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Drought: What’s the best way to save water and energy?

March 6th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   It is being widely touted in the media that water conservation obviously not only saves water but also saves energy.  Water is free, but the cost to capture, convey and treat it is not. It's worth asking, and answering: Which sector has the greatest potential for water energy conservation? Municipal water; Agricultural water; Environmental water. 1. Municipal water ...

High-speed rail: Where’s the money?

March 5th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is Part 3 of a three-part series on the new Draft 2014 Business Plan of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Part 1 was about the questions raised by the plan. Part 2 was about California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal keeping the train chugging for now. The Godzilla roaring in the caboose of the High-Speed Rail project is: Where’s the money? The Draft 2014 Business ...

LAO: Bullet train could increase greenhouse gases by 2020

March 4th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to spend the lion’s share of cap-and-trade auction revenue on the high-speed rail project won’t help the state meet its goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020, according to a recent Legislative Analyst’s Office report. It could actually make things worse during construction. Brown wants to spend $250 million of the $850 million cap-and-...

Judge blasts ‘corrupt’ Cal Fire in wildfire lawsuit

February 19th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Superior Court Judge Leslie Nichols this month ruled that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection repeatedly deceived and withheld evidence in a lawsuit seeking $8.1 million from a company and several landowners for a wildfire that the company did not cause. The judge further found that $400,000 of that money was slated for an illegal Cal Fire slush fund. Cal Fir...
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