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Dianne Feinstein’s Million-Acre Land Grab Falters

Three months after Breitbart News and others outed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) backdoor effort to freeze development on over one million acres of California dessert by having President Obama declare the area subject to the Antiquities Act of 1906, her efforts are going down in flames as Congressional Republicans are moving to ban the Antiquities designation.

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CA EV Charging Station Network Imploding

Tesla claims it will sell a half million vehicles a year when its $35,000 Model 3 is introduced in 2017. However, the network of charging stations in California is already imploding with just 160,000 registered electric vehicles on the roads.

EV Station (Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP / Getty)

‘Strategic Repeal’ Ends North Texas City’s Fracking Ban

Governor Greg Abbott may have signed the legislation that rendered a highly publicized North Texas city’s fracking ban null and void, but its city council met to vote on a “strategic repeal” of the environmental lobby-backed ordinance that remained on the city’s books, one that is embroiled in lawsuits.

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U.S. Natural Gas Price Collapsing after EPA Says Fracking Safe

The global shock from the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) long-postponed draft report stating that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has not had a “widespread, systemic impact on drinking waste” caused “cheap” natural gas prices to collapse another 16 percent.

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Oil Spill in Santa Barbara, Site of 1969 Disaster

21,000 gallons of crude oil—- the equivalent of 500 barrels –poured onto the Santa Barbara County coast on Tuesday when an 11-mile-long underground pipe owned by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline ruptured. The leak and its cause are under investigation.

1969 Santa Barbara oil spill (Associated Press)

CA Democrats Shut Down GOP’s Water Storage Bills

California Democrats in the State Assembly’s Natural Resources and Transportation committees voted down a trio of bills on Monday designed to prioritize water storage and recycling projects amidst the state’s devastating four-year drought.

Capitol Dome, Sacramento (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Kotkin: Jerry Brown is a Disaster–and California Business Elite Won’t Stop Him

Joel Kotkin, the noted liberal critic of California’s far-left government, says that Gov. Jerry Brown is leading California to ruin–and that the state’s business leaders share the blame by failing to speak out. In a new essay at the Daily Beast that summarizes much of his recent criticism, Kotkin says that while Brown’s father Pat brought the state progress and prosperity as governor (1959-1967), Jerry Brown “has waged a kind of Oedipal struggle against his father’s legacy.”

Jerry Brown (Rich Pedroncelli : Associated Press)

Desalinization Debate Forces Environmentalists to Face Reality

Desalinization has emerged as an answer to the state’s chronic water shortages. As the Orange County Register notes, desalinization would provide a near-infinite supply of water at only twice the price. The main objection of environmentalists is that desalinization uses up to 50% more electricity, meaning more fossil fuels might be burned to make water, setting back efforts to fight climate change. It is an objection that is looking less and less serious.

Charles Meyer Desalination Facility (City of Santa Barbara)

Top 10 Weird Facts About California’s Drought

California Gov. Jerry Brown finally pulled the trigger Wednesday, ordering mandatory statewide water restrictions for the first time in state history. While Brown has been criticized for his slow, “lame” response to California’s water problem, the fact is, we are

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Jerry’s Folly: Turning California Brown to Appease the Greens

Instead of building dams, reservoirs and fighting to preserve every drop of water he can for Californians, Jerry Brown has chosen to waste his political capital on a train that no one wants, which California can’t afford–and he’s stealing people’s land and closing down businesses in order to do it. And now, finally in his fifth year as governor, he finally decides to act on the drought—and, in quintessential Jerry Brown style, he blames those who have nothing to do with creating the crisis and threatens to penalize them if they don’t comply.

Jerry Brown at Sierra Snow Pack (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)