California water outlook:
Sierra snowpack dry and getting drier, 52 percent of historic norm
By Paul Rogers
06:44:08 AM PDT
06:44:37 AM PDT
It's been so dry this spring in California that, as they say in Texas, the trees are whistling for the dogs.
State water officials on Thursday announced that the Sierra Nevada snowpack -- a key source of drinking water for millions of
people -- is at an anemic 52 percent of its historic average.
That's the lowest reading for the beginning of April of any time since 2007, which was the start of a three-year drought. Only
two years during the past 20 have had less Sierra snow at this time of year, 1994 and 2007.
"We're seeing a lot of melted-out spots, a lot of grass and rock where we normally see snow," said Dave Rizzardo, chief of snow
surveys for the California Department of Water Resources in Sacramento.
CLIMATE CHANGE WEEKLY #86
FRIGID SPRING FREEZES GLOBAL WARMING CLAIMS
A remarkably frigid spring is putting the freeze
on global warming from Russia to the U.K. and from Alaska to Florida.
The Russian International News Agency reports the
exceptionally cold spring, even by Russian standards, is delaying the annual bird migration. The U.K. Guardian reports record cold temperatures killed thousands of newborn lambs throughout
the British Isles. The Alaska Dispatch saluted residents with “Welcome to Spring!” while reporting temperatures remaining below zero and threatening longtime records. The Tampa Bay
Times reported an extended spell of frigid temperatures forced animal experts to rescue a South Florida manatee at a time when Floridians are usually basking on beach sands.
The Real Science climate blog noted there were 30
times more cold temperature records set in the United States this week than warm temperature records.
NASA satellite instruments reported February 2013
temperatures that were approximately average compared to the past dozen years, a time period during which global temperatures have plateaued. Temperatures have plateaued even though annual global
carbon dioxide emissions have risen by approximately one-third since the year 2000.
SOURCES: Russian International News Agency; U.K. Guardian; Alaska Dispatch; Tampa Bay Times; Real Science; and Dr. Roy Spencer
End the Billion Dollar Owens Lake Rip-off of LA Ratepayers by Ted
“Elmer Gantry” Schade
Written by James Enstrom and Harold
08 Feb 2013
VOICES - During the past decade the Great Basin Unified
Air Pollution Control Officer Ted Schade has extracted $1.2
from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
(DWP) Ratepayers, increasing their water
bills by up to 20%. This Ratepayer money has been used to build Ted’s Empire in the
Great Basin (Alpine, Inyo, and Mono Counties) in order to control dust from Owens Lake.
The dust, a form of particulate matter air pollution,
is blown off the dry lake bed by wind. Owens Lake has been largely dry since the Los
Angeles Aqueduct was completed in 1913 by DWP’s Chief Engineer William Mulholland. This aqueduct has made possible the delivery of water necessary for the growth and survival of
Los Angeles for the past century. As an organization deeply concerned about Owens Lake, DWP has worked diligently to successfully reduce the lake dust to an entirely safe level.
Great Basin, which has a population density of only two people per square mile, is not experiencing any documentable adverse health effects from the current level of Owens Lake dust.
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Alternate New York Times Headline:
‘Global Warming Saves Civilization’
If it weren't for coal and cars, how cold would we
By: Steve Maley (Diary) | March 10th, 2013 at 10:29 AM | 20
Like Beauty, the interpretation of
scientific data is often in the eye of the beholder. I’m an engineer with more than a smattering of book-learning in the geologic sciences. It has always struck me as appalling that the scientists
who would reorder our very lives around their interpretation of climate science and its implications for our future have so little interest in earth history and the geologic time scale. The climate
alarmist community seems to focus on anecdotes and anomalous weather patterns that we can observe over the course of a human lifespan but have a vauge explanation for abrupt and dramatic changes in
the distant past.
But in terms of the geologic time scale,
human history is the blink of an eye compared the 4.5 billion year age of the earth. The end of the last ice age, a monumental, undeniably non-anthropogenic warming event, happened about 12,000 years
ago; to a geologist it may as well have happened a week ago last Thursday. Yet climate scientists rarely address the implications of that warming event on their modern-day warming
But this week, a new study came out which
alarmingly concludes that CO2-forced temperatures are at or near their Holocene (post ice age) maximum.
“Climate change” cools
By: John Hayward | March 8th, 2013 at 03:08
PM | 29
These are not happy times for the Church
of Global Warming, which has been trying to repackage its manufactured hysteria as “climate change” for several years. But according to the New York
Times on Thursday, we’ve actually come full circle to where we began in the Seventies: global cooling.
After some flapdoodle about global
temperature spikes (in fact, not only is there no evidence connecting human activity to any such spike, most recent data says there wasn’t much of a “spike,” and what heating occurred mostly leveled
out a decade ago) and quoting the ridiculous Michael Mann of “hockey stick graph hoax” fame as an “expert,” the Times casually drops the same narrative that global-warming cultists
have decried as heresy for the past thirty years:
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Mar 11, 2013
The foes of the California Environmental Quality
Act includes developers, municipalities, land owners, the governor and assorted lawmakers in both parties. Their common refrain? That CEQA needs to be "modernized."
From the LAT's George Skelton: "Hill wants
to return CEQA to what it originally was: a check on environmental degradation. It gradually veered out of control as various interests learned to use the landmark law for their own non-environmental
"It became, too often, a tool of business rivals
trying to block competition, NIMBYs ("not in my back yard") attempting to thwart local projects and unions strong-arming developers for labor concessions."
"Meanwhile, project delays dragged on for years,
money was wasted on consultants and lawyers, and California burnished its reputation as a lousy place to do business."
The governor's plan for putting more money into
public education leaves one group out in the cold -- foster children.
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analyst rejects Gov. Jerry Brown's clean energy plan
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office has so many complaints with Gov. Jerry
Brown's plan for spending new clean energy money that it produced a separate 12-page pamphlet today to detail the problems.
voter-approved Proposition 39, the state has $450 million to $550 million annually to spend on energy efficiency projects over the next five years. Brown proposed in his budget to devote all of that money to retrofitting K-12 schools
and community colleges. The initiative did not specify that funds go toward
The money comes from a $1
billion annual tax increase that affects out-of-state corporations doing business in
Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/02/california-analyst-rejects-gov-jerry-brown-clean-energy-plan.html#MTRecentEntries#storylink=cpy
California wins ruling on 2000-2001
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 - 12:00
am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 -
More than a decade after the last rolling
blackout, Californians could get $1.6 billion in electricity refunds because of market
manipulation during the first few months of theenergy crisis, officials
A federal administrative law judge issued a
preliminary decision last Friday in California's favor against several big energy wholesalers, including a U.S. government agency that sells hydropower from the Pacific Northwest and the government of British Columbia.
If the decision is upheld by the
entire Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC,
California ratepayers would receive $1 billion in refunds plus $600 million in interest, the state Public Utilities Commission said Monday.
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Phil Serna to be
sworn in to California Air Resources Board
Published: Tuesday, Feb.
19, 2013 - 4:30 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday,
Feb. 19, 2013 - 6:38 pm
Supervisor Phil Serna will be sworn in as the newest member of the California Air
Resources Board tomorrow at 9 a.m.
The swearing in will take
place in the Joe Serna Jr. Cal/EPA Headquarters Building, 1001 I St., named after Serna's late father, who was once mayor of Sacramento.
Serna was appointed by Gov.
Jerry Brown to fill a new seat created by recent legislation to add representation for the region. The legislation was authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, a former Sacramento County
"I'm humbled by the
confidence Governor Brown has placed in me to represent the more than 2 million residents in our region," Serna said in a written statement.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/19/5201659/phil-serna-to-be-sworn-in-to-california.html#storylink=cpy
Congress: EPA is
flouting gov’t transparency laws to hide emails
Republicans are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of improperly using an exemption clause under the Freedom of Information Act to redact the alias email of departing Administrator Lisa
GOP lawmakers are
asking that the EPA inspector general broaden his search to find out if the agency abused its discretion by redacting the Jackson’s account name, domain name, and server for her alias
“Based on documents
the Committees have obtained, EPA is clearly deviating from President Obama’s openness initiative and from the letter of the law,” said a letter from Republicans Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, California Rep. Darrell Issa, and Texas Rep. Lamar Smith to the EPA’s inspector general.
“It also appears
that EPA is hiding information the public has a right to know in violation of Federal law,” the letter continues, adding that the “EPA has cited Exemption 6 to redact the entire email address and the
account name in every email either sent or received by Lisa Jackson’s alias email account. In doing so, the agency not only denied the public knowledge of the domain name, but also the server she
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Money Does Grow on Trees
Hidden funds and a
failure of oversight in one-party California
18 January 2013
California attorney general
Kamala Harris’s just-concluded investigation only deepens the mystery surrounding $54 million in“hidden money” discovered last year at the state parks department. State investigators interviewed 40 employees, yielding more than 2,000 pages of testimony. They
found that state parks officials had intentionally concealed “only” $20.5 million held in the State Parks and Recreation Fund. The remaining $33 million was “simply obscured by long-term complexities
in managing that fund.”
Harris’s report is worthy of
attention for several reasons, not least because it smacks of a cover-up. Her office released the report on Friday, January 4—at the tail end of a holiday week, a great day to avoid attention. But
the Sacramento Bee, which broke the
hidden-money story last year, remained on the case. The Bee noted that the attorney general was “unable to fully explain how the money piled up,” declaring only that the hidden
money was “unintended” and not the result of any misconduct. One witness, however, offered a different take on why the parks department would report smaller amounts to the Department of Finance: so
that the state would not further reduce the parks department’s budget.
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