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I am Perry Peterson, a retired auditor and tax accountant. My wife Valeta and I live along the front range of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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Amid the drought across the western United States, disgruntled Southern California residents are fed up with government agencies that break the very water-use rules that homeowners must strictly follow or pay costly fines.
Already this year, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has received more than 4,000 complaints from residents about government agencies wasting water in violation of the rules, spokeswoman Michelle Vargas told the Los Angeles Times.
There were just 375 such complaints last year.
Vargas said the surge is because of water conservation consciousness.
Aspiring filmmaker Matt Chapman captured on video a gushing stream of water from a broken sprinkler, with the runoff forming a marsh. And “Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles, Receiving Station K” is emblazoned on the building in the background.
“Whether it’s a violation or not is kind of a technicality,” Chapman told the paper. “The point is they were very clearly wasting water. If they’re trying to hold citizens responsible financially for wasting water on their homes, then certainly I hope somebody is being held responsible at the DWP for wasting water like that.”
The LA Times has a report (see link below) titled, “West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes.”
Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.
The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California.
Al Gore has not yet commented on this LA Times report.
The imminent climate summit in New York is rapidly turning into an utter embarrassment for President Obama and UN Secretary General Bank Ki-Moon.
The list of prominent world leaders not attending include:
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Chinese President Xi Jinping
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
We like the somewhat tongue-in-cheek comment at the end of the report:
Of course, things would probably have been totally different, if the summit organizers had guaranteed that attendees would definitely not have to sit through any more boring climate presentations by former Vice President Al Gore.
An article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, my old hometown newspaper, reports that an early September winter storm in the Black Hills has dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the area, while Rapid City received its earliest snowfall in more than 120 years.
The snowfall in downtown Rapid City is the earliest in the city since 1888.
Volcanologists have been warning for years of the Yellowstone volcano threat.
If Yellowstone erupted into a massive, ash-spewing volcano, how far might the plume travel across the continental United States?
An eruption could blanket the east coast in a few millimeters and bury the Rocky mountains in several meters of ash.
New York and Washington D.C., would get a light dusting of ash measuring roughly one-tenth of an inch, while San Francisco and Seattle would get a heaping 2 inches. Billings, Montana, meanwhile, would have to dig out from a 70-inch pile up.
The state of California may exempt Tesla Motors Inc. from some of its toughest environmental regulations as part of an incentive package being discussed with the automaker to build a massive battery factory in state.
Tesla has been in the news for spectacular fires in some of their cars (see reports at link 2 and 3 below)
The plan being negotiated in the governor’s office would grant Tesla waivers for significant portions of the nearly half-century-old California Environmental Quality Act, a proposal that is alarming some environmentalists.
The governor's pitch also includes a number of tax breaks for Tesla that could be worth as much as $500 million, or about 10% of the project's total cost.
California is competing with Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for the project and is apparently ready to throw environmentalists under the bus to close the deal.