Posts Tagged ‘environment’


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An Earth Day Meditation for Millennials


Friday April 20th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

April 22 marks Earth Day and millennials might think it goes back at least 100 years, or maybe all the way to the nation’s founding. Actually, Earth Day started only 48 years ago in 1970, but it was an occasion of significance. As Randy Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk and Kenneth J. Sim showed in…
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World Water Day is a Waste


Thursday March 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:48am PDT   •   0 Comments

March 22 is World Water Day but that may have escaped notice, particularly in flooded areas of the central United States. So what is this day about? According to the official site, it is about “exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.” As some readers may have noted,…
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California Straw Man Runs in the Family


Monday February 12th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:14am PST   •   0 Comments

California assemblyman Ian Calderon has proposed a bill that would make it illegal for restaurant staff to give customers a plastic straw unless they ask for one. Unrequested straws would draw a fine of $1,000 or even jail time. This measure has led some to wonder about those little plastic umbrellas in drinks, or…
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GovCEQAstudy.Con


Tuesday December 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PST   •   0 Comments

As California politicians complain about the lack of affordable housing, a new state study claims the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as a Los Angeles Times report put it, “doesn’t block development from actually happening.” A working family looking for affordable housing in California should have more than a reasonable doubt. The claim that…
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Jerry Brown Claims California Wildfires Are “The New Normal.”


Monday December 11th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:56am PST   •   0 Comments

As fires rage in southern California, driving nearly 90,000 people from their homes, recurring governor Jerry Brown explains that that because of climate change such fires could be “the new normal” and “this could be something that happens every year or every few years.” As usual, the governor ignores a key back story. The…
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The Case of the Phantom Frog


Thursday August 3rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:07am PDT   •   1 Comment

Imagine if land that had been held in your family for decades were suddenly subject to new environmental regulations that would severely limit what you could do on that land, where you would not be able to do things like build a new house on it, cut down trees on it, or even to…
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Stop Erosion of Property Rights


Monday July 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:19am PDT   •   0 Comments

California’s Coastal Commission has shut down the last beach-sand mine in the United States, operated by the Mexico-based Cemex company. Coastal Commission boss Jack Ainsworth told reporters, “This settlement is an incredible victory for the public.” Taxpayers might not think so. The Commission blamed Cemex for erosion along Monterey Bay. Company official Walker Robinson…
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U.S. Forest Service Can’t Cut It


Wednesday June 21st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

“Budget cuts threaten forests’ roads, hunting, fishing,” headlines the piece by McClatchy reporter Anshu Siripurapu. Trails “could get messier,” and maintenance on bridges, dams and recreation sites “could” become tougher. “That’s the potential fate of national forest projects, thanks to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018,” Siripurapu warns. The president seeks $100…
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Costing Out California Socialism


Wednesday June 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:23pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Joel Kotkin, a Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, charts “California’s Descent to Socialism,” a new statist strain that “more resembles feudalism than social democracy” and being advanced by, “among others, hedge-fund-billionaire-turned-green-patriarch Tom Steyer.” He wants to double down on environmental and land-use regulation but as Kotkin observes, the state’s already severe land-use…
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Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Quest to Keep California Dry


Wednesday June 7th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

Despite a wet winter and thick snowpack, California still faces increasing demands for water. New sources are always welcome and the Cadiz project seeks to pump groundwater from private holdings in the Mojave Desert to supply homes in arid southern California. San Bernardino County approved the project but the loudest voice against it is…
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