Los Angeles talk show radio host Dennis Prager claimed this morning that Southern California's three-year drought was caused by people worshipping nature.
Prager was plugging his new book "The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code," on Glenn Beck's Internet radio program when he made his claims, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
But a false god is one that you really do worship because you think it is godlike and that's why I include as an example, the worship of nature. The whole point of the first chapter in Genesis is that God created nature. Nature is subservient to God. Nature is created for the human being. Today, it is the opposite. Where I live in Southern California, the reason we have no water is not because of drought, it is because of the worship of nature. And the, for example, the incredible amount of water that is taken from humans in order to save some six-inch fish. This is the worship of nature.
However, the State of California did not make the decision to preserve the fish, which is actually three inches long and called a delta smelt, but rather the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (federal government) did, noted the Wall Street Journal in 2009.
While it's true that the federal government has restricted farm use of water in the San Joaquin Valley in California, even then-Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he didn't "have the authority to turn on the pumps."
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January that it would not hear appeals from farmers and water districts who challenged the federal government's plan to preserve the delta smelt, which has been an endangered species since 1993, noted the Associated Press.
It has become a popular right-wing talking point to blame environmentalists and liberals for the supposed "man-made drought," especially on Fox News.
However, USA Today reported in 2014 that a study sponsored and reviewed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that the cause of Southern California's drought was decreased rain and snowfall (precipitation).
The report also said that warm, dry, high-pressure ridges prevent the formation of clouds and the subsequent precipitation.