Expanding Pavement and Subdivisions: The Cost of Unlimited Immigration

Say good-bye to the open visas of yesteryear; say hello to tracks of suburban housing from sea to polluted sea. There’s no surprise: as Washington has admitted millions of immigrants decade after decade, all the newbies need a place to live — or the Americans hope to flee to some undiverse community where English is […]

Spring Sierra Snowpack Survey: Substantial but Still Substandard

In California, we have a spring ritual that has become increasingly important in recent years of worsening drought: the state’s top water watcher heads to a specified spot in the mountains where he sticks his long pole into the snow to estimate the amount of future runoff into streams and rivers.

Below left, Frank Gehrke, chief […]

California: Expert-Forecast El Nino Mega-Rains Didn’t Happen

The Golden State has been more golden brown than usual the last few years, as it has suffered a historic drought. We all had our fingers crossed when professional weather wonks forecast a huge rainy season for 2015-16 because of a monster El Nino which normally brings a lot of precipitation.

The good news is the […]

California Land Subsidence Hits Record Levels

The Golden Brown State’s fourth year of drought has brought massive land sinkage, aka subsidence, caused by continued and deeper drilling of ground water by farmers. The subsidence has been observed for a while, but it is getting worse as more water is pumped out of the ground.

Not only is the subsidence another warning about […]

California's Drought Crisis Measures Omit Agriculture

It’s hard to be positive about the future of California. The state is run entirely by Democrats who have made very bad decisions about resources in the past and continue to now. The have pursued diverse growth at any cost despite claiming concern about the environment. The Dems have ignored the Medieval mega-droughts that occurred […]

California Considers Another Winter with Little Rainfall

Spring starts in a few days, which is always good news, but here in crowded Mexifornia, winter rainfall has been disappointingly slim. The drought is bad and getting worse because the stored water in reservoirs has become even more drained.

How bad is the drought?

A study published in December characterized it as the worst in 1200 […]

California Faces More Population Growth with Less Water Expected

Water is an important topic here in the western half of the United States, because we don’t have enough of it. In California, we are in the third year of a severe drought, and nature is not supplying much water in this winter’s rainy season.

Below, Lake Tahoe, located on the border of California and Nevada, […]

Swiss Will Vote Whether to Limit Immigration

Switzerland has national referenda, in which the citizens vote their preferences about important issues facing the nation. The process has provided an interesting look at Swiss beliefs about immigration. In 2010 the Swiss voted for automatic deportation for foreign criminals. In 2009, voters approved a measure to ban minarets. In February of this year, the […]

LA Times Says California Mega-Drought Won't Be That Bad

The Los Angeles Times has been doing a fair amount of drought coverage that can be worry-making (e.g. “Severe drought? California has been here before”), but on Monday it assured readers that 70 years of low rainfall won’t be a state killer.

Well-read water worriers know about the Medieval mega-droughts that struck the west from 900 […]

Chinese Air Pollution There Spreads Here

The Los Angeles Times had an interesting front page graphic on Wednesday, showing that Beijing’s air pollution is many times that of the famously smoggy City of the Angels.

The chart goes with a news article about the struggle of Chinese people to convince their government to tackle cleaning up their nation’s air, a hugely expensive […]

America’s Largest Reservoir Is at Its Lowest Level Ever

Here in northern California, local TV news has a lot of coverage about the water shortage, which I don’t remember happening during previous droughts. So the situation is bad, with millions more people using water when there is less of it.

True, most of the water supply goes to agriculture, not home faucets, but the farms […]

San Francisco Pushes More Standing, Less Sitting on Public Transport

In San Francisco, the city’s public transportation system is doing an upbeat rollout of a new layout for trains where seats are being removed so more people can be crammed by standing.

Less comfort, more crowding — there’s winning sales pitch!

Nobody mentions the cause of increased crowding but it must be at least somewhat due to […]

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