Wednesday, March 28, 2007

"Subsidy Gravy Train" by Lloyd Carter

"Subsidy Gravy Train" by Lloyd Carter

In his second installment of "Tales of the Hydraulic Brotherhood" California writer and water expert Lloyd Carter talks about the enormous water and crop subsidies flowing in disproportionate amounts to huge factories in the field in Central California's irrigation country. While California big agribusiness operations hide behind the "family farmer" label, they continue to rake in half a billion dollars a year in taxpayer money, according to reports by the Environmental Working Group. Surprisingly, conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, also favor major reform of the farm and water subsidy system now in place.

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In a followup Lloyd Carter states, "
the Bush administraton is the process of revising the ESA regulations. Environmental groups got ahold of the drafts and leaked them to the media. The regs would substantially gut key aspects of the act. This could definitely impact the attempt to restore the San Joaquin River in California, which used to be California's second largest river. For more information:



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