John Stewart

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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John Stewart

Renewable Fuel Standard and Ethanol

Joining Allard in the OMB meeting and a subsequent press conference were representatives of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the BoatUS Foundation, the Environmental Working Group, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, ActionAid, Friends of the Earth, the National Restaurant Association and the National Taxpayers Union.

Since the 2005 inception of the RFS, the EPA has annually increased the required volume of ethanol fuel that producers must blend into their products. In 2014, the EPA proposed for the first time a reduction from the statutory requirements. The agency correctly cited the fuel market's inability to sustain further increases without harming motorists, retailers and refiners.

The AMA supports the EPA's fall 2014 RFS proposal.

Allard also raised these concerns:

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John Stewart

Rules? Who needs rules?

The federal agency will allow public comment for an additional month, until Dec. 3, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said, and set up meetings to answer questions from journalists, wilderness groups and the public.

"The Forest Service proposed directive on commercial filming in wilderness has been in place for more than four years and is a good faith effort to ensure the fullest protection of America's wild places," Chambers said in a statement.

Fox News did a report about this proposal that was little missing leading.  The Fox News segment talked about Forest Service and wilderness while showing pictures of National Parks.  

But then, the general public can relate to iconic views of Yosemite NP Half Dome and Yellowstone Geysers.  It much harder for the public to relate to wilderness areas under Forest Service management.  Seems few people care about or even know about those "special" areas as they are managed to exclude all but the most adventurous of the public that can endure to physical exertion to visit.

And, the backlash that ensued....   Seems the elite does not grasp the concept that what they want for others also applies to them. After all, the same law Forest Service is citing to charge for film/photo permits in wilderness is also the same law that is used to charge outfitters and guides for horseback trips into wilderness.  And, it is the same law that allows Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to charge special recreation event fees for the general public to use public lands.  And, it is the same law used to require expensive permits for motion pictures, television shows and commercials to film on public lands. The media and wilderness advocates are elite.  Rules, what rules? 
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Nightmare at Nighmare Gulch

Trespass damage at Red Rock Canyon SP

This was a large group of people in 4X4’s who collectively decided to violate state law. It is estimated this happened within the last two weeks, and there were at least eight vehicles in the group. See attached pictures showing the damage. This incident at Red Rock compromised a closed sensitive area and certainly does not help our efforts to maintain OHV access to the area, the north end of Nightmare where it transitions out to a gate and eventually leads out into the northwestern portion of Last Chance Canyon and Nightmare Gulch.Red Rock Canyon State Park issued an Emergency Closure of Nightmare Gulch on October 9, 2013. The Emergency Closure was issued as a result of summer storm damage which rendered the canyon impassable to vehicles. While the closure is temporary, before any trail repair can be performed an environmental assessment is required. This whole process could take many months. - See more at: http://www.4x4voice.com/index.php/easyblog/entry/78-nightmare-gulch-closedThis trespass has the unintended consequence of jeopardizing the pending acquisition of Onyx Ranch property in the adjacent Jawbone/Dove Springs area. Your help is needed to shut down the irresponsible few who are jeopardizing our recreation and resources with their illegal actions is needed.Stay on designated trails. Stay out of closed sensitive areas. You are responsible for preserving off-road recreation. Responsible recreation preserves access.

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John Stewart

Cooling, warming, or just changing - natually

Climate change, AKA "global cooling" and later "global warming", is happening.  The " deniers" are unwilling to accept that the earth has been warmer in the past than today.  And, conversely, the earth has been colder in the past than today. The climate does change over time.In the 1970's, global cooling was the cause du jour; as a result of man's intervention.  Fast forward 30 years and global warming was the cause du jour; as a result of man's intervention.Today, the cooling/warming mantra is combined under "change".  Interestingly, the "cause" remains the same; a result of man's intervention.  And the proposed solutions are the same: more government control of the economy, higher taxes, and loss of freedoms.And, there is the ever constant flow of dollars into "proving" that man is responsible or global cooling, or global warming, or climate change.  Yes, the climate has changed, does change, and continues to change.  Natural variation moves on.....

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