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Amid Barack Obama calling for a shared sacrifice among all Californians in the face of a record breaking drought in the Golden State, that hasn't stopped him from hitting the high desert's notorious water-guzzling links, as reported by Time Magazine on Feb. 17, 2014.

With the longest drought in decades hammering California's Central Valley, Barack Obama made a point of three straight days of golfing at two of the more posh golf courses in the hyper-upscale community of Rancho Mirage in the even more tony Coachella Valley.

As cited on the official White House website, Obama told the struggling farmers and ranchers of California last Friday outside the agricultural hub of Fresno:

And everybody, from farmers to industry to residential areas, to the north of California and the south of California and everyplace in between, as well as the entire Western region are going to have to start rethinking how we approach water for decades to come.

Obama later noted that one of his water saving measures was to order a moratorium on federal lands in California "on water usage for new, non-essential landscaping projects."

Ostensibly, current non-essential landscaping projects on federal land have escaped the moratorium axe.

Despite the call from the Duffer-in-Chief to keep a close eye on every drop of water used, of the 124 Coachella Valley golf courses, each one uses an average of almost 1 million gallons of fresh water every day.

Due to the high desert's hot and dry climate, the links in the area use "3-4 times more water per day than the average American golf course."

As previously covered, Barack Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill were strongly in favor of diverting 3 million acre-feet of fresh water into the Pacific Ocean in order to save the Delta Smelt (a bait-fish) from possible extinction.

One acre-foot of water is measured 1'x66'x660' while a single acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons.

Nearly a trillion gallons of usable fresh water was purged from the state's water system to save the inches long fish.

As cited by the federal government, the average American uses 80-100 gallons of water each day.



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