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New High-Speed Rail business plan mainly raises questions

February 13th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is Part 1 of a three-part series on the Draft 2014 Business Plan of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Part 2 is here. There are more questions than answers in the Draft 2014 Business Plan of the California High-Speed Rail Authority released late on Feb. 7 without the normal fanfare. The news is more about what it doesn’t include than than what it does. There is n...

New CARB Scoping Plan claims fighting ‘climate change’ is a ‘great unifier’

February 11th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Yesterday the California Air Resources Board released the first update of its Climate Change Scoping Plan. The original Scoping Plan came out in Dec. 2008. Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, required the original Scoping Plan and updates every five years. The new plan concludes that climate change can be combated and the economy can grow at the same time. It a...

Drought Wars: Where did the farm water go?

February 6th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Where did that farm water go? That's a major question stalking California during its record drought. The finger-pointing sure is under way. On Feb. 4, environmental writer Dan Bacher pointed at state water managers, claiming they made the California drought worse by taking water from Northern California farms and fish and sending it to Southern California cities. Bacher claimed 8...

Sen. Steinberg advances drought bill

February 4th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Yesterday state Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, released an outline of a drought reduction bill. Steinberg does not want to be outdone by Republican congressmen grabbing all the media attention for being the first to float an anti-drought bill in California.  Last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, floated H.R. 3964, the San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Del...
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