One of the obligations of a presidential candidate is to commit to policy solutions. You review a public problem, decide what you will do about it in office, and report in detail how you will address the problem. Instead, Trump practices what one might call “multiple-choice communication.”
The theory that California’s water shortage is all the fault of the Environmental Protection Agency is, like most conspiracy theories, grounded in an actual fact. The EPA has, in fact, caused 800,000 acre-feet of water annually to be flushed into San Francisco Bay to maintain its marine ecosystem.
Fighting California’s drought is a bit like running a political campaign, complete with carefully calibrated messages crafted with polling data.
Even details like colors are used for maximum effect.
“Families losing their jobs cannot afford solar panels on their homes when they can no longer afford their homes because they have no job.”
The Southland is expected to tear out the equivalent of more than 2,100 football fields of grass — or more than twice the turf removal goal Brown set for the entire state in his emergency drought order.
With the drought threatening every aspect of Californians’ lives — including how long they stay in the shower and what food they eat — a raft of creative ideas has been floated.
The House on Friday passed a big energy and water spending bill that showcases the continuing federal discord over how to handle California’s drought.
“How would we feel if you could pay extra to smoke on airplanes? When we decide something is a bad idea in general for society, we don’t want the rich to be able to buy their way out of it.”
Faced with dwindling regional reserves and a fourth year of drought, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is expected to vote next week to ration imported water that it supplies to 26 water districts and cities, something the agency has done only twice before.
By Thomas Peele and Andie Waterman, San Jose Mercury News The expanse of verdant lawn ringing a large vacant construction site in Santa Clara, California, sets off Brian Johns. For Vickie Chang, it’s the city of Albany’s sprinklers that spray her when they go off each night along her street. And Dave Pearce is peeved […]
By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times After months of worsening drought across California, conditions appear to have leveled off, at least for now. According to the latest assessment released Thursday, more than 80 percent of California continues to suffer extreme drought conditions — a figure that has remained unchanged now for roughly two weeks. Things […]
By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — A powerful El Nino that had been emerging in the Pacific is fizzling out, evaporating hopes it will deliver a knockout punch to California’s three-year drought. A new report from scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decreases the probability of an El […]
By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has delivered a big victory to a small water district in California’s parched San Joaquin Valley. Judges concluded that the government owes additional damages for the Bureau of Reclamation’s failure to deliver enough water to the Stockton-based Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District. […]
WASHINGTON — The easiest part of the Obama administration’s response to the California drought is now over. The White House has provided money, commitments and a presidential visit. But the money is limited, the president is moving on, and the commitments will soon be tested on Capitol Hill and deep within the federal bureaucracies. “How […]