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Water Weekly 3: Loons, French Kissing and Al Gore

What were the three biggest California water stories of the past seven days?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here every Thursday, or you can follow LPAWater on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here.  This week:

Wet and Dry

Al Gore can smile and explain how the fierce winter storms in the Midwest and East can be blamed on global warming – but only if you call it climate change – and we really don’t care because it’s sunny and mild here.  Such are the vagaries of weather. We’re also seeing that here in the West, as California enjoys a respite from drought … while the Colorado River basin struggles with too many sunny days.

Read DWR’s most recent report on the Sierra snowpack

Read The Economist: Las Vegas is the canary in the mineshaft

Loons and Levees

As PR pros, we at LP&A tend to worry inordinately about words – not just spelling, syntax and grammar, but big picture stuff like asking if the words we use are clear, or true, or honest, because they have to be.  And this is a big one: Do they have ramifications?   We came across some ramification-rich words this week from Dan Bacher, the most prolific of the “keep your hands off my Delta” school of writers.  Bacher decided canal/tunnel supporters were scoring too well with their talking points on the risk of levee collapse from earthquakes, so he declared it all to be a deceptive narrative. Let’s hope he doesn’t have a “Mission Accomplished” moment any time soon.

Read Bacher’s “Great Myth of the Delta’s Earthquake-Prone Levees”

Bonus read! Real, actual, true facts about the Delta smelt!

French Kissing?

Looks like the French are kissing up to California.  Under the dubious headline, “Keeping our Cities Livable,” the CEO of “the world’s biggest waste and water utility by revenue” (which happens to be French and  happens to not be a public agency) said in the Wall Street Journal that privatization of water and sewer utilities is just the good medicine the world’s cities need … especially California cities.  “We certainly could help them do better,” he said. As the architects of the state’s biggest-ever campaign against water district privatization, we have our doubts.

Read the privatization pitch in the Wall Street Journal

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One Response to “Water Weekly 3: Loons, French Kissing and Al Gore”

  1. May 3rd, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    led lights for cars says:

    At least Al Gore is right regarding global warming, right? Or is he? He says it was man-made, not simply Earth’s standard cycle over many thousands of years. Ya think?

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