What's blamed for California's drought? Basically everything

Jun 18, 2015 12:45 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's historic drought is also sparking a flurry of finger-pointing and blaming.

Advocates for various causes are using the four-year dry spell to shore up opposition on everything from unauthorized immigration to eating hamburgers.

One group is airing commercials calling for an immigration slowdown as a way to conserve water. The ads by Californians for Population Stabilization say immigration is driving almost all population growth.

State statistics show new babies, not foreigners, drives growth. Conservation experts say California has plenty of room for water savings to accommodate new people.

Animal rights activists are calling for restrictions on the meat and dairy industry because cows take thousands of gallons of water to raise.

Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove drew criticism for saying rain followed new abortion restrictions in drought-stricken Texas.

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