Environmental Issues
California's drought is a national issue

To the editor: California is turning itself upside down because of the water consumed by an agricultural industry that has only a modest impact on the state's overall economy and produces food only a modest percentage of which is consumed by Californians. ("Drought unlikely to cause major damage to California economy, analysts say," April 14) What it wrong with this picture? Our drought is a national issue and deserves federal government consideration. The billions needed for water infrastructure, desalinization or both should be a national expense. Otherwise, California should figure out a pricing mechanism to cause the cost of fruit and vegetables grown here to reflect...