“California, its economy recovering from the Great Recession,
is far from the demise conservative doomsayers predicted just a
few years ago, a demise brought on by environmental regulation,
graduated income taxes and its sybaritic ways.
“In fact when it comes to environmental policy, particularly
ocean and coastal protection, California is a national
trendsetter and a role model for what kind of blue planet we
leave the next generation.”
“A group of state lawmakers is calling for an investigation by
federal regulators into reports of oil companies engaging in
hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, off the California coast.
“Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) wrote the letter
signed by seven other state legislators and sent to the the
Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency.
… The letter was also signed by Democratic Sens.
“Commercial fishermen have filed a lawsuit in federal court
challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for abandoning a
program to create an “otter-free zone” in Southern California
coastal waters that sustain shellfish industries.
“The spectacular bluffs around Point Arena, where one can gaze
upon sea lions frolicking and whales spouting in the frothing
sea, will be preserved forever as open space, a national land
conservation group said this week. …
“A Marin County judge has ordered an oyster farm to comply with
Coastal Commission cleanup orders on its property at Point Reyes
National Seashore while awaiting a federal court ruling on the
Obama administration’s attempt to shut the operation down.”
“Stanford environmental scientist Katie Arkema and her colleagues
published a national map on Monday, showing where coastal reefs
and wetlands are keeping communities safe, and which areas may
need more preservation.”
“The first U.S. offshore wind turbine hooked into the U.S.
power grid in June, but not in the ‘green’ state of California.
“California is the state most associated with alternative
energy development, yet the state’s greatest potential source
of clean power (and its main geographic feature), the Pacific
Ocean, is largely ignored.”
“The stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima has probably been
leaking contaminated water into the ocean for two years, ever
since an earthquake and tsunami badly damaged the plant, Japan’s
chief nuclear regulator said on Wednesday.”
“Japan’s nuclear regulator says radioactive water from the
crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking into the
Pacific Ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by
the plant’s operator.”
“There always will be coastal development. But if voters hadn’t
taken matters into their own hands 40 years ago, and if the
California Coastal Commission had become malleable, much more of
the 1,100 miles of coastline would have become marred by condos,
fancy resorts and perhaps oil derricks.”