03 May 2012

Is the WSJ incompetent or corrupt?

This story -- California Farmers Feel Pain: Water Allowance Cut Amid Unusually Dry Winter, Choking Key Region's Rebound -- appears to have been prepared by Westland WD's department of propaganda. It describes "farmer pain" in an area with weak water rights contracts and presents this totally useless figure (forget causation, I can't even get correlation!):

Three points:
  1. Not all farmers are in Westlands.
  2. Westlands is not "key" -- except to Westland farmers and the politicians and reporters they own.
  3. Maybe Westlands should lobby for better water markets, instead of trying to take others' water?
H/T to RM

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