Fiorina Says Liberal Politicians are Partially to Blame for California’s Drought

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Former Hewlett Packard CEO and GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina appeared on “Meet the Press” in an attempt to bolster her profile as a potential nominee for the general election. Interviewer Chuck Todd proceeded to hammer Fiorina, a global warming denier, on the issues of climate change and widespread drought, but she managed to remain firm in her beliefs while shifting the blame to those she believes have actually exacerbated the problem.

“In your home state of California, the drought, the wildfires… more evidence is coming out from the scientific community that says, ‘climate change has made this worse.’ Not directly caused, but it’s made it worse,” said Todd, while Fiorina listened intently.

Fiorina took advantage of the opening to make her point loud and clear. “You know what’s also made it worse?” she asked. “Politicians. Liberal politicians, who stood up for forty years as the population of California doubled and said. ‘You cannot build a new reservoir, and you cannot build a water conveyance system.’”

“And so for forty years, 70 percent of the rainfall has washed out to sea,” Fiorina continued. “That’s pretty dumb when you know you’re going to have droughts every single year, or every three years, let’s say.” Fiorina has long voiced her opposition to the heavy environmental regulations present in California, laws that she claims have only served the interests of certain politicians and business owners while leaving the average California resident to suffer.

Todd responded with a segment featuring California Governor Jerry Brown speaking to the point Fiorina made. “I have never heard of such utter ignorance. Building a dam won’t do a damn thing about fires, or climate change, or the absence of moisture in the ground and vegetation of California… If these people want to run for president, they better do eighth grade science before they make these sorts of utterances.”

Fiorina was unequivocal in her reply: “That’s a lot of insults, but of course, it makes no sense what he just said. It would be helpful if you’re fighting fires to have more water… It would be helpful to agriculture and everything else to have water saved in the good years so you could use it in the bad years. I’m not denying that California’s air is dry – that’s obvious. I’m not denying that there is a drought. But there is no denying that politicians have made this problem immeasurably worse.”


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