Category Archives: Commentary

Calif. Gov., Feds Agree on Wildfire Management Plan

  Two years ago, California’s Little Hoover Commission warned that unless the state took immediate streps to limit wildfire probabilities, death and destruction were a near-certainty. The Little Hoover Commission, created in 1962, is an independent California state oversight agency modeled after the Hoover Commission – President Herbert, not FBI director J. Edgar – that […]

Crackpot Fantasy: One Billion Americans

  Glenn Beck, the well-known former Fox Network anchor, a self-professed conservative, and Blaze TV network owner, teamed up with ultra-liberal Matt Yglesias, the left-wing Vox editor to advocate for a U.S. population of 1 billion. After an interview with Yglesias, who authored “One Billion Americans: the Case for Thinking Bigger,” Beck tweeted that a […]

America’s West Coast is on Fire

California Wildfires

The forests and chaparral of California, Oregon and Washington are on fire. Our Brilliant-in-Dogma governors have declared this is due to Global Warming. It isn’t. It’s due to bad policy. It used to be that state governments allowed proscribed burns and timber harvest of dead trees. These were not ideas borne of European Imperialism or […]

More Americans = Less Wilderness

Wilderness

For decades, federal immigration laws have been a hot-button issue. Nearly 55 years ago, on October 3, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Although few could have imagined it at the time, the ensuing decades would be rife with contentious debates about immigration and its impact on U.S. society. Both […]

Overpopulation Sparks Calif. Wildfires

Aug 2020 FIre

California is once again in the news. As always, bad news puts the state’s latest crisis above the daily newspaper’s fold. Instead of stories about homelessness throughout the state, particularly acute in San Francisco and Los Angeles, or Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandated COVID-19 shutdown that affects most of California, this time the headlines screech about […]

World Population Nears 8 Billion

  World Population Day, created by the United Nations “to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues,” came and passed this month. The top news results in a quick Google search on the day were all from India. And as the weekend passed, there was barely any acknowledgement in the United States […]

Hawaii’s Earth Day Challenge: Balance Tourism with Environmental Practices

Having just spent the better part of three months in Hawaii, I found the state doing what it can to encourage environmentally sound practices. There are numerous organizations working to protect native plants, animals, ecosystems and cultural sites. Effective July 2018, the Department of Environmental Services imposed a 15-cent per recyclable bag fee that retailers […]

Earth Day 2019: Since Neil Armstrong Walked on the Moon Population Doubled

Fifty years ago, in 1969 when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, the world’s population was 3.6 billion; in 2019, it’s 7.7 billion. A half a century ago, the U.S. population stood at 208 million; today, it’s 329 million and growing at the unsustainable rate of one net person […]