September, 2012

Yes to Desalination

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Sept. 28, 2012 By Joseph Perkins The Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant moved a huge step closer to actually being built with the tentative agreement Thursday by the San Diego County Water Authority to buy all the water produced by the Carlsbad plant’s private developer, ...

Best chroniclers of bullet-train follies miss obvious angle on self-driving cars

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Sept. 26, 2012 By Chris Reed Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury-News -- the newspaper reporter and the California newspaper who/that have done by far the best job of straight-forwardly illustrating the lunacy of the high-speed rail project -- somehow missed a fresh chance to point out its st...

Politics clogs solutions to Delta water problems

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Sept. 25, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Members of “Restore the Delta” have recently accused Gov. Jerry Brown of telling a “whopper” that fixing levees in the Sacramento Delta is not feasible. Brown’s accusers are: Robert Pike and Barbara-Barrigan Parilla.  Pike is a consulting engineer and P...

What school bonds pay for: From San Diego to Burlingame, the crime is what’s legal

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Sept. 24, 2012 By Chris Reed Dan Walters had a good column over the weekend about the staggering political expedience we're seeing throughout California. But after spending many hours researching a $2.8 billion school bond being pushed by the San Diego Unified School District, I'm now certain that...

In the spirit of ‘Animal Farm’: Some projects are more ‘worthwhile’ than others

Friday, September 21st, 2012

By Chris Reed Sept. 21 The difference between the federal government’s go-slow-or-is-it-no-go approach on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and the let’s-get-it-done push for the first segment of the California bullet train is instructive, in that in both cases we are told that environmental rules n...

San Francisco approves ‘coercive’ green energy plan

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Sept. 21, 2012 By Dave Roberts Thousands of San Francisco residents may be sucked into a green energy plan that will raise their electricity rates 77 percent without their knowledge or consent. Beginning next spring, half of the city’s 375,000 residential ratepayers will automatically be enrolle...

The coming American energy independence

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Sept. 19, 2012 By Chriss Street This is a crucial development for California, which recently slipped to fourth among the 50 states in oil production. Texas remains first, followed by North Dakota and its lucrative new Bakken formation, then Alaska in third place. The United States is on track to...

San Francisco offloads green power bills onto U.S. taxpayers

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Sept. 19, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi San Francisco must have taken a chapter out of Laer Pearce’s new book “Crazifornia.” The city's new CleanPower SF plan garners subsidies from U.S. taxpayers for green-power purchases. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But you would have to be crazy not to shift ...

The California train to nowhere

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Sept. 18, 2012 By B. Wayne Hughes Jr. This past July, the California Legislature approved starting construction on the first 130 miles of the much hyped high-speed rail from San Francisco to Anaheim.  That’s an ante of $8 billion just for a seat at the table. As many of you may know, the state b...

Best short explanation of Obamacare

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Best short explanation of Obamacare

Sept. 15, 2012 By John Seiler I've discovered the best short description yet of Obamacare. It comes in a slam against Mitt Romney by Joe Klein in Time magazine. Klein is a big backer of Obamacare, and of tyrannical central government in general. He writes: "The insurance companies had to cover eve...