Shopping at the science store

US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has joined California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an attempt to return inconvenient data to the science store, reports the New York Times today. They are not happy, not happy at all, with “biological opinions” of federal scientists to do with the health of California fisheries. They would like to hire expertise more to the liking of powerful Central Valley constituents served by water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta — and more to the liking of one constituent in particular, Beverly Hills billionaire Stewart Resnick.

9/25/2009 Update: Senator Feinstein responds to her critics in the San Francisco Chronicle. Link after the jump.

The governor’s spokesman speaks

UPDATED AUGUST 28TH, 11.59AM and again at 4.35pm: In response to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s insistence that he will not sign a water bill to solve California’s quagmire in the Bay-Delta “if it fails to include a water infrastructure bond that expands our water storage capacity – both surface storage and groundwater” this question was put to the governor’s press office on Tuesday August 25th:

Q: “Does he have any specific groundwater storage sites in mind? While underground storage has much to be said for it in preventing evaporative loss, one private groundwater ‘storage’ company is already advertising the governor’s endorsement. On June 5, the private water speculator Cadiz, Inc released an otherwise untraceable endorsement from him for a controversial groundwater project in the Mojave.  This also includes mining the native groundwater.

(See graphic for the stock market bump in Cadiz shares caused by the endorsement)

The governor writes

Questioned on August 6 about his endorsement of the Cadiz, Inc groundwater project proposed for the Mojave Desert, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today replied.

Dear Governor

August 6, 2009

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

State Capitol Building

Sacramento, California 95814

Re: Cadiz Groundwater Storage and Dry-Year Supply Program

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