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Hope for WOTUS changes after Supreme Court hearing

Imagine every highway speed limit in the United States changing every few years to a government official’s determination of a “safe” speed. In some ways the interpretation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is similar. When the federal administration changes, the interpretation of the WOTUS changes to …

Commentary

Don’t Fall Prey to Five Common Healthcare Myths

  President-elect Barack Obama has promised to make healthcare reform a top priority. But in order to follow through, Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill must reject some longstanding misconceptions about health care in this country. Here are five such myths. Each is widely repeated, deeply held – and dead …

Agriculture

How California Agriculture Can Survive Another Year of Drought, State Water Cutbacks

Water management and drought preparedness should be cornerstones of every state in the West. Among the states suffering the most from lack of water is California. Water has shown itself to be a finite resource in many states, particularly those reliant upon surface snowpack sources from mountain ranges in the …

Agriculture

Europe’s Alternative Reality for Reducing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Popular wisdom is often wrong. Consider, for example, how it views organic agriculture, which has grown to a $48 billion a year industry in the U.S. Organic products are sold at outlets ranging from local farmers’ markets to large supermarket chains, and many people assume that there is something more natural, wholesome, …

Agriculture

Embrace Genetically Engineered Crops to Mitigate Climate Change

By Henry I. Miller and Kathleen Hefferon Popular wisdom is often wrong.  Consider, for example, how it views organic agriculture, which has grown to a $48 billion a year industry in the U.S.  Organic products are sold at outlets ranging from local farmers’ markets to large supermarket chains, and many …

Agriculture

Feckless Feds Freeze Out Frost Fix

“That morning I squeezed every orange and it felt like a wet sponge – I knew I lost the whole crop,” said Natalia Derevianko, a small farmer in the tiny Florida town of Archer, somewhere in the void between Orlando and Tallahassee.   Florida’s peninsular climate offers farmers an opportunity to grow …

Blog

California Should Embrace Nuclear in Race to Meet All Renewables Mandate

DOWNLOAD THE PDF California is the first state to surpass a million plug-in electric vehicle registrations. It’s a proud moment for those who are determined to eliminate fossil fuel vehicles. But it’s not the grand achievement they think it is. At the end of 2021, 663,014 electric cars and 379,125 …

California

CEQA: The high cost of good intentions

By Chris Carr and Ken Broad California is in a quagmire due in no small part to the weaponization of CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act. We are not providing the physical infrastructure befitting the world’s 5th-largest economy and leading crucible of innovation. Too often, critical projects don’t get built, …

California

Watch Videos from 2022 PRI California Ideas in Action Conference

Conference Theme:  Saving California As PRI’s new book Saving California suggests, market-based reforms can help solve California’s biggest policy problems and even advance the goals of the state’s most progressive legislators. Come hear policy experts and real life changemakers discuss reforms that could push the state onto a better track and …

Blog

The Fight for Greater Transparency in Public Schools

One of the big fallouts of the COVID pandemic has been the revelation of what is being taught in the regular public schools.  Some of the most publicized revelations have occurred in California. Last year, it came to light that the Santa Clara Office of Education had conducted a series …

Agriculture

Hope for WOTUS changes after Supreme Court hearing

Imagine every highway speed limit in the United States changing every few years to a government official’s determination of a “safe” speed. In some ways the interpretation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is similar. When the federal administration changes, the interpretation of the WOTUS changes to …

Commentary

Don’t Fall Prey to Five Common Healthcare Myths

  President-elect Barack Obama has promised to make healthcare reform a top priority. But in order to follow through, Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill must reject some longstanding misconceptions about health care in this country. Here are five such myths. Each is widely repeated, deeply held – and dead …

Agriculture

How California Agriculture Can Survive Another Year of Drought, State Water Cutbacks

Water management and drought preparedness should be cornerstones of every state in the West. Among the states suffering the most from lack of water is California. Water has shown itself to be a finite resource in many states, particularly those reliant upon surface snowpack sources from mountain ranges in the …

Agriculture

Europe’s Alternative Reality for Reducing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Popular wisdom is often wrong. Consider, for example, how it views organic agriculture, which has grown to a $48 billion a year industry in the U.S. Organic products are sold at outlets ranging from local farmers’ markets to large supermarket chains, and many people assume that there is something more natural, wholesome, …

Agriculture

Embrace Genetically Engineered Crops to Mitigate Climate Change

By Henry I. Miller and Kathleen Hefferon Popular wisdom is often wrong.  Consider, for example, how it views organic agriculture, which has grown to a $48 billion a year industry in the U.S.  Organic products are sold at outlets ranging from local farmers’ markets to large supermarket chains, and many …

Agriculture

Feckless Feds Freeze Out Frost Fix

“That morning I squeezed every orange and it felt like a wet sponge – I knew I lost the whole crop,” said Natalia Derevianko, a small farmer in the tiny Florida town of Archer, somewhere in the void between Orlando and Tallahassee.   Florida’s peninsular climate offers farmers an opportunity to grow …

Blog

California Should Embrace Nuclear in Race to Meet All Renewables Mandate

DOWNLOAD THE PDF California is the first state to surpass a million plug-in electric vehicle registrations. It’s a proud moment for those who are determined to eliminate fossil fuel vehicles. But it’s not the grand achievement they think it is. At the end of 2021, 663,014 electric cars and 379,125 …

California

CEQA: The high cost of good intentions

By Chris Carr and Ken Broad California is in a quagmire due in no small part to the weaponization of CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act. We are not providing the physical infrastructure befitting the world’s 5th-largest economy and leading crucible of innovation. Too often, critical projects don’t get built, …

California

Watch Videos from 2022 PRI California Ideas in Action Conference

Conference Theme:  Saving California As PRI’s new book Saving California suggests, market-based reforms can help solve California’s biggest policy problems and even advance the goals of the state’s most progressive legislators. Come hear policy experts and real life changemakers discuss reforms that could push the state onto a better track and …

Blog

The Fight for Greater Transparency in Public Schools

One of the big fallouts of the COVID pandemic has been the revelation of what is being taught in the regular public schools.  Some of the most publicized revelations have occurred in California. Last year, it came to light that the Santa Clara Office of Education had conducted a series …

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