June 1, 2015

IT BEGINS WITH HATING PEOPLE:

Group says California immigration policies contributed to drought (KATE LINTHICUM, 5/25/15, LA Times)

 The group that paid for it, Californians for Population Stabilization, has long called for stricter enforcement of immigration laws, arguing that the state's natural resources cannot sustain high levels of population growth.

The group has used the recent spotlight on California's dwindling water reserves to try to gain support for its many favored causes, which include ending the right to citizenship for every child born on U.S. soil and opposing state efforts to give immigrants in the country illegally access to Medicaid.

This month, CAPS asked its 128,000 Facebook followers to "'Like' if you agree California's drought could have been prevented with responsible immigration policies and limited population growth."

Last month New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine said analysts were overlooking the root causes of the drought -- that while immigrants to California "may be nice people ... they're competing for water resources."

In an article in the National Review, Stanford academic Victor Davis Hanson argued that while California's current dry spell is not novel, "What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought -- well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early 1990s." [...]

Some drought experts have taken issue with such claims, pointing out that the majority of the state's water supports agriculture.

Blaming the drought on immigrants "doesn't fit the facts," said William Patzert, a climatologist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The drought is caused by meager snowpack and poor planning, he said, "not because the immigrants are drinking too much water or taking too many showers."

Always fun to see the nativists fellow-travel with the Ehrlich crowd.  Malthusianism is one of those classic psychoses that both wings are prey to, because, while it fails to conform to reality it does mesh with their ideologies.

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