Fracking Impacts California Water

Kacey Bills, MPP 2014 #Whatthefrack? This catchy hash tag is circulating social media sites in support of Californians Against Fracking, a coalition of environmental organizations across California. The campaign seeks to have Governor Brown ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as an oil and gas extraction method by November 2014.[1] Currently, fracking is…

The Soda Tax: Regressive But Effective

By Jacqueline Gleason Every year, the average soda consumption per person in the United States is almost 50 gallons.[1] At the same time we are seeing increasing rates of obesity and diabetes. In fact, one in three people in the United States are overweight or obese, including children, according to the American Heart Association.[2] People…

Adapting the Water System to Climate Change

By Kacey Bills, MPP 2014 California’s current drought is not a result of one year of below average rainfall. It is the result of four years of dry conditions. The current water crisis is not an unexpected disaster. It was completely predictable. As climate change affects weather patterns, California is in for more dry years. To…

San Joaquin Valley Deserves Equal Access to Utility Services

By Patricia Black, MPP 2014 Across California, low-income communities experience restricted access to essential natural resources and public services. Nowhere in the state is this more apparent or devastating than in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Residents in areas like Bakersfield, Delano, Fresno, and the more rural areas of San Joaquin Valley face unprecedented poverty and unemployment rates,…