Define the Business of Local Government — And Mind It.

By Mark Moses
This past summer, the National Civic League published an article entitled “Is It None of Our Business?” The purpose of the article was to evaluate whether local government agencies should be undertaking national issues, which the League characterizes as “the ‘nationalization’ of local government matters.” The League concludes that such nationalization constitutes a “positive phenomenon.”...

TAGS: A Move to Put the Union Label on Solar Power Plants, climate change, equity, immigration, local government, municipal government, National Civic League, national issues

The “Net Zero” Delusions of California’s Ruling Class

By Edward Ring
Last week, I attended an event in downtown Sacramento produced by an industry trade association. One of the highlights of this event was a plenary session where a high ranking state politician addressed the crowd. The participants shall remain anonymous, because who they were doesn’t matter. What was said, and how it was received, was...

TAGS: California Environmental Quality Act, CalPERS and Pacific Grove, carbon emissions, climate change, Climate Change Hysteria, environmentalism, Green Energy

Firefighting Unions Can Help Fix Forestry Mismanagement

By Edward Ring
What we quaintly refer to as “super fires” have incinerated nearly 5,000 square miles of California’s forests so far this year. In response, Governor Newsom has declared he has “no more patience for climate deniers.” But it isn’t climate change that caused these superfires. It was negligent forestry. When it comes to facts that matter on...

TAGS: climate change, forest management

The Premises of California’s Dysfunction

By Edward Ring
Anyone unfamiliar with what is really going on in California would have listened to Governor Newsom’s State of the State address on February 12 and gotten the impression that things have never been better. Newsom’s opening set the tone for the rest of his 4,400 word monologue: “By every traditional measure, the state of our state is...

TAGS: climate change, Edward Ring, Gavin Newsom, white privilege

Electricity and Ideology – Competing Priorities in California

By Edward Ring
“If I wanted the power shut off for days by bloated, corrupt utilities enabled by bloated, corrupt one-party politicians,” quipped Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco attorney and prominent conservative political activist, “I would have stayed in India.” Dhillon’s observation pretty much sums up the frustration felt by millions of Californians last week. In Northern California, nearly 800,000 homes...

TAGS: climate change, Edward Ring, fire, Katy Grimes, PG&E

Child abuse: Education establishment style

By Larry Sand
The true believers in the education world, not climate change, are a major threat to children. When I was seven years old, I had a nightmare about witches, and subsequently became convinced that I had an ugly old hag living in my closet. It wasn’t pleasant, but doing a thorough inspection of my entire bedroom,...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, climate change, global warming, Larry Sand, National Education Association, teachers union

California’s Global Warming High-Speed Train

By Mark Powell
Editor’s Note:  In a previous article, we explained why projected greenhouse gas emission savings from California’s High-Speed Rail project are overstated. The High-Speed Rail Authority’s Environmental Impact Review is based on inflated ridership numbers and does not take into account automotive emission savings that will arise from the transition to electric vehicles. Here, Mark Powell...

TAGS: California high speed rail, climate change

CA Democrats are Not Standing Up for "Working Families"

By David Kersten
It’s election season, so every California Democrat politician is out there on the campaign trail, precinct walking with their “friends” in labor, and speaking to labor organizations and anyone else who will listen.  They are speaking with one voice–that ” we are proud to stand up for working families.” This may sound like a great...

TAGS: AB 32, climate change, Governor Jerry Brown, Prop. 13, public employee compensation