Then I saw that the scientist, Patricia Glibert (U MD), was forced to resign from her position on the NAS committee (the one that Resnick told Feinstein to convene) because her paper was too definitive and premature for a committee that had reached no formal conclusion.
Then I saw that Delta exporters paid Glibert to write the report. Whoops.
Taking all this as true, I have the following questions:
- What was Glibert thinking? Ecologists do NOT draw firm conclusions (out of a combination of professional caution and respect for the complexity of the subject) without firm pressure.
- What were exporters thinking, putting that pressure on? Sounds like the DeMint end-run stupidity.
OTOH, I agree with the Sacramento Bee's editorial board -- Sacramento has to spend the $billion to get their wastewater in compliance. Not just because it would displace blame for the Delta's ill health, but because it's the right thing to do, and probably the legal thing to do.
Does that sound right to you folks?
Bottom Line: Everyone is going to pay if the Delta is going to get fixed. Parties who think they will "win" are deluded.
Hattips to MC and DW