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Entries Tagged as 'environment'

In the shadow of the Megadrought

March 22nd, 2015 · 21 Comments

An article from Slate.com caught my eye this week: “California’s Next Megadrought Has Already Begun.” Overall, it’s a pretty grim read. California’s cities have more than enough water to withstand the current drought and then some. They simply don’t use that much. Not true for agriculture, which uses 80 percent of California’s water—10 percent of […]

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Tags: Economics · environment · Politics

Strong land board nominations counter worst-case views of Gov. Ige

March 18th, 2015 · 19 Comments

The nomination of Carleton Ching to serve as director of DLNR goes to the Senate floor today for a final confirmation vote. The report of the Senate Committee on Water and Land on Governor’s Message 514 is long and unusually detailed, and worth reading. It reads, in part: The lack of familiarity with the subject […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · Planning · Politics

Are trees important?

March 16th, 2015 · 10 Comments

A sharp-eyed reader directed my attention to an interesting set of minutes from the January 2015 meeting of the Aloha Arborist Association. These are your tree professionals, those with a passion and respect for the role that trees play in our lives. Their top goals, according to the group’s website: • Promote and improve the […]

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Tags: Business · environment · Politics

Is Gov. Ige oblivious to the political cost?

March 13th, 2015 · 23 Comments

This comment, left here on Thursday afternoon, seems to sum up the status of the Ching nomination: In the end, the nomination will be confirmed after some ugliness. But the Governor will have lost quite a bit in the process. And that’s what so puzzling to me. Why squander this much political capital on this […]

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Tags: environment · Legislature · Politics

Reactions to Ching-DLNR confirmation hearing testimony?

March 12th, 2015 · 6 Comments

There’s obviously a lot of interest in yesterday’s hearing before the Senate’s Committee on Water and Land. If you know of comment threads on other blogs reacting to the hearing, or perhaps on Facebook, please share those links here. Let’s share as much information as possible.

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Tags: environment · Legislature