House Committee holds ‘kangaroo court’ hearing

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House Committee holds 'kangaroo court' hearingThe National Center for Public Policy Research has accused U.S. lawmakers of holding one-sided hearings on the consequences of the California drought.

The hearing was held on March 31 by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and focused on climate change as the main culprit of the critical water shortage while glossing over the role of activist-inspired environmental policies.

In addition to that, only representatives of government agencies were permitted to testify.

"At the height of a California drought and during a serious recession with massive unemployment in California’s Central Valley, one would hope that the committee cared enough about agricultural workers and minorities to invite as witnesses actual unemployed farm workers," said R.J. Smith, a senior fellow at The National Center.

"Let’s have an open committee hearing and hear real people discussing the impacts on their lives from government regulations and massive job losses – instead of more government bureaucrats who are only causing the problem," he added.

According to University of California at Davis, 80,000 jobs could be lost in the Central Valley. The state risks agricultural losses of over $2 billion for the upcoming season and $3 billion in total economic losses in 2009 as a result of the drought.
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