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Trump on Verge of WIIN-ing* California Water War Before Taking Office

By Wayne Lusvardi -- December 13, 2016

(* Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, 2017 – WIIN Act)

There is no drought….If I win, believe me, we’re going to start opening up the water so that your farmers can survive” – Candidate Donald J. Trump, May 27, 2016, Fresno, California

“If we don’t move now, we run the real risk of legislation that opens up the Endangered Species Act in the future, when Congress will again be under Republican control, this time backed by a Trump administration.”  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), “Latest Compromise Drought Relief Bill Receives Praise, Opposition”, Capital Press, December 7, 2016.

President-Elect Donald J. Trump is poised to score a win-WIIN deal in the California water war as Congress has passed the bi-partisan Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act – Senate Bill 612). 

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Modelling Global Warming Policy Decisions: Mitigation Fails

By Kent Hawkins --

“The diversion of the associated massive investment of national wealth away from mitigation to adaption policies is most likely our best chance of meeting all the other major threats to humanity, many of which are more ‘clear and present’ than global warming.”

How are the vast majority of us to assess the claims of problematic global warming and mandated responses? At present, we are simply being told by ‘experts’ what is happening, and what we must do about it. The task of properly assessing climate issues is very complex, and individually we do not have the time to devote to the immense task of properly doing this.

One helpful approach is a simple decision tree model to evaluate policy options for global warming that has been published by Michael Cochrane, whose background includes a Ph.D.

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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 12, 2016

By -- December 12, 2016

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).
A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

The Obama administration lawlessly rewards its supporters and punishes its enemies

Renewables Should No Longer Have Grid Priority: E.U. Energy Commissioner

View from the Third World: The World Needs More Energy

House Bill would penalize any wind project within 40 miles of a US military base (HR-6397)

GAO: The Renewable Fuel Standard program is unlikely to meet its targets

Go Big: Eliminate the US Department of Energy

Questions for New DOE Head Person

Scientists Turn Nuclear Waste into Diamond Batteries That’ll Last for Thousands of Years

InvEnergy owes Champaign County (IL) $480,298 in unpaid taxes

Actual wind energy costs are over 31¢/KWH

NY Households with alternative energy suppliers paid $817 million extra

Effects of Wind Turbine Acoustic Emissions (Schomer: 2015)

Are Wind Turbines Too Close To Communities?

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Shelter Ontario’s Citizens from Industrial-Wind’s Tempest: III

By Sherri Lange -- December 9, 2016
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Shelter Ontario’s Citizens from Industrial-Wind’s Tempest: II

By Sherri Lange -- December 8, 2016
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Shelter Ontario’s Citizens from Industrial-Wind’s Tempest: I

By Sherri Lange -- December 7, 2016
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“Risk Assessment ‘Malarky,’ Says Economist” (Cordato rocking back in ’95)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 6, 2016
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Vanishing Vacationland (wind turbines roil the wild)

By Jim Lutz -- December 5, 2016
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James Hansen: We Have a Little More Time After All (Whew!)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- December 2, 2016
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Enron’s Bankruptcy at 15: A Revisionist Political Economy Conclusion

By Robert Bradley Jr. --
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