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-- CBS news are finally paying attention to a pressing issue this show has been drawing attention to for several months now.
The government induced drought in California.
It started with a federal government shut off the water supply to thousands of California farmers in an effort to protect this fish it's called a delta smelt.
The lack of water has produced a massive drought predictably leaving farmers in the region and the farm hands they employ.
Out of work and some cases out of food.
Sean has been reporting on the story since may he -- the San Joaquin Valley in September to talk with some of these farmers face to face take a look.
Let us know when you're looking live -- a thousand I.
-- The water.
You're gonna hear from some.
The politicians who are fighting on -- This is a very very simple simple solution.
To a problem back.
Farmers want to work hard they don't want a government handout that we have a message to Washington tonight Mr.
President terror in the water on -- Now.
-- sixty minutes finally picked up the -- here's a portion of the segment they aired just last night.
The drought that has affected the western part of the country has left its mark here and water levels are only half.
What they should be when you can put the needs of a two inch fish.
About me and my family and then that pain because it can potentially -- bankrupt me I got a serious problem of that you know.
All times to come along and try to save a little fish that I think people don't understand I don't Janet.
So did CBS get the story right and why were they so late in reporting on such a pressing national issue.
Joining -- now with more on the story is congressman DeVon -- as.
He misrepresents the San Joaquin Valley out in California he's appeared on this show to discuss the water shortage was -- was out there in September -- thanks for coming on.
So didn't Soviets for having me on to discuss this again wolf thank you to tell me I assume you saw that.
CBS sixty minutes piece on this last night did they get it right in what what did -- -- so long.
Well look I don't know it took them so long but I'm glad that they were -- to -- the story.
You know once again this was the governor Governor Schwarzenegger it was kind of -- 75% of it was kind of a piece for hit on him.
Which is a little bit ridiculous because he's been kind of a day late and a dollar short so to speak.
The governor has yet to go back to Washington DC and meet with -- President Obama or even the speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi.
And really the congress is directly responsible for this madness this is reckless abandonment.
Of the most fertile farmland in the world.
And a huge part of the California economy I -- say that as a native Californians -- I don't -- those -- realize just.
What percentage far foodstuffs come from that valley -- -- -- -- about it about Obama administration is going to side with the farmers or with.
The two inch long fish what do you think the outcomes going to be.
Well they've already chosen the two inch fish they've been doing that for for about a year now.
The question is is is the congress going to take action.
We had seven attempts this year in the congress to try to force the congress to vote.
To choose people over fish.
-- unfortunate this unfortunately this congress is so reckless.
They chose the fish every time they had an opportunity to choose the best.
And so you know something's gonna happen here soon because.
One thing the sixty minutes didn't talk about last night as we have close to 40000 people that are unemployed.
Because the waters off.
And I don't know what country can afford to do this.
Right and presumably a lot of those people are taking state and federal benefits so this is mean that there's Acosta goes beyond simply your district of the state of California.
It is there any way to governor in that piece suggested there was a way to put both protected the -- delta smelt.
And return these farmers to work.
Is it is that possible do you think is there a solution -- can satisfy all sides.
Well I think there's a long term solution that can be put in place and that is that -- have to separate the water users from that from the actual environment.
But that's something that's gonna take.
A decade and so on that in the short term we have to use the systems that have been in place for the better part of fifty years half a century.
The water systems have been in place that this state is used in about a year and a half ago they decided to turn the water off because environmental losses -- and so at some point.
The congress has got to step -- they're the ones that created the laws in the congress has to step didn't change the law.
And make it possible for the farmers to get back to work just to let the water flow into this region again.
So it is there I mean I suspect that behind all of this is an attempt.
By the governor of California Governor Schwarzenegger to get more money from federal taxpayers for the state I mean that the rest of countries -- -- on the hook for this at some point is that.
-- Well I think it goes deeper than that I mean California it is you know you're you're from here Tucker but the California such a disaster and what we've done in Washington DC is we've imported.
California politics in the Washington DC what this is really about is the radical environmental element that is based out of San Francisco and Hollywood.
Has now allowed -- -- itself on.
And you know if we don't do something -- the American people don't do something soon.
What happens in California is going to happen in the rest of the country.
And if you look at -- just think about it we have a luxury in this country of having a a cheap abundant food supply.
Most other countries in the world don't have this and just recently.
There were there were.
Farm workers in this region in the most abundant farmland in the world beating.
Getting standing in a food line getting -- it's from China that were imported from China.
I mean this is gone -- way too far for way too long and -- thank -- for Fox News -- I don't think sixty minutes would have even covered.
This flaw in the any irony of all of this is the only normal people in the state of California are farming.
Right everybody else the state is demented practically every whacko in the world moves to California unfortunately it breaks my heart to see this.
And to see the decent people in the states suffering sitting in food lines because some environmentalists want to say the -- Just absolutely infuriates me are fighting the good fight so thanks -- for coming on I appreciate it.
Very much I don't think you.
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