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Obama: US must rethink water as climate changes

February 14, 2014 • National News


** ADDS NAME OF PERSON AT FAR LEFT ** President Barack Obama, center, speaks about the drought after touring a local farm in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, as from left, Michael Connor, commissioner of bureau of reclamation Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Obama, Maria Gloria Del Bosque of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Joe Del Bosque of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., listen. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — Warning that weather-related disasters will only get worse, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. must rethink the way it uses water as he announced new federal aid to help drought-stricken California.

Obama drew a clear connection between California’s troubles and climate change as he toured part of a farm that will go unsown this year as the state faces its worst drought in more than 100 years. Even if the U.S. takes action now to curb pollution, the planet will keep getting warmer “for a long time to come” thanks to greenhouse gases that have already built up, Obama said.

“We’re going to have to stop looking at these disasters as something to wait for. We’re going to have to Login to read more

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