Californians seem ready to extend the state's

landmark climate change law


A high-profile effort to extend and expand California's decade-old climate change law may face an uncertain future next month in the state Capitol, but it has broad conceptual support in a statewide poll released Wednesday night.

About 68% of adults surveyed by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California said they supported a proposal that would require the state's greenhouse gas emissions to be 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2040.

The current law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, mandates a reduction down to the 1990 greenhouse gas levels by 2020.

And the poll finds a sizeable number who also accept the possibility of paying more for gas and electricity as a result.

“The commitment to help reduce global warming includes a surprising willingness on the part of majorities of Californians to pay higher prices," said Mark Baldassare, PPIC's president and chief pollster.

The proposal in question, by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), has seemed to languish in the Legislature since last year but is expected to be at the center of one of the biggest political debates when lawmakers return to Sacramento next week for the final month of the 2016 session.

Though Republicans are split in the poll over a new statewide climate law, just about every other subset of Californians strongly supports it -- including 58% of those polled who describe themselves as conservative.

The survey found similar numbers when asked about the willingness to pay more for electricity if it comes from renewable sources, though African Americans joined Republicans in opposition to the idea.

Results were more mixed when asked about the estimated increase in state gasoline prices by expanding the cap on greenhouse gases to fuels.

Even so, the law signed by Schwarzenegger a decade ago this fall has remained popular in PPIC's polling over the years. And 81% of Californians surveyed this time said that climate change is either somewhat or very much a threat to the state's future.



Climate change skeptics call out marchers’ ‘hypocrisies’

By Sophia Rosenbaum

September 22, 2014 | 3:30am

Thousands participate in "The People’s Climate March" in New York City.Photo: Zuma Press

Manhattan’s flood of green protesters had climate-change skeptics seeing red Sunday.

“Their love for the Earth is so real, they couldn’t even use a trash can,” tweeted a disgusted @chelsea_elisa, along with a photo of an overflowing trash can in Manhattan, after tens of thousands of marchers invaded the city on fleets of smog-producing buses.

David Kreutzer, a research fellow at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation,shared a similar photo of the marchers’ refuse trashing the city’s streets.

“Somehow this doesn’t seem too green 2me,” Kreutzer tweeted.

He and other critics of the People’s Climate March called the protesters hypocrites for wasting paper and burning fossil fuel in getting to the big event.

“The hypocrisy varies from person to person,” economist Kreutzer, 61, told The Post. “The ones that fly in on private jets are the most hypocritical.”

He was referring to celebrity A-listers who joined Sunday’s march.

Stars such as Leo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, an outspoken opponent of fracking, paraded through Midtown with people from around the country.



Leonardo DiCaprio takes part in the march against climate change.


Hippies joined forces with gentrifying hipsters to decry what they called devastating man-made climate change.

One guy sported a witch hat and psychedelic pants while holding a sign that read, “Goodbye Earth People.”

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One of the colorful participants in the marchPhoto: Reuters

The resulting traffic snarls irritated taxi drivers to no end, as marchers strolled from Columbus Circle to 11th Avenue and 34th Street.

“It’s a mess,” said hard-working hack Gamal Abovelwafa, 60.

He said the worst traffic was at the end of the march and around Central Park.

“Where are we going to go?” he angrily asked.

Kreutzer argued that it is unlikely that climate change will be the biggest problem of the 21st century.

“It is phenomenally arrogant to think that 14 years into this century that we already know the greatest crisis we will face,” Kreutzer said.

California water outlook: Sierra snowpack dry and getting drier, 52 percent of historic norm

By Paul Rogers

Posted:   03/29/2013 06:44:08 AM PDT

Updated:   03/29/2013 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.




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 Calahan

08 Feb 2013

VOICES - During the past decade the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Officer Ted Schade has extracted $1.2 billion

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.

The 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 be?

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 theories.

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 off

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 agendas."

"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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California analyst rejects Gov. Jerry Brown's clean energy plan

February 21, 2013


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.

Thanks to 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 education.

The money comes from a $1 billion annual tax increase that affects out-of-state corporations doing business in California.

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California wins ruling on 2000-2001 energy crisis

By Dale Kasler

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6B

Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 - 8:03 am

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 said Monday.

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

By Brad Branan

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Sacramento County 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 supervisor.

"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.

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Congress: EPA is flouting gov’t transparency laws to hide emails


Michael Bastasch

Congressional 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 Jackson.

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 account.

“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 used.”

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Maybe 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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