algae blossomed, hindering both the state tourism business and the opportunity of Governor Rick Scott (R), who cut environmental spending, and dethroned Senator Bill Nelson (D).

– "Will it change again? Probably": In an interview with Axios, Trump rejected the federal government's report on climate change, saying that the effects of the warming planet were "likely" to be reversible.

What Trump said: "Well, I think we've helped, we're certainly contributing, I mean, there are certain pollutants going up in the air, and there are certain things that happen," the president said. He added, "Is there climate change? Yes. Will it go back like that, I mean, will it change? Probably, "said Trump, as he made a wave-like motion with his hand, according to Axios.

What scientists say The federally-mandated report concluded that "there is no convincing alternative explanation for the changing climate driven by people."

– Bloomberg's final push applies to Democrats (and himself): Michael R. Bloomberg launched a $ 5 million national campaign to urge voters to vote for the Democrats and even promote the billionaire himself, emphasizing his centrist policies, as opposed to Trump. The former mayor of New York City ", who was a Republican, independent and Democrat in his political career, also touched upon other issues that would likely emerge if he ran for the president: convinced support for gun control, a focus on climate change and frustration about congressional dysfunction and the growing federal deficit, "says Robert Costa.

– prong clock: Interior Minister Ryan Zinke finds more and more of his erstwhile allies dissociating between him and the investigation for ethics investigations and decreasing popularity, reports Politico. Many also predict that Zinke will step aside and fill Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist and seasoned bureaucratic junior, with the Agency's top spot, the report said.

– Trump against California: In a win for the Trump administration, a federal judge ruled that a California law that restricts the Federal Government's ability to sell or transfer land to private corporations is unconstitutional, Reuters reports. "The advocates hoped that the law would prevent the Trump administration from selling land that could later be used for oil drilling, mining or real estate development," the report said. "US Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the ruling a" firm rejection "of California's" stunning statement of constitutional power "to determine how and when the federal government can sell its own land."

More: The former state governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has criticized environmentalists for failing to warn people across the country about the world of warming. "Environmentalists have done a terrible job selling this product," Schwarzenegger said during CNN's "The Axe Files," hosted by former top Obama consultant David Axelrod. "The more they talk about global climate change, which nobody knows what that is, they're talking about what's going to happen in 20 years, and sea-level rise and the polar bear and all those things."


– Study suggests that nonwhites are more susceptible to forest fires: A new study has shown that wild-colored animals are more endangered than whites. The University of Washington study, published this month in the journal PLoS, found that "people with the greatest vulnerability were disproportionately colored. That was not because these people lived in places where a fire was likely to burn, "the New York Times reports. "Factors include access to a car that's crucial for evacuation, and whether people speak fluent English."

– Another echo from Flint: In Wisconsin and other states in the Midwest, rural communities are experiencing a "creeping water crisis tied to industrial operations and loose regulations that have been polluting thousands of residential wells in the Midwest and beyond for years," the New York Times reports. "Now fears and frustrations over water quality and pollution have become a major issue of the election year and have ranged from the rugged bedrock here in Wisconsin to chemically contaminated wells in New Hampshire to dwindling water reserves in Arizona." The Trump government's efforts to weaken clean water regulations and the actions of Republican lawmakers in some states in the Midwest also compounded the intensification. "Environmental groups indicate that politicians cut their budgets for enforcement of environmental regulations and environmental inspections and weaken pollution rules"

– Election day: Sturmwache: In parts of the central and eastern US states, a storm is developing from Monday to Tuesday, which means that many countries could be affected by heavy rain and even some tornadoes, according to Ian Livingston of The Post. "The electoral election system is already off the doors of the Pacific Northwest. Over the weekend, it will plunge into the adjoining United States … Apart from the possible violent storms on Election Day, heavy rains could deter voters from the Great Lakes across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys and into the Northeast. In addition, the winds will be very gusty in a large area of ​​the southern central states of the United States by the Great Lakes when the storm comes up. "


– The road for Tesla: The electric car manufacturer revealed that the federal regulators had issued subpoenas about the company's public assurances regarding the production of its Model 3 sedan. The announcement, which is tucked away in a quarterly 141-page report that Tesla filed on Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, confirms that the SEC's subpoena last year as part of an in-depth review of the company's production projections for its model -3 sedan. " Drew Harwell reports from the post office. "These numbers were widely considered by Tesla to be a make-or-break problem in overcoming factory chaos, slowing down cash burn and proving to investors that it could survive. The Ministry of Justice has also requested documents in a similar investigation, but these investigators have not submitted summons or other formal requests. "


Come on

  • The Heritage Foundation is hosting a re-sanctioning and US policy on Tuesday in Iran.
  • The American Enterprise Institute is hosting a conservative case of a carbon tax on Wednesday.
  • The United States Energy Association is organizing an event under the Solid Oxides Fuel Program of the Department of Energy on Thursday.
  • The National Regulatory Commission is hosting a webinar on Thursday on the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station.


– Fireball: The sky in Arkansas was lit up over the weekend as part of the annual Taurid Meteor Sound.


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