Sen. Kamala Harris Predicts Wars Will Be Fought Over Water

Melanie Arter | February 19, 2019 | 8:05pm EST
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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

( – Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) predicted Tuesday that one day wars will be fought over water.

During a question and answer segment at a “Politics and Eggs Breakfast” hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, Harris was asked how she would propose a funding mechanism for infrastructure.

She proposed repealing President Donald Trump’s tax cut law.

“The way I think of it is there are two pieces. There’s no question that we need to repeal that tax bill that gave benefits to the largest corporations in the top one percent. They don’t need it, and it put another $1 trillion of burden on the American taxpayer and the American public,” the senator said.

“I also believe this, and I take my lead from my friends in the private sector who are so smart in the way they conduct their business, which is when asking about our effectiveness and efficiency and whether whatever the outlay is, is it worth it, there’s a really simple analysis captured in three letters – ROI. What is the return on investment? I think it’s a mistake if we think only in terms of cost and overlook the investment component,” she said.

Harris said people usually think of infrastructure in terms of roads and bridges.

“Well, the list doesn’t end there anymore. It’s also about what we need to do in many parts of the country around investing in renewable energies, around investing in the infrastructure around that, water,” she said.

“Let me tell you, right now, as far as I’m concerned, wars are fought over oil. In a short time, they will be fought over water. We have got to have a priority around water policy in this country. Understanding that’s going to require an investment in infrastructure around storage and capturing water,” Harris added.


She said elections is another part of infrastructure that needs investment and protection. She said she’s in favor of using paper ballots in elections, because “Russia can’t hack a piece of paper.”

“Then let’s also think about other infrastructure, cause on that word, I’ll also bring up the issue of elections. Under the previous administration, the secretary of Homeland Security designated elections as critical infrastructure of the United States,” Harris said.

“Now let’s speak another truth. Russia interfered in the election of the president of the United States. A bill that I have - and it is because of the very nature of the issue, which is not just bipartisan, it is nonpartisan – a co-sponsor on it is a Republican from Oklahoma. His name is James Langford,” she said.

“The bill came about, because he and I were the only two United States senators to serve both on Homeland Security and Intelligence [Committees] at the same time, when we decided that we needed to do something, and so we have proposed that part of the investment in infrastructure has to be upgrading the infrastrastructure of states around elections,” the senator said.

“The best and most secure way to conduct elections – paper ballots, cause the way that I say it kind of half joking, Russia can’t hack a piece of paper. We need to invest in that infrastructure also,” Harris said.


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