In a comically disingenuous TV diatribe earlier this month, Congressman Devin Nunes, defender of San Joaquin Valley farmers’ federal water, suggested that perhaps if the effete liberals in San Francisco care so much about the Delta smelt, they should reduce their own consumption of Sierra Nevada water:
If the Delta ecosystem is collapsing, I would ask Nancy Pelosi, John Garamendi, Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Boxer to turn off San Francisco’s water. It comes from the Sierra Nevada mountain range too.
Ignoring for a moment the doctrine of prior appropriation (San Francisco’s water use long predates Nunes’ constituents’) or the sheer numbers involved (San Francisco’s consumption is far less than San Joaquin Valley farmers’), there are the very real needs of of this merchant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, whose economic interests in producing Best Pork Bun in Town! are clearly tied up in that sweet, sweet Hetch Hetchy water:
EASTERN BAKERY THE ONLY BAKERY IN THE WHOLE USA THAT COOKS OUR OWN MOON CAKE FILLING IN THE USA! Such sweet fillings like: Lotus, Black Bean, Winter Melon, Mung Bean, Yellow Soy Bean, ETC… The orient chemical water contaminated is no match to our San Franciscan water the cleanest water in the whole world! Water is the main ingredient for the sweet fillings. No Other Bakery cooks it own filling in the USA. It’s Expensive & Hard