But my praise does not extend to their use -- perhaps dependence -- on financial and contractual subsidies that mean the difference between profit and loss, permanence and bankruptcy.
Even I could be a
So I was annoyed to learn the (somewhat old) news that Westlands and other irrigators are getting (will get?) $40 million in federal "stimulus" money for drilling deeper wells [read this pdf]. These wells would be used to mine less-than-clean groundwater, so the subsidy is thrice unsustainable -- financially, environmentally and hydraulically.
Thanks DiFi, for stimulating stupid.
Bottom Line: I don't care if Westlands farmers want to destroy themselves, but I do care if they use MY MONEY to do it or -- worse -- continue unsustainable operations that turns WWD into a zombie irrigation district.