Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Oil skirmish

Climate bill gets new look: Democrats drop plan for 50% oil cut; Senate Bill 350 to be amended today

Gov. Brown briefs reporters on amendments that remove petroleum reductions from SB 350. THE CALIFORNIA CHANNEL

California Channel

Sacramento Bee & New York Times

In a major setback for Gov. Jerry Brown's climate agenda, the governor and legislative leaders abandoned an effort to require a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in motor vehicles by 2030. Wednesday's announcement followed weeks of lobbying by oil companies and resistance from Republicans and moderate Democrats. The bill is expected to be amended today.

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UC Davis: Farm flooding could address overdraft

Hanford Sentinel

If Mother Nature dumps rain and snow on the Sierra this winter — and that's a big if — Kings County farmers could flood their crops to recharge overdrafted aquifers, according to feedback from a study being conducted by UC Davis researchers. The researchers say they're encouraged by early test results on an alfalfa field in Siskiyou County and a grapevine field in Fresno County.

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Water czar gives big picture on California drought

Pasadena Now

California's current drought situation is bad. Really bad. But Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, is nothing if not pragmatic. And somewhat optimistic. As she told the weekly meeting of Pasadena's Rotary Club at the University Club, it's important to "look at the big picture."

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