Oops… Federal Judge Rules Liberal Fish Study That Forced Officials to Cut Off California Water Was Based on Junk Science

Oops!… Sorry about that mass unemployment and drought.

In December 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued what is known as a “biological opinion” imposing water reductions on the San Joaquin Valley and environs to safeguard the federally protected hypomesus transpacificus, a.k.a., the delta smelt. As a result, tens of billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento was channelled away from farmers and into the ocean, leaving hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched.

Democrats created a dust bowl based on junk science.

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the liberal study that forced California officials to cutback on water to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta was based on faulty science.
SFGate reported:

A federal judge has ruled that a landmark 2008 environmental study laying the groundwork for controversial water cutbacks from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta relied on faulty science.

In his much-anticipated decision released Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to re-examine and rewrite its plan for the threatened delta smelt.

The agency’s solution for shoring up the collapsing species – namely cutting water exports to California cities and farms – is “arbitrary” and “capricious,” the Fresno judge wrote in his 225-page decision…

…Wanger’s ruling upheld the evidence showing that the delta pumps do indeed trap and kill many delta smelt – a consolation for environmental groups that had fought for pumping cutbacks. However, the judge found fundamental flaws in the scientific analysis on the benefits of trimming water supplies to urban and rural areas and said the federal agency failed to examine the economic impacts of such a policy.

Agricultural water districts, plaintiffs in the case and the most vocal critic of the 2008 Fish and Wildlife Service report – officially termed a “biological opinion”- were delighted with Tuesday’s decision.

With the economy struggling and unemployment still soaring, it is welcome to see a judge refusing to rubber-stamp extreme, destructive and unjustified environmental regulations,” said Damien Schiff, attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which backed several farmers in a lawsuit against the federal government. “Bottom line: The people win; junk science loses.”

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  • AuntieMadder

    It’s good that this has finally been reversed, but for how many farmers/farming families is it too late?

    Liberals hate human beings.

  • http://guyaverage.blogspot.com Guy Average

    Too bad the dead almond trees can’t be grown back to production in one season. A lot of damage has been done that will take years to repair.

    Sound familiar?

  • bigkahuna

    How the hell does this stuff happen in America today? They people are sick bastards.

    I want to see a petition started to send to Nevada that says yopu relected Harry Reid the communist SOB and you are now going to PAY. Refuse to go and spend a dime there. Let them live with the consequences of election a communist. This guy needs his aSS kicked.

    Lets make the fools who elected and stole this election for Harry know we remeber who screwed us.

    I want to suggest conventions cancel them there . The National Builders Association goes there every few years and brings 100 K visitors. I hope they choose to never go back until Hary is gone.

    People ned to know socialism fails and they need to suffer

  • bigkahuna

    Liberals in congress and the whitehouse need to be declared enemies of the state !

    I hope the GOP investigate and go after every one of them who has any ethical /legal issues and punishes them to the full extent.

    Time to take off the gloves and show these SOB”s America is not going down without one hell of a fight.

  • bigL

    Vermont,too. Eff Maple syrup, bears, p.Js. Tourism, snow.

  • AuntieMadder

    Guy Average @ #2 – I stand corected. Liberals hate human beings and almond trees.

    Seriously, how will the loss or shortage of almonds affect other businesses and industries? Are the almonds harvested in that area sold in the US or are they exported? Sold domestically or exported, others will feel the loss/shortage of almonds. Others elsewhere relied upon those nuts as a part of doing their business.

    bigkahuna @ #3 – I can tell you were very angry when you posted that comment because of all the mistakes/typos. You must have been taking it out on your keyboard, fingers flying as they smacked the hell out of the keys.

  • P. Aaron

    Yeah, a victory years later. Long after the damage has been inflicted upon the innocent.

    We pay a huge cost for ignorance in this country. We continue to pay a big price giving-voluntarily to judges & politicians TOO MUCH leeway.

  • gastorgrab

    “Liberals hate human beings.”


    Isn’t it funny how liberals fight to remove any sense of artificial existence from the lives of animals, but they’re willing to set conditions for almost every human activity? They believe that lives of animals should be completely free from human interference, but that human beings cannot be trusted to conduct their own affairs.

    Why shouldn’t I be allowed my own natural habitat?

    If humans are incapable of making these important decisions, then who is in charge?

    How many of the ‘Animal Protection’ laws are written vaguely enough so as to apply to Homo-sapiens?

  • Molon Labe

    Destitute farmers must have already sold their land to the judge’s cronies.

  • Sickofobama

    I’m sure some other quack judge out there in Kalifornia will trump the judge that used commonsense.

    We must save the minnow you know.

  • Missy8s

    Can you say settlement?

    Cha ching! for the farmers that have been wrongfully discriminated against.

  • Missy8s

    They should sue the crap out of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth!


  • Buffalobob

    I have said it before and I’ll keep saying it. You hook up or donate to any, and I mean any environmental cause and you will destroy someones livelihood. It may not be yours this time but eventually they will get you and your family.

  • mmc

    Thank you Judge-

  • gus

    Have any of you seen what is going on in Wisconsin?? It is unbelievable. The LIBTARDS lost the House, the Senate and the Governor. They are trying to ram through AFSCME contracts RIGHT NOW. To do so, they had to bring in a State Senator who was in jail.

  • RSweeney

    One step away from the abyss…

    But the green lemmings continue to push towards the fall.

  • Peter Warner

    How about canceling out the Pigford (almost totally fraudulent) settlements and diverting those committed funds to paying those California farmers/families/communities that have suffered financial ruin as a consequence of this travesty.

    Here we have a documented and clear case of damage caused by corrupt/misguided/inept government. Will there be justice rendered in this decade?

    Best regards, Peter Warner.

  • gus

    Peter are you familiar with James Sensenbrenner?? My Congressman 30 plus years, high ranking Conservative Republican??? He sent me a form letter after I objected to PIGFORD……………………………MONTHS AGO. He said that BLACKS HAD INDEED BEEN MISTREATED. So what??? Who and how much?? This story is DEAD. It’s over. It’s a POLITICAL THIRD RAIL .

    It shouldn’t be. It’s a perfect issue to stand on principle. Unfortunately JIM SENSENBRENNER AS GOOD AS HE IS.. has been in Washington too long, spending OTHERS MONEY.

  • jainphx

    Its a sad statement that man allows its fellow man to have his land destroyed, lives destroyed, families destroyed, and for what a DAMN fish. When you stand back and watch this happen, YOU are slime, and for what do you destroy these people? This is an actual crime against humanity that will go unpunished. Unpunished unless we demand it be punished.

  • http://rightnetwork tina

    Damn-it’s about time someone came up with some common sense. The “Fraud” in the whitehouse wants us to be ordering all of our produce ect.. from other countries-the 111th congress just passed the “Food Nazi Bill” which you are not allowed to grow your own garden,or plant the crops as you see fit,or use the type of soil you think you need. Or grow the crops you know will grow where! don’t worry the “Frauds” cronies will be overseeing you to make sure you do it all right.”They can all go right straight to hell!” dont worry baby,we have protection also.