California Democrats running in competitive races are shying away from blaming global warming for wildfires and drought in the Golden State’s Central Valley. The Hill,
The drought is an issue in three of the five closest House races in California, but Democrats are opting against drawing a direct link between the drought and climate change…California’s drought is in its third year, with no signs of ending. It’s expected to cost the state $2.2 billion this year…
Renteria’s race against Valadao in California’s 21st District is smack dab in the middle of the agriculture-heavy Central Valley, where the drought is the single biggest issue for voters…It’s focused on how federal and state officials were unprepared to deal with the drought, and how Central Valley lawmakers should have pushed Congress to take steps to build water storage infrastructure to help farmers.
House Republicans passed legislation earlier this year that would roll back environmental regulations that prevent California from redirecting water to the farmland. The regulations were intended to protect endangered species in rivers and streams.
Democrats generally oppose the bill, claiming it tries to redirect water that doesn’t actually exist.