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In Fresno Visit, Feinstein Slams Trump Climate Retreat

Jun 2, 2017

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.