Has George Bush Gone Green?
This post is, in a way, a description of what will happen in the forthcoming election cycle as it concerns the environment. Margaret Kriz of the Hoover Institute has an interesting commentary about politicians and their biennial environmental conversion. Has George Bush Gone Green? ;is not about Bush, but about the way that politicians play the enviornmental card at election time.
In this election year, especially with McCloskey running against him, you can expect to see Pombo soften his tone on the environment. You will also see him make as many joint statements as he can with Diane Feinstein. Both are running for re-election. Feinstein's is more assured than Pombo's. But, joint statements on anything will show that they are really not so extreme.
In particular, look for this as it relates to the delta, water use and protection of local fish. Pombo will hope to blunt some of McCloskey's criticism on this issue and what better way to do so that getting a joint statement with DiFi.
What the Democrats have to consider is that DiFi's favorite water project, called CalFed, is a part of the problem more than it is a part of the solution. In the years that she worked to get it in place, so much was compromised that now, CalFed is the organization that wants to drastically increase the pumping of water from the delta with all of the negative consequences that this might have.
The entire process is probably going to begin in Stockton early Monday Morning, Feb. 27.