Gov. Brown explains why some farmers won't face water restrictions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- On ABC's "This Week," Governor Jerry Brown talked about the drought and why farmers are largely spared from the new water restrictions.

The state's agriculture industry uses 80 percent of our water, but accounts for less than two percent of the economy.

Brown said farmers are not receiving any water from the federal government, and need it to help feed the world.

"Of course we can shut it off if you don't want to produce any food and import it from some other place," he said. "Theoretically you can do that. But that would displace hundreds of thousands of people, and I don't think that is needed. There are farmers who have senior water rights. Some people have a right to more water than others. That's historic. That's built into the legal framework of California. And yes, if things continue at this level, that's probably going to be examined."

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The governor says state water districts have the power to punish those who don't follow the mandatory water restrictions.

Brown also repeated his conviction that global warming is a fact.

At this point, Tassajara Valley residents are considering trucking in water from Pittsburg. They say it could cost them up to $2,000 a month.

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