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In Fresno Visit, Feinstein Slams Trump Climate Retreat

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Jeffrey Hess
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Christina Beckstead, executive director of the Madera County Farm Bureau (l) and Don Cameron general manager of Terranova Ranch talk with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (center)

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein used a visit to the Central Valley Thursday to criticize President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Valley Public Radio’s Jeffrey Hess caught up with the senator at a farm in western Fresno County.

Standing beside a freshly irrigated olive orchard, Feinstein warned that leaving the international climate change initiative could make the Central Valley un-farmable.

“I am feeling very badly. I think it is absolutely the wrong thing to do. It is interesting that I am standing in the valley which will warm from climate change in a way that will make it impossible for the kind of agriculture we have today,” said Feinstein.

Feinstein also said she is looking forward to the upcoming testimony of former FBI director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week. Feinstein is a member of the committee, which is investigating connections between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

“There are a lot of hard questions that have to be asked. And they will be asked. He will be testifying in public, which is what he has asked for,” said Feinstein.

Feinstein’s visit to the valley also included a speech for the Central Valley Community Foundation and a panel discussion on human trafficking in Fresno. 

Jeffrey Hess is a reporter and Morning Edition news host for Valley Public Radio. Jeffrey was born and raised in a small town in rural southeast Ohio. After graduating from Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio with a communications degree, Jeffrey embarked on a radio career. After brief stops at stations in Ohio and Texas, and not so brief stops in Florida and Mississippi, Jeffrey and his new wife Shivon are happy to be part Valley Public Radio.
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