Skip to comments.Auburn dam back in play as McClintock takes over House panel
Posted on 01/15/2011 8:05:52 PM PST by SmithL
WASHINGTON Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, could start making waves in California water.
As new chairman of the House water and power subcommittee, McClintock can promote his pet projects while he squeezes environmentalists. Politically, this means renewed talk of an Auburn dam, stricter scrutiny of San Joaquin River restoration and more support for hydropower.
"We need to change the central objective of our federal water and power policy to one of abundance," McClintock said in an interview. "That means building more water projects."
In theory, McClintock's position strengthens the staunch conservative's ability to pursue his agenda. The House panel writes water legislation. It oversees spending by the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates California's Central Valley Project. It holds administration officials' feet to the fire.
In practice, McClintock's ability to convert stature into action remains an open question.
The subcommittee's other members have not yet been named, including the key position of senior Democrat.
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McClintock is the only sane man in California. This State is HOPELESS!
eject, eject, eject-—bailout, bailout bailout-—Don’t be the last Freeper to leave Nutty’fornia!
How ‘bout Temperance Flats for us folks down the way?
Dam it, Rep. McClintock!
You seen this? Good on Tom.
Yup. He should have been the governor instead of that TERMINATOR fag.
Tom is going to give the envirals nightmares starting tonight with the remark about a second look at the Klamath dam removal...
Huh? Elk Grove? BS. He's in the 4th District, which does not include Elk Grove. Sacramento Bee, aka, the Sacramento BS
I wish he were Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove! I would've gleefully voted for him many times by now.
Rep McClintock.... the Central Valley farmers need WATER! We drove down the 5 a year ago and many of the farms are complete dustbowls. Turn the water back on!
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The election was November 2, the new Congress was installed January 4, and the Dems still haven’t appointed their committee and subcommittee members? That’s really pretty pathetic.
Hopefully the GOP has done what the D’s did before, create an all but insurmountable imbalance in committee membership between majority and minority. But I won’t count on it.
Nice catch. Someone at the Bee is using McClintock’s old address. But then, everyone knows how well-informed the SuckBee is. (Labor union newsletter in broadsheet format.)
Small wonder food is skyrocketing when the Fed centrally misplans our resources like Central Valley. Another 1000 sq miles sacrificed to Gaia.
Pray for America
Hmm... I guess it's okay for a legislator (or a newspaper) to identify a district by the name of some old ghost town in it? Weird. Very confusing.
Never mind. Tom’s District is in the Northeast corner of the state, not the Northwest. Wow, I’m totally confused now.
"McClintock can promote his pet projects while he squeezes environmentalists. Politically, this means renewed talk of an Auburn dam,
If this does get further than just speculation by the Bee, I would have to fight against it. A beautiful and very historic area of Gold Rush history would be gone.
The American River is already controlled by Folsom Dam and lake and Lake Natomas downstream. All the rivers coming out of the Sierra on the West side are dammed and have reservoirs to a greater of lesser extent now.
The problem with water for the farmers is called Boxer, Fienstein and the EPA. The pumps that draw water into the canal just need to be turned back on.
Since he's on the Water and Power committee, if it's power that's the issue, get going with building nuclear power plants.
Glad to see McClintock in charge of this subcommittee. How fortunate that Texas’ Joe Straus is not Speaker of the US House or some “water is for fish” democrat may have been appointed instead.