California’s drought is a man-made crisis

By   /  September 21, 2015  /  California, Energy and Environment, Opinion  /  No Comments

This Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo shows the lake bed where water has dried due to the drought at Big Bear Lake, Calif.  California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor's statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday, Aug. 27. The strong water conservation figures show California residents are beginning to understand the dire need to cut back in a fourth year of drought, Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

A lack of rain is the least of California’s drought problems. A Watchdog series shows that California’s drought has been made worse by a series of policies — some from the past, many ongoing — that prioritizes environmental demands above the basic provision of water resources to the public.

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Out-of-control federal lending agency harms consumers

By   /  August 3, 2015  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

AP Photo / Michael Dwyer, File

GOP presidential candidates looking for a real issue: consider Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Tough-imaged Texas leads nation on justice reform

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

By Steven Greenhut
Presidential-election observers could understandably come away with the impression that the emerging horse race is little more than a freak show, especially given that loudmouthed billionaire Donald Trump leads some polls on the GOP side, and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders is generating the most excitement in Democratic quarters.
But a number of candidates are […]

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Microaggression: Anything you say may be used against you

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO — An acquaintance of Mexican descent was cutting his own lawn in his upscale subdivision when a neighbor came up to him to see if he could work on his lawn, too. My acquaintance was at first offended, but then realized the obvious: Most gardeners in Southern California are Latin American – so it’s […]

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Do Earth Day policies destroy opportunities for the poor?

By   /  April 22, 2015  /  California, Commentary, Energy and Environment, Fraud of the Day  /  No Comments

Photo: Steven Greenhut

By Steven Greenhut |
SACRAMENTO — No other state has embraced environmental policies like California. Yet for all the self-congratulations among environmentalists and our Green Governor here, I never hear them address some core social-justice questions, such as whether Earth Day – and environmental policies in general – are the prerogative of the rich.
In his inaugural speech […]

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State and feds spend millions to save handful of trout

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  California, Commentary, News  /  No Comments

AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli

The steelhead trout my wife and I cooked for dinner earlier this week seemed pricey. The small package cost $8.99, but it really was quite a deal when one considers what the Obama administration and California state officials are paying to save a handful – maybe a dozen or so – of the same fish on the Stanislaus River.

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