Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and current candidate for the Republican nomination Carly Fiorina responded to prodding from California Governor Jerry Brown on what she would do to alleviate California’s five-year drought. Speaking to the Sacramento Bee, Fiorina said “it may well be true” that climate change is exacerbating the current situation, but pointed to environmental activists and poor water planning as the root cause.
“California has had droughts for millennia. And so knowing that, you would think that you would prepare for droughts by building reservoirs and water conveyance systems so that you could save the rainwater during years when there’s a lot of rain.”
There have been no new large dam or reservoir projects built in California since the New Melones Dam in 1979.