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Diener, a California water expert and farmer, has been warning steadily that water is unnecessarily being let out to sea as the state faces a normal dry year.
“Are we having a dry year? Yes,” Diener says. “That is normal for us. Should we be having water shortages in the start of our second dry year? No. Our reservoirs were designed to provide a steady five year supply for all users, and were filled to the top in June 2019.”
Don’t believe her?
“You’re looking at our largest reservoirs less than two years ago. They were absolutely teeming with water from 107% to 145% of average!” Diener says. “Our reservoirs held enough water for everyone who relies on them for their water supply, for 7 years. We are barely into our second dry year. WHERE DID IT GO?”
“Where did it go” indeed.
According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, statewide water use averages 85 gallons per person per day.
But it’s always urban/residential water users ordered to conserve water: let lawns turn brown and landscaping die, limit showers and baths, wash clothing and dishes less frequently, and other absurd “helpful tips.”
Diener also asks,
“How can this year be the driest year on record when it has more than 7 months left? That’s just fake news and crisis creation.”
“Before our magnificent reservoir projects were built, California never had a steady and reliable supply of water. Now water is being managed as if those reserves don’t exist, by emptying the collected water from storage to the sea, rather than saving it for our routinely dry years,” Diener says.
“Our water projects were designed to be managed for the long term providing a minimum five year supply, but California has now put us on track to have a man made drought crisis every time we don’t have a wet season.”
Even San Francisco is suing the State Water Board. Diener explains:
The State Water Board’s 40% unimpaired flows plan is too radical. Requiring 40% of the Tuolumne River water to flow directly to the ocean without being used for anything else on its way, severely limits that river’s supply to Hetch Hetchy—the main water source for San Francisco.
The State Water Board has become the Department of Fish and Wildlife?
The Water Board has said they want to experimentally see if over time they can bring back about 1000 salmon, but it is such an extreme idea that some residents could be limited to as little as 7 gallons of water per person per day during back to back dry years, essentially making these regions uninhabitable.
Doug Obegi of the NRDC, along with other well funded nonprofits, have unleashed a barrage of negative press harshly criticizing the city, and chiding them for what they call ”being on the same side as Valley farmers.” But S.F. is not backing down on opposing the plan which gained approval by the cheerleading of Felicia Marcus, former State Water Resources Control Board Chair and NRDC attorney.
Deja vu: In 2018, we addressed the California Water Resources Control Board and lawmakers’ charges of its misplaced priorities:
As chairwoman of the California Water Resources Control Board, Felicia Marcus oversees a massive state bureaucracy with a $1 billion annual budget.
In a prescient op ed today (2018) in the Modesto Bee, Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) had some harsh words for Marcus and her radical environmental cohorts. “Despite her promises to the contrary, she and her board have used their immense authority to jeopardize – not protect – the economy and drinking water supplies of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.”
Gray says, “The State Water Board claims it needs the water to help restore fish populations, but an earlier version of their own report suggested their plan would result in little more than an additional 1,000 fish per year.”
“Irrigation districts in Merced, Turlock and Modesto have all proposed responsible alternatives that call for a combination of increased water flows, habitat restoration and predation controls,” Gray said. “Unsurprisingly, the State Water Board has rejected those proposals out of hand while continuing to preach a preference for voluntary settlements.”
“The truth is, the board will never be happy until it gets our water – no matter the consequence to our economy or our drinking water supplies,” Gray added.
California’s residents, farmers and ranchers find themselves in this untenable situation once again.
Diener explains Gov. Newsom’s water-related budget proposals:
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent $5.1 billion drought response package will not be used to create water abundance either. Instead, about $1 billion dollars will be used to pay off now unaffordable water bills that were made too expensive by intentionally creating water scarcity. When water restrictions are imposed, supplier revenues fall. They have fixed costs to deliver water and must raise rates as a result. #UseLessPayMore.
If you want to delve more deeply, another article from 2016 delves into the “shadow government” appointees at the State Water Resources Control Board that ordered the release of massive amounts of water from the New Melones Reservoir and Lake Tulloch, to save a dozen fish, and how then-Gov.
Jerry Brown systematically booted a number of qualified people off of the California Water Commission, the body that was responsible for decisions on how to spend $2.7 billion in public funds for Prop. 1 Water Bond water storage projects.
Food pantries dry up as unemployment skyrockets
Emily DeCiccio, Fox News,
Philanthropist and New York Mission Society Board Member Jean Shafiroff joins Fox News to discuss how she’s helping her community and raising awareness to help curb the growing numbers of food-insecure Americans
Skyrocketing unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic has been forcing a growing number of Americans to turn to charitable services for assistance as food insecurity among families with children grows.
Philanthropist and New York Mission Society board member Jean Shafiroff joined Fox News to discuss how she’s helping her community and raising awareness to help curb the growing numbers of food-insecure Americans. New York City Mission Society has been serving the city’s most underserved children since 1812. Recently, it has been making food and utility baskets for the children it serves and delivering them during the pandemic.
“I can’t tell you how desperately these food baskets are needed…In the New York tri-state area, we have a very serious situation because so many residents live at or below the poverty level,” Shafiroff told Fox News. “The food pantries across the area are very helpful…but the supply and the demand are not working the way they should right now. There is massive demand all over the country –39 million Americans out of work, and this translates into no food on the table.”
Shafiroff noted that a major issue during the pandemic has been getting food to the actual pantries, especially amid the shuttering of multiple meat processing plants across the country. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has even temporarily loosened its food labeling policies during the coronavirus pandemic to curtail supply chain disruptions and give producers more flexibility amid food shortages.
According to a Brookings analysis, almost 35 percent of households with children said they did not have sufficient food, that’s 14 percent higher than during the recession. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Shafiroff is encouraging those who can afford it to make donations to their local food pantry.
“I know my husband and I recently donated 10,000 meals to Heart of the Hamptons, which is a food pantry in the Hamptons, because we feel so strongly about providing food and being part of the solution,” said Shafiroff, who is also the author of “Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give,” which explores the meaning of giving back in today’s era. “And of course, 10,000 meals really doesn’t mean much when you look at a country with 39 million people out of work, but if we all work together, I believe we can solve this problem.”
For more with Philanthropist and New York Mission Society Board Member Jean Shafiroff watch the full video above.
Emily DeCiccio is a reporter and video producer for Fox News Digital Originals. Tweet her @EmilyDeCiccio.
US Billionaires Surpass $1 Trillion in Wealth Gains During Pandemic as Essential Workers and Others Suffer
Zeitgeist, December 10th, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 WASHINGTON – The total wealth gain of America’s billionaires has surpassed the $1 trillion mark, a 34 Percent rise since mid-March, the approximate start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).
With the close of the markets on November 24, 2020, US billionaires had seen their combined wealth equal $1.008 trillion. The total wealth of U.S. billionaires is now almost $4 trillion ($3.956 trillion). These 650 billionaires now have twice as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of all U.S. households.
The stock market surge has led to the emergence of the fifth “centibillionaire” in the world. French luxury titan Bernard Arnault joined Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk, in holding over $100 billion in wealth. Two years ago, there was only one centi-billionaire. Three years ago, there were none.
“The increases in billionaire wealth continue to defy gravity in the real economy where millions have lost their jobs, health and livelihoods,” said Chuck Collins, co-author of a recent report with published by IPS, Bargaining for the Common Good, and United for Respect, “Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health.” He also co-authored IPS’ April report, Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers.
This inequality in response to economic distress is not normal or predetermined. According to IPS analysis, U.S. billionaires saw their fortunes decline in the years after the 2008 Great Recession along with everyone else. It wasn’t until almost four years later, in September 2012, that the total wealth of the Forbes 400 exceeded its 2008 pre-Great Recession levels.
Billionaire wealth increases tend to track stock market gains, which have been mostly shielded from the catastrophic losses in the real economy during the pandemic. But some billionaires have seen extraordinary wealth surges because their wealth is linked to companies that are well-positioned to extract enormous gains during the pandemic. These pandemic profiteers include:
- Elon Musk’s wealth grew over $100 billion since the start of the pandemic, from $24.6 billion on March 18 to $126 billion on November 24, an increase of 413%, boosted by his Tesla stock. His wealth now surpasses Bill Gates of Microsoft
- Jeff Bezos’s wealth grew almost $70 billion from $113 billion on March 18 to $182.4 billion.
- Dan Gilbert, chairman of Quicken Loans, saw his wealth rocket by over $37 billion, from $6.5 billion in March to $43.9 billion on November 24, 2020, an increase of 575 percent.
IPS’ full analysis of most recent billionaire wealth may be found here.
Read more at: https://www.abzu2.com/us-billionaires-surpass-1-trillion-in-wealth-gains-during-pandemic-as-essential-workers-and-others-suffer/
IPS recently published the report “Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health” with Bargaining for the Common Good and United for Respect. It studied the plight of essential workers in billionaire-controlled companies. Essential workers, lauded as heroes during the pandemic, find themselves underpaid and required to put their health at risk by companies, including some owned or operated by billionaires. The report focused on the “Delinquent Dozen” companies that should do more to protect and support their workers while they reaped billions.
To address pandemic profiteering, IPS supports a pandemic profiteering tax, such as the “Make Billionaires Pay Act” introduced in Congress in August. The bill proposes a one-time, 60 percent tax exclusively on billionaires’ gains between March 18 and the end of this year.
Based on past estimates of billionaire wealth gains, the tax would generate between $450 billion and $550 billion that could be channeled to pandemic response, including paid sick leave, hazard pay for essential workers, and emergency unemployment assistance.
Funds could also be directed to state governments for public services, for maintaining weekly $600-per-week expanded unemployment payments, or paying out another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, all of which the House-passed Heroes Act would do, according to Americans for Tax Fairness.
According to IPS analysis, even with the new tax, U.S. billionaires would still have over an estimated $450 billion in gains during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
IPS published additional recommendations in its April report, Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes and Pandemic Profiteers:
- Establish a Pandemic Profiteering Oversight Committee that goes beyond oversight of stimulus funds.
- Discourage wealth hiding through passage of the Corporate Transparency Act. Levy an emergency 10 percent Millionaire Income Surtax.
- Unleash an Emergency Charity Stimulus to mandate payouts of 10 percent payouts for donor-advised funds (DAFs) and private foundations for three years.
- Make the federal estate tax more progressive and institute a wealth tax. Shut down the global hidden wealth system. Source: https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/11/25/us-billionaires-surpass-1-trillion-wealth-gains-during-pandemic-essential-0
To attempt to have some type of realistic perspective on this phenomena during the current plandemic, take a look at an evaluation of the wealth inequality, in only the U.S.A., that was made in 2012.
The 1% of the super-wealthy in that evaluation, which went off the chart, has now gone stratospheric turning the poor and the middle class into a flat line in comparison. This must end and will. The eternal raising of the debt ceiling in the U.S.A. is a pathetic attempt to obscure the fact that it is a de facto bankrupt country. Pure Hollywood make-believe fiction. Confusion between printing “money” and true wealth, which is equality (distribution of wealth) Debt is currently over 27 trillion dollars $27,000,000,000,000 and increasing non-stop with no signs of any solution to the problem. You can see the mind-boggling real-time financial debt situation . A good explanation of what the debt ceiling means is available . For an understanding of some (tip of the iceberg) of the forces at play regarding the bankster scams, strongly recommend reading: The Creature from Jekyll Island, By Edward GriffinBillionaire Data on November 24, 2020 - Master List
Read more at: https://www.abzu2.com/us-billionaires-surpass-1-trillion-in-wealth-gains-during-pandemic-as-essential-workers-and-others-suffer/