Radio interview and article:
Kurt Wallace: This is Kurt Wallace and our guest today on Rare is Clint Didier, two-time Superbowl champion and congressional candidate in the 4th congressional district of Washington State, and Clint thanks for being with us today on Rare.
Clint Didier: Kurt, thank you very much for having me on your program, and it’s nice to be on a brand new program named Rare.
Kurt Wallace: Well, we have a few things we want to discuss today a couple things we want to talk about. First you’re a farmer and you’re also a football player so we’re going to talk about both of these issues that you have a lot of experience with. First thing is right now we’re seeing the highest cost for food in the United States that we’ve ever seen.
Clint Didier: Yes, and that’s a tribute to the regulatory action that’s being thrown down on the American farmer. If you look across the country you’ll see the San Joaquin Valley in California was really taking the water was taken away from the farmers due to a, there’s a little bit of an argument about the length of this, two-inch sucker fish some say it’s a four-inch sucker fish – well it’s a fish. And the water was taken away from these farmers the San Joaquin Valley in California was all over the news a couple years ago. This is basically dried up to be a desert.
Now down in the clam basin in Oregon they are taking the water away there for the fish and here in the Columbia basin where I farm they are now saying that this endangered species that we did a study at Idaho State University. It’s called the White Bluffs Bladder Pod, it’s a plant, it flowers a yellow flower and they U.S. Fish and Wildlife says this is a uniques species of its own. We said no it’s not, we took all the Bladder Pods throughout our states, the two bordering states or Oregon and Idaho we took samples from there. We had a DNA analysis done and it all came back as the same plant. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife says well we can’t recognize your study because it wasn’t done by an official agency. They then took the threatened species and listed it as endangered and attributed its demise to the Columbia Basin irrigation project. So, here we go they are trying to take our water away. Now, people want higher and higher food costs? Well you keep taking away these bread baskets that grow the food and raise the food the cattle and this is exactly what you’re gonna get.
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