Mark Landsbaum: Is it time to end climate alarmism?

Five allegedly independent investigations claim to have cleared U.S. and British climate scientists of chicanery in their global warming research. It’s more likely the investigations will be among the final nails in the coffin for the global warming alarmist movement. That’s a position shared not only among respected skeptics in the scientific community, but increasingly in the mainstream press and even by some global warming believers.

Sure, government funding for climate change research probably will continue for a while. And propagandists will continue to crank out new studies claiming we’re cooking the planet to death. They will hold more international confabs and issue more dire proclamations, but to less and less avail.

Most likely, this was the tipping point. Global warming zealots have lost. It’s only a matter of time until they realize it and move on to a new contrived catastrophe, where doubtless they’ll be warmly received by a compliant press and amply rewarded with more tax-subsidized grants. It seems there are insatiable appetites and never-ending tax dollars for the proper causes.

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Editorial: Water deal illustrates potential for agreement

Visalia Times-Delta:

The deal between the Westlands Water District of western Fresno County and the Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles is an interesting agreement between traditionally competing interests. Solutions to California’s water problems will need the same kind of collaboration among interests that have usually been enemies.

The deal is also a triumph of pragmatism. Realizing that its position is tenuous, Westlands decided that it was better to make a deal than suffer.

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State Water Board Determines Delta Diversions Unsustainable

A water weary reporter recently asked me why people should pay attention to the State Water Resources Control Board’s public trust flow recommendations, due to be finalized next week. “I mean, isn’t this just another report to sit on another shelf?” It’s a fair question, but adding more paper to more shelves was certainly not the intent of the lawmakers who fought hard to keep this key aspect of last fall’s Delta legislation intact.

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Central Valley water connection gets $14.6 Million

A $14.6 million contract, with the money coming from the federal stimulus act, has been awarded to Shimmick Construction of Oakland to build a pumping plant and pipeline to link the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct.

The project is about five miles west of Tracy and when completed is expected to allow greater utilization of the capacity at the state and federal Jones Pumping Plant. The “Intertie” will also allow for maintenance and repair activities and provide a greater ability to respond to emergencies, the government says.

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State report’s recipe for Delta: More water

Experience has taught me to live by the old Russian proverb, “Hope for the best but expect the worst.” This is a particularly sound strategy for politics, where ideal outcomes are seldom realized. Sometimes, though, I’m pleasantly surprised — something good emerges from unexpected quarters. That’s the case with a recent science-based report from the staff of the State Water Board that identifies the real culprit in the collapse of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta: excessive exports of fresh water.

For decades, California’s water barons – mainly corporate agriculture operators in the western San Joaquin Valley – have called the shots in the state capitol, and the water has flowed to them in lavish amounts

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ENERGY: Agencies seek to contain water and energy costs together

Under the lash of rising costs —- which consumers will ultimately pay —- some of the biggest names in the state’s electricity and water industries met Thursday at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s main water wholesaler, to share information about conservation and technology.

They were brought together by the Water Research Foundation, which helps local water utilities get a handle on issues such as climate change that would be hard to study separately. Those presenting included Southern California Edison, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Metropolitan.

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A water economist’s hot links

David Zetland Speed Blogging for Tuesday, July 27, 2010


  • Food and Water Watch has a guide to understanding your utility’s water quality report. It may be useful, but you will have to wade through their human rights and government-knows-best propaganda.
  • Many English speakers cannot understand the passive tense. That may explain why academics and bureaucrats like to use it (to sound smart), but it also explains why people have a hard time understanding them. That’s a problem if citizens cannot understand laws or their rights.
  • Some interesting thoughts on subsidies vs user pays.
  • Pro-citizen groups have put together a tool to help people understand how to draw their own borders for congressional districts. This is a great way of seeing how far politically-biased boundaries drift from boundaries that are objective or that serve OTHER partisan interests.
  • The extra stuff in beer that they (Bud, Miller) don’t tell you about.
  • Details on why clean coal isn’t.

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