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Will The Jones Act Cripple The Biden Administration’s Offshore Wind Farms?

Last week, the Biden administration announced the proposal to develop seven major offshore wind farms on the east and west coasts of the United States. Biden said he wants to build tens of thousands of wind turbines and generate 30 gigawatts of power by 2030. One gigawatt is the power …

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Growing a Tree Infrastructure Makes Sense

In Pres. Biden’s $3.5 trillion pork reconciliation package, there’s a line item that even we limited government-types can get behind — planting trees. The question is, should the Federal government really be taking the lead? The New York Post article recently uncovered that Biden’s mega-spending bill provides for $3 billion …

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California Promotes Wind Energy, Ignores Market Forces

Windmills on the water. Get ready for them. They’re on their way, thanks to a recently signed bill. The new law requires the state’s Energy Commission “to evaluate and quantify the maximum feasible capacity of” offshore wind energy in federal waters, which “if developed and deployed at scale … can …

Agriculture

Are Mandatory California Water Cutbacks Coming Soon?

Back in 2014, when I was in my past life working for elected officials, I found myself engaged in one of the more annoying parts of the job – “volunteering” on political campaigns. One day, my volunteer efforts took me to a neighborhood in San Bernardino.  Knocking on doors, it …

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Banning Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Could Have Unintended Consequences in Next Power Outage

Californians who have been seen power supplies become more unreliable in recent years have increasingly turned to gas-powered electric generators to keep the lights on during “public safety power shutoffs.” According to the industry trade group, there are 1.5 million portable generators in use in California today.  The average gas-powered …

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How CEQA II Could Be a Hollywood Sequel That Everyone Likes

When then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, into law in 1970, it’s unlikely anyone thought it would eventually be equipped with a warhead and then used to harm business rivals, block development for political rather than environmental reasons, and leverage better labor deals for unions. Yet …

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The CDC’s Legally Questionable Extension of the Rent Moratorium

Toddlers are funny little creatures – simultaneously overly dependent and highly independent. With the newfound discovery of willpower, the tiny humans constantly experiment in testing boundaries. My toddler is characteristically sweet and obedient. But there is one rule she delights in breaking: dumping out the dog’s water bowl. Testing limits, …

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Fuel Breaks Help Stop Wildfires – or Do They?

Fuel breaks are the latest battle ground between the state, environmental advocates who argue for “hardening homes for wildfire,” and state wildfire officials as California experiences another dangerous season of wildfires. If you are not familiar with the term, a fuel break is a strip of land on which the …

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Should we Beware the Ides of September?

Gov. Gavin Newsom made waves this week when he said that mandatory state water restrictions could be coming soon to a dry lawn near you. “At the moment, we’re doing great,” Newsom said.  “But if we enter another year of drought – and as you know our water season starts …

Agriculture

Steven Greenhut Talks Drought on Cheddar TV

Cheddar TV interviewed Steven Greenhut about the recent decision by the federal government to officially declare a first-ever water shortage at Lake Mead. Greenhut talks with “None of the Above” host J.D. Durkin about the impact of the drought to agriculture in Arizona and communities across the West. Greenhut also …

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Will The Jones Act Cripple The Biden Administration’s Offshore Wind Farms?

Last week, the Biden administration announced the proposal to develop seven major offshore wind farms on the east and west coasts of the United States. Biden said he wants to build tens of thousands of wind turbines and generate 30 gigawatts of power by 2030. One gigawatt is the power …

Blog

Growing a Tree Infrastructure Makes Sense

In Pres. Biden’s $3.5 trillion pork reconciliation package, there’s a line item that even we limited government-types can get behind — planting trees. The question is, should the Federal government really be taking the lead? The New York Post article recently uncovered that Biden’s mega-spending bill provides for $3 billion …

Blog

California Promotes Wind Energy, Ignores Market Forces

Windmills on the water. Get ready for them. They’re on their way, thanks to a recently signed bill. The new law requires the state’s Energy Commission “to evaluate and quantify the maximum feasible capacity of” offshore wind energy in federal waters, which “if developed and deployed at scale … can …

Agriculture

Are Mandatory California Water Cutbacks Coming Soon?

Back in 2014, when I was in my past life working for elected officials, I found myself engaged in one of the more annoying parts of the job – “volunteering” on political campaigns. One day, my volunteer efforts took me to a neighborhood in San Bernardino.  Knocking on doors, it …

Blog

Banning Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Could Have Unintended Consequences in Next Power Outage

Californians who have been seen power supplies become more unreliable in recent years have increasingly turned to gas-powered electric generators to keep the lights on during “public safety power shutoffs.” According to the industry trade group, there are 1.5 million portable generators in use in California today.  The average gas-powered …

Blog

How CEQA II Could Be a Hollywood Sequel That Everyone Likes

When then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, into law in 1970, it’s unlikely anyone thought it would eventually be equipped with a warhead and then used to harm business rivals, block development for political rather than environmental reasons, and leverage better labor deals for unions. Yet …

Blog

The CDC’s Legally Questionable Extension of the Rent Moratorium

Toddlers are funny little creatures – simultaneously overly dependent and highly independent. With the newfound discovery of willpower, the tiny humans constantly experiment in testing boundaries. My toddler is characteristically sweet and obedient. But there is one rule she delights in breaking: dumping out the dog’s water bowl. Testing limits, …

Blog

Fuel Breaks Help Stop Wildfires – or Do They?

Fuel breaks are the latest battle ground between the state, environmental advocates who argue for “hardening homes for wildfire,” and state wildfire officials as California experiences another dangerous season of wildfires. If you are not familiar with the term, a fuel break is a strip of land on which the …

Blog

Should we Beware the Ides of September?

Gov. Gavin Newsom made waves this week when he said that mandatory state water restrictions could be coming soon to a dry lawn near you. “At the moment, we’re doing great,” Newsom said.  “But if we enter another year of drought – and as you know our water season starts …

Agriculture

Steven Greenhut Talks Drought on Cheddar TV

Cheddar TV interviewed Steven Greenhut about the recent decision by the federal government to officially declare a first-ever water shortage at Lake Mead. Greenhut talks with “None of the Above” host J.D. Durkin about the impact of the drought to agriculture in Arizona and communities across the West. Greenhut also …

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