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Cadiz Water Project a Victim of Can’t Do/Won’t Do California

An innovative project to squeeze water from the desert to help quench perpetually thirsty Southern California showed some promise – until the Biden administration decided to halt the plans. The courts might rule against the White House, but for now it looks just like another day in Can’t Do/Won’t Do …

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Is Gann Limit Next Item on Budget Chopping Block?

Last week, I wrote about the “key values” put forward by Senate Democrats for their approach to the 2022-23 state budget process.  Assembly Democrats quickly followed up by releasing their own “budget blueprint,” which like their Senate counterparts, would spend the state’s budget surplus largely on new and expanded government …

Agriculture

No Water Yet Says DWR

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced a zero percent water allocation on Dec. 1. The water agency said that the drought has forced state water regulators to prioritize “health and safety water needs” and that water deliveries are essentially on hold until the state recovers from the ongoing …

California

The nuclear option can keep the lights on in California

A funny thing has happened on the way to California closing all of its nuclear power plants. Biden administration official Jennifer Granholm says the state should rethink its commitment to scrapping atomic energy. In an interview that will be released at an energy conference this week, the U.S. energy secretary …

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California Gets Kicked by Drought 66

DOWNLOAD THE PDF The recent record-breaking bomb cyclone that replenished depleted reservoirs and swelled shriveling rivers was not enough to break the drought. So parched is the state that Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency, a condition Californians, bedeviled by wildfires, unaffordable housing, growing homelessness, a punitive …

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Sierra Snow a Start to Ending the Drought

Experts, scientists, and everyone in between are rushing to give their take on the recent “bomb cyclone” that dumped the most amount of rain in many parts of Northern California in nearly 150 years. Sacramento broke the single-day rain record, last set in 1880, when 5.44-inches of rain fell between …

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How California Laws are Stealing Christmas

We’ve all heard about it by now – the supply chain crisis and the bottlenecks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  Last month, the “dwell time” – the time a container stays on a terminal between unloading from a ship and removal by a truck was six …

Agriculture

Despite Record Rainfall, California’s Politician-Created Drought Persists

Like most Sacramentans on Sunday, I was out in the pouring rain raking leaves out of the street gutters, trying to keep water from coming into the house during our record day of rainfall. Every year during moderate to heavy storms, I like to joke that I live on “Lake …

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In California, The Prohibitions Just Keep On Comin’

Much has become verboten in some form or fashion in California. Consumer-friendly items such as single-use plastic bags that had been customarily given to grocery store customers, plastic straws (unless asked for by patrons), and plastic water bottles and foam food containers in some locales are the featured trophies on …

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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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Cadiz Water Project a Victim of Can’t Do/Won’t Do California

An innovative project to squeeze water from the desert to help quench perpetually thirsty Southern California showed some promise – until the Biden administration decided to halt the plans. The courts might rule against the White House, but for now it looks just like another day in Can’t Do/Won’t Do …

Blog

Is Gann Limit Next Item on Budget Chopping Block?

Last week, I wrote about the “key values” put forward by Senate Democrats for their approach to the 2022-23 state budget process.  Assembly Democrats quickly followed up by releasing their own “budget blueprint,” which like their Senate counterparts, would spend the state’s budget surplus largely on new and expanded government …

Agriculture

No Water Yet Says DWR

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced a zero percent water allocation on Dec. 1. The water agency said that the drought has forced state water regulators to prioritize “health and safety water needs” and that water deliveries are essentially on hold until the state recovers from the ongoing …

California

The nuclear option can keep the lights on in California

A funny thing has happened on the way to California closing all of its nuclear power plants. Biden administration official Jennifer Granholm says the state should rethink its commitment to scrapping atomic energy. In an interview that will be released at an energy conference this week, the U.S. energy secretary …

Blog

California Gets Kicked by Drought 66

DOWNLOAD THE PDF The recent record-breaking bomb cyclone that replenished depleted reservoirs and swelled shriveling rivers was not enough to break the drought. So parched is the state that Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency, a condition Californians, bedeviled by wildfires, unaffordable housing, growing homelessness, a punitive …

Blog

Sierra Snow a Start to Ending the Drought

Experts, scientists, and everyone in between are rushing to give their take on the recent “bomb cyclone” that dumped the most amount of rain in many parts of Northern California in nearly 150 years. Sacramento broke the single-day rain record, last set in 1880, when 5.44-inches of rain fell between …

Blog

How California Laws are Stealing Christmas

We’ve all heard about it by now – the supply chain crisis and the bottlenecks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  Last month, the “dwell time” – the time a container stays on a terminal between unloading from a ship and removal by a truck was six …

Agriculture

Despite Record Rainfall, California’s Politician-Created Drought Persists

Like most Sacramentans on Sunday, I was out in the pouring rain raking leaves out of the street gutters, trying to keep water from coming into the house during our record day of rainfall. Every year during moderate to heavy storms, I like to joke that I live on “Lake …

Blog

In California, The Prohibitions Just Keep On Comin’

Much has become verboten in some form or fashion in California. Consumer-friendly items such as single-use plastic bags that had been customarily given to grocery store customers, plastic straws (unless asked for by patrons), and plastic water bottles and foam food containers in some locales are the featured trophies on …

Blog

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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