Monday, April 14, 2014

Response of capitalism to shortage: "use it faster"

California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom - ABC News: "The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

He's buying a drilling rig for $1 million to make certain he has enough water this summer for thousands of acres of fruit and vegetable crops."
We cannot afford business-as-usual in the age of energy and resource scarcity.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

California Drought: San Joaquin Valley sinking as farmers race to tap aquifer

San Jose Mercury News: "The trends are alarming, the politics complex, but the science is rather simple: The Central Valley -- from Redding to Bakersfield -- is consuming twice as much groundwater as nature is returning through rain and snow."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Drought Forces Migrating Salmon to Go By Truck

Using fossil fuels to fix problem of fossil fuels. Can't work.

ABC News: "California’s drought is so severe this year that there is not enough water for salmon to make their annual trip up the Sacramento River to spawn, forcing the state to truck them instead, officials said."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Huge jump in people walking, biking and taking public transit, surveys find

Vallejo Times Herald: "Results from the California Household Travel Survey indicate the number of Californians choosing to walk, bicycle and use public transportation has more than doubled since the year 2000, according to an announcement about the survey released Monday."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Protest works! Google donates $6.8 million to fund free transit rides for San Francisco youth

The Verge: "Amid widespread protests over tech companies' use of public transit infrastructure, Google said today it would fund two years of free transit rides for San Francisco youth. The $6.8 million grant, which is said to be one of the largest private donations in the city's history, will fund the year-old Free Muni for Low Income Youth program. The cost of the program was previously paid by the city. More than 31,000 low-income youth, ages 5 to 17, have taken advantage of the program since it began a year ago."

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Drought slams California, response? Raise bus fares, get more cars on the road.

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Bakersfield Now: "BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — As the drought continues to threaten California's vast agriculture industry, politicians at the federal level continue to work on comprehensive legislation aimed at releasing water to farmers and communities."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Muni planning to raise fares for public transportation

While the U.S. is plagued with flood and drought, the oil industry, through their trolls in government, want to raise fares on public transit to encourage more private car use. "SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- If you're a Muni rider, you could soon be forced to pay more to ride. A proposal will be presented at a public hearing on Tuesday that includes a hike in fares to meet budget goals."