Topic: Regulation
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Jan. 19, 2018

A new study published in the prestigious journal Nature finds that all those global warming doomsday scenarios aren't credible. Not that you would ever know based on how little coverage this study is getting.

The study, published on Thursday, finds that if CO2 in the atmosphere doubled, global temperatures would climb at most by 3.4 degrees Celsius. That's far below what the UN has been saying for decades, namely that temperatures would rise as much as 4.5 degrees, and possibly up to 6 degrees.

 

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Jan. 18, 2018

Signaling trouble for nearly a dozen landmark water storage projects to help California cope with its next drought, state water officials on Thursday announced none of the proposals — including raising Contra Costa County’s Los Vaqueros Dam and building a new Santa Clara County dam near Pacheco Pass — provide the public benefits that their supporters claim, potentially putting their state funding at risk.

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Jan. 18, 2018

Mayor Lee Brand came into office with a promise to make Fresno more business friendly.

On Wednesday, he announced his latest initiative to achieve that goal, the formation of a 19-member committee to look at the processes the city uses to issue construction permits, review plans and suggest ways to improve them. “My goal is to make Fresno the most business-friendly city in the state of California and the United States, and business friendly for every size of industry — from mom and pop [stores] to Amazon,” Brand said during a City Hall press conference this Thursday morning.

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Jan. 18, 2018

A pair of state legislators introduced a measure on Jan. 17 to ban any moratoriums on new natural gas hookups.

The bill, introduced by state Assembly members Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, and Blanca Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, came in response to the state Public Utilities Commission’s proposal last month to implement a three-month moratorium on new business and industrial gas connections by Southern California Gas Co.

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Jan. 17, 2018

California’s ruling coalition of government employee unions, extreme environmentalists, and high-tech billionaires are at it again, this time with a water conservation bill, AB 1668, that is going to impose a mandatory limit of 55 gallons per person per day on indoor water consumption. Bring on the gadgets.

To put the impact of this bill into perspective, consider what it would cost to retrofit a household to reduce indoor water consumption . . .

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