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Ontario’s New Energy Plan - Confronting Climate Change
By Emma Bailey
For too long, action against climate change has taken the form of vague promises and elusive legislation. However, with the recent passing of Ontario’s Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the establishment of a broader 5-year “Climate Change Action Plan”, quantitative measures and tangible progress towards emissions reduction are now in place in the province of Ontario, Canada. With the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) our neighbors to the north aim to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution (GHG), create jobs and shift all families and businesses towards a low-carbon economy.
By the year 2050 if all goes according to the “plan”, carbon emissions in the province will be 80 percent lower than they were in 1990 – an ambitious target which will require a dramatic restructuring of all infrastructure supporting Ontario’s current society.
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman and Senator Lois Wolk announced on Monday that they will request a state audit of California Water Fix, the new name for a very old project to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. READ MORE »
Three protesters from Kern County are apparently tired of Governor Brown’s green rhetoric and pro-Big Oil actions and are currently conducting a sit-in outside of Governor Jerry Brown’s offices in the State Capitol as part of “Break Free,” a global wave of actions to keep fossil fuels in the ground. READ MORE »
Editor's Note: The San Francicsco Chronicle ran the following editorial on April 30, 2016
When the public is railing about the unfairness of Big Bank bailouts and corporate welfare, why is the Obama administration pursuing a deal that gives away California water — a resource as precious as oil — to a San Joaquin Valley water agency?
A proposed legal settlement would wipe off the federal books a long-standing lawsuit but also reward the Westlands Water District with what every community in the arid West would like — a permanent water contract.
The proposed agreement and the changes in law required to implement it contained in HR4366 give away water that belongs to all Californians and do nothing to ensure the state’s land, wildlife and humans are protected from pollution. READ MORE »
WASHINGTON — Farm banks increased agricultural lending by 7.9 percent in 2015 and held $100.3 billion in farm loans at the end of the year, according to the American Bankers Association’s annual Farm Bank Performance Report. READ MORE »
Early Days of the Central Valley Project: The Role of Progressive Republicans, Freemasons, and Mormon Irrigators
Gary Stadelman Posz
This article grew out of conversation with colleagues about a speech Governor Earl Warren gave to a conference on water resource development at Stanford University in 1945. In his remarks, the Governor called for aggressive development of California's water resources. Little is known about the background of this speech, most particularly about what prompted Warren to launch so directly and forcefully into this fraught pubic policy domain when he had previously not identified himself with it; this was a high profile move outside of his known political interests and priorities.
I joined this conversation with commentary on the mutually reenforcing influences favoring water development in the West, which essentially pervaded the political space of Warren's career. One cannot claim that the influence matrix I describe here was dispositive in explaining Warren's unprecedented policy pronouncement. Bailing-wire sociology cum political science this narrative might be, yet it identifies significant influences present and operating in California politics when Earl Warren emerged in 1945 as a water development advocate.
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By Emma Bailey
The topic of climate change climbs increasingly into everyday discussion. All over the world, individuals, institutions and businesses have recognized the importance of addressing the issue and taking a proactive approach. Nonetheless, there are many clean sources of reliable power we have yet to fully develop. Capturing the power of waves is an exciting development in the field of renewable energy. If technology can begin to capture its continuous output, wave power promises solutions that could transform the way we obtain energy forever.
Marine Energy READ MORE »