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Gov. Newsom caves under pressure from big water

We’ve read extensively about California state Senate Bill 1, an approach to resisting Trump and Bernhardt’s gutting of the federal Endangered Species Act, other environmental acts and their enforcement by federal resource agencies. Not that the federal government has ever been good at enforcing the environmental laws Congress passed, regardless of which party was in power.

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Water-Pollution Nation

Today the immediate concern seems to be algae bloom in rivers and lakes, which can turn into "red tides" in the Gulf of Mexico and can kill animals. Thirty-five years ago in the Merced County it was the water pollution at the US Fish & Wildlife Kesterson Wildlife Refuge causing the deaths and deformations of newborn birds, amphibians and humans, and causing cancer. Although this is happening from Vermont to California, the cause is the same, runoff from agricultural fields.

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A Central Valley theory of the Amazon rainforest fires

I have a theory about the Amazon rainforest fires. It could only have come, I admit, from prolonged observation of agribusiness and real estate developers in the San Joaquin Valley. My theory is that  Donald Trump’s insanity, Chinese pride, and the Brazilian soy-bean boom have conspired to create a perfect storm.

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The Developer-in-Chief and environmental law, regulation and enforcement

"Nothing in these new rules helps wildlife, period. Instead, these regulatory changes seek to make protection and recovery of threatened and endangered species harder and less predictable. We're going to court to set things right," Earthjustice attorney Kristen Boyles said in a statement. – Miranda Green, The Hill, Aug. 21, 2019

 

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Ranking of water stressed states

So much for populations growth in the "sunbelt," and when the very same people who have promoted the development of the "sunbelt" for the last 40 years pretend to find "balanced solutions" (or whatever their flaws come up with as the sophistry of the moment), you should be highly skeptical. -- blj

 

Access to water

8-6-19

The Guardian

US states face water crisis as global heating increases strain on supplies

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The Border: a distressed prophesy

I have only one thing to say about the situation along the border, without even getting into the slaughter in the El Paso Walmart last weekend, as someone who has spent quite a bit of time studying it: what Trump is doing in order to rally whites whose grudges go back before the Civil War is exponentially increasing the corruption on the border. Like Abu Ghraib or My Lai or all the other horrors buried by vicious governments violently pursuing twisted political aims, in years to come stories will leak out of the hellhole there now.

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