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Blue: For Earth, For Humanity, For Freedom

While much media (and political) hype points to climate change and global warming as the cause, it is not a simple answer.  The 20th Century was one of the three wettest centuries within the past 1,250 years.  The 20th Century (1922 to be exact) is the base year for water allocation from the Colorado River.  California draws a considerable amount of Colorado River water.

While the Rocky Mountains have experienced reduced snow pack, the Sierra Nevada Mountains have also experienced reduced snow pack for a number of years.  This is where the media (and political) hype focus on climate change.  Well, yes, the “climate” is changing; just as it has been changing for many centuries.  While the media (and political) hype focuses on the human element and the need to combat climate change, the scientific community is seeking to understand the effects of the changing environment and determine what impacts the changing climate will have on wildlife, plant like and human life.

With respect to the presentation Blue, I have been seeing similar comments supporting an anti-climate change/environmentist perspective.  It is interesting when you learn that the demise of the polar ice caps is based on 1979 as the baseline year; the first year LANSAT photos of the world were available.  Coincidentally, that year was towards the end of a 30+ year documented cooling trend and the polar ice caps were expanded from normal.

Subsequently, they lost about 10% of coverage and by 2012 were beginning to rebuild.  Now, they are down about 5% from baseline and increasing.  Interestingly, there are a number of theories that the 1979 baseline year was about 10% above the historic norm.

Climate change (weather pattern changes) are a reality and have been happening for many decades; actually centuries.  Overall, the environmental movement and adherence to climate change dogma has cost individuals their life savings, communities their way of life, and taxpayers million (going on billions) with increased food and energy costs.

There are many actions policy makers have done in the past that are having an impact now.  There will be changes in the future dictated by the availability of water.  It is very interesting being involved with the discussions concerning climate change that are not garnering headlines. It is also very interesting to see cause and effect and consequences of the environmental movement being exposed.....

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What NEPA is and is not...

b2ap3_thumbnail_legal-image.jpgI recently received an email from a county supervisor outlining a situation where the county believed that the Forest Service was in violation of a county law when they closed close to 400 miles of routes in the forest that spanned two counties.  After reading the details submitted, I noted several false assumptions cited in the discussion.

First, let me address what NEPA is and is not.

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Action Needed on Side-by-Side Standards

ROV and ATVThe Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles; also known as "side-by-sides".

Regardless of what type of off-highway vehicle you most enjoy, it is important that you contact all of your federal legislators and the Senate Committee Members listed below. As an OHV community, we can pull together and speak with one, very loud voice.

Please read the information below, then send an Email now to the Relevant Senate Committees Opposing CPSC’s Proposed Mandatory Standards for ROVs (Side-by-Sides)

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Helping Give Veterans a Lift

The Hi-Lift Jack Company invented the first generation Hi-Lift® Jack back in 1905, and Hi-Lift® Jacks have been manufactured and headquartered in Bloomfield, Indiana ever since.  “We’re proud of our Heritage, our Country, and our Service Members.”, says Steve Dowden, Vice President of Sales/Marketing.  “We want to honor all three by offering this red, white, and blue special edition Hi-Lift® Jack and by giving back financially to our veterans through a quality and efficiently run charity.  Hope for the Warriors® and Hi-Lift Jack Company… teaming together to make a difference!”
 
Hope for the Warriors® as rated by CharityNavigator.org

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PROPOSITION 1, THE 2014 WATER BOND: Another failure in the making?

Proposition 1 provides over $4 billion in funding for Sustainable Water Solutions efforts.  These funds would help ensure clean, safe drinking water is available to communities facing potential water shortages. Bond funds would restore watersheds throughout the state to help replenish groundwater levels, protect fish and wildlife, and improve water quality in California’s rivers, lakes and streams. The bond would also fund sustainable local water supplies, including water reuse and storm water capture. 

While these are important investments, which would help combat drought, protect natural areas, promote social equity, and reduce climate change impacts; one has to question the viability of these projects given previous history of failed infrastructure projects funded in previous water bond.

Proposition 1 devotes $2.7 billion (almost one-third of its total) as potential funding of several surface storage projects, including two large dams in the Central Valley. Thus, the bond threatens to take California in the wrong direction to meet its water needs in sound, financially responsible and environmentally beneficial ways. 

While the altruistic project appear to "benefit" the state, the price tag is steep - $7.5 BILLION.  This debt, on top of continued funding crisis in the state, begs the question of "Why spend more?"

Previous water bonds have promised clean, safe drinking water.  Previous water bonds have promised to protect fish and wildlife and improve the water quality of California's rivers, lakes and streams.

And now, Proposition 1 seeks to build on failed projects and promises of the past.

Join me and vote NO on Proposition 1...

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