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California Shows Why Trump is Wrong

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — President Donald Trump is at war with clean energy, immigration, taxes, and regulations, because, he says, these things represent a threat to our economy. He yearns for the days when oil companies, not tech firms, were the largest in the world, and when white people comprised an uncontested majority of the US population.

But his claim that re-establishing that order in a world that has totally changed will somehow make America great again, is misinformed. As Matthew Winkler brilliantly showed in Bloomberg View, he need only look at California to see the error of his ways. While actively embracing the things that Trump wants to get rid of: regulations, renewables, and immigrants, California, whose economy, at $2.3 trillion  (according to the WEF) falls, just behind the UK, as the world’s sixth largest, “is the chief reason America is the only developed economy to achieve record GDP growth since the financial crisis of 2008.”

The state’s economic growth is expected to continue to outpace the rest of the nation, through 2020.

And yet, California is not on the US Chamber of Commerce’s top ten list of business-friendly states with low taxes and regulations (which was topped by TN, SD, and WY). The Chamber’s idea of what drives a state’s economy seems to be in sync with the president’s, yet at least in the case of California, both deviate from reality. But then the Chamber, as witnessed by this report from the Cato Institute posted on their website, characterizes regulation as the antithesis of freedom (as opposed to protection) and ranks the US 22nd in the list of countries that are most free (2011 data), largely because of it.

Drought Coalition Will Collaborate to Protect California’s Water Future

California is in its sixth year of drought, and a swath of the state is in the worst category, "exceptional." One of its reservoirs, Lake Cachuma has nearly disappeared, with only seven percent capacity. 

Yum! Brands Means Business About Saving Water

Despite more rain thanks to the El Nino weather phenomenon, nearly all of California remains under drought conditions, after four years of scarce rainfall. And a big swath of the state is still experiencing exceptional drought, the worst category. While reservoirs in the northern part of the state are filling up, the Central Valley and Southern California haven’t had as much rain, so reservoir levels are still low. 

With Solar ITC Extended, Net Metering Battles Rage On

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - With the solar investment tax credit (ITC) recently extended for five years, it would seem that the coast is now clear for the solar boom to continue expanding at an ever-accelerating pace. After all, with these tax credits in place, coupled to the fact that solar prices continue to fall, the solar option just keeps getting more attractive to homeowners from coast to coast. The biggest question would seem to be whether to go ahead and get solar now, or to wait for prices to fall even further.

However, there is more to the story. Since the vast majority of home solar installations are connected to the grid, using power from the local utility to supplement what rooftop systems can generate at peak times, plus all their power at night and on cloudy days, that relationship with the utility must be maintained. A key enabler that makes this arrangement affordable for the homeowner is the notion of net metering. Net metering laws, which are determined at the state level, provide for consumers to be compensated for energy they generate, but don’t use. Currently, 45 states have net metering laws.

Given the fact that utilities are already losing business to solar, they are not eager to participate in what many of them see as their own destruction. This is why the net metering laws have become the new solar battleground.

Even in California, which is generally at the progressive leading edge on any environmental issue, the issue is contentious. A new ruling by the California Public Utility Commission, due out in a week, was expected to extend the existing benefit, based on a proposed decision, issued in December. However, a recent proposal by utilities, led by San Diego Gas & Electric, suggests reducing the amounts utilities must pay for power that they buy back from homeowners, from 15 cents per kWh to 13 cents until a certain threshold is reached, at which time, the net metering obligation would be eliminated. This story is not over, but is merely the latest round in what is clearly a negotiation.

Big Food And Beverage Brands to Openly Disclose Global Water Risks

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – It is clear that water currently poses a large global risk to business, particularly to the food and beverage industry that strongly relies on this natural resource.

Californians Reduced Water Use In June By 27.3 Percent

California is in the midst of its fourth straight year of drought, the worst one on record. The majority of the state is in exceptional drought, the worst category. Reservoirs are dangerously low and the dry conditions are causing wildfires across the state. 

How Hemp Can Save Fish, Reduce Water and Help Save Trees

For many people who strive to live healthier lives, the message is clear: make sure you get enough Omega fatty acids in your diet. Many people like the convenience of supplements to get Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. However, most Omega fatty acid supplements come from fish oil that is extracted from harvesting fish, which is wreaking havoc on certain fish populations.

How a Startup Helps Put a Value on Water

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - California is in the fourth year of the worst drought in the state’s recorded history. A good part of the state is in “exceptional drought,” the worst category. Water conservation is a much talked about topic of conservation among Californians, and is even mandated by the state.

U.S. Mayors Ask Residents To Participate In Challenge for Water Conservation

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Since April 1, mayors across the U.S. have been asking their residents to commit to conserving water and reducing pollution by participating in a national contest. The focus of the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is reducing water and energy use. Participants have a chance to win prizes, including a Toyota Prius Plug-In. The contest lasts through the month.

Three Ways California Agriculture Can Reduce Water Use

Almost the entire state of California is suffering from the fourth year of a historic drought. California is also the state with the largest agricultural sector in the U.S. Half of the domestically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables are grown in the golden state, which leads the nation in value of agricultural products. 

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