The Daily Wire reports that Democrat Max Gomber has resigned from his position on the California State Water Resources Control Board.
This, in itself, is not particularly interesting. The interesting part is that Gomber cited California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Newsom’s administration for the reason why he has decided to resign.
It’s particularly surprising given Gomber’s leftist views, including the fact that he used to be a climate change mitigation strategist. Accordingly, one would expect Gomber and Newsom to be birds of a feather.
That was not the case.
Gomberg explained his decision to resign in a letter that he recently wrote. It seems that he was not happy with the Newsom administration’s decision-making during the drought that the state is experiencing. Newsom, in Gomberg’s view, is not doing enough to combat so-called climate change.
“Sadly, this state is not on a path towards steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions reductions, massive construction to alleviate the housing crisis, quickly and permanently reducing agriculture to manage the loss of water to aridification, and reducing law enforcement and carceral budgets and reallocating resources to programs that actually increase public health and safety,” Gomberg wrote.
He argued that “all of these (and more) are necessary for an equitable and livable future.”
Gomberg took further aim at the Newsom administration in a part of the letter that he address to his colleagues on the Water Board. He wrote:
Witnessing the agency’s ability to tackle big challenges nearly eviscerated by this Administration has been gut wrenching. The way some of you have simply rolled over and accepted this has also been difficult to watch.
Gomberg’s allegations are not a good look for Newsom given the governor’s alignment with the left’s climate change agenda.
Accordingly, Newsom responded to Gomberg’s claims through spokesperson Erin Mellon.
The Governor has worked with the legislature to invest $8 billion to implement the strategies in the Water Resilience Portfolio, which focuses on diversifying our water supplies, enhancing ecosystems, improving infrastructure and ensuring California is better able to manage hotter and drier weather.
This all comes as over 97% of California is experiencing a “severe drought.”