To the New York Times: No, Bottled Water Is Not Sucking Florida Dry

Florida has a water problem that is revealing something very self-destructive about environmental groups and science journalism. Case in point, the September 15 New York Times article by Michael Sainato and Chelsea Skojec headlined, “Bottled Water Is Sucking Florida Dry.” 

The water bottler, of course, is the Swiss multi-national company Nestlé. The opinion piece jumps on the bandwagon whose riders have for decades ballyhooed Nestlé as the archetypal evil corporation. Says the article’s subtitle: “The state’s aquifers are shrinking, yet corporations want to appropriate even more of them.”

The Times’ writers egregiously omit the most important facts while larding the piece with innuendo and misleading or untrue but self-serving statements. Example: “The state and local governments have continued to issue water bottling extraction permits that prevent the aquifer from recharging.” Is it quibbling to note that the aquifers do recharge, but apparently not 100 percent? More seriously, it’s simply false to say the bottling of water prevents the full recharge since bottled water is about 1 percent or less of total extraction.

What Went Wrong with the Obama-Era “Waters” Rule?

In his new PERC policy paper, R. David Simpson reports on his experience reviewing the cost-benefit analysis of an Obama-era regulation defining “WOTUS.” (In Washington lingo, that is “waters of the United States.”) Simpson, an economist formerly with the Environmental Protection Agency, expresses regret that he did not press harder to improve the EPA’s cost-benefit analysis of the rule, issued in 2015. The rule was designed to extend the federal government’s jurisdiction over U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act, bringing relatively isolated streams and wetlands under government regulation.

Nuclear power, climate change, extreme weather . . .

The secret to clean energy is nuclear power, says Rich Trzupek in The Pipeline. ‘Washington Post lies about climate change, floods,’ writes Sterling Burnett. ‘IPCC and skeptics agree climate change is not causing extreme weather.’ says Sterling Burnett. HT-Benny Peiser.

Yes, There Are Trees in Downtown Washington, D.C.

R. J. Smith reports on the sylvan species outside his window: There are plenty of trees here. Can anyone identify the very tall but little-spreading tree across the street from my apartment?  (See photo.) It’s 75′ to 80′ tall. The autumn leaves are never brilliant red.  Or even red.  Dirty brownish-yellow. The District’s Department of …

The Breached Michigan Dam Was Supposed to Save Mussels?

Thirteen years of regulatory oversight? From the Detroit News:   Numerous violations and longstanding concerns that the Edenville Dam could not withstand a significant flood led the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke its license for power generation in September 2018. *** “Thirteen years after acquiring the license for the project, the licensee has still …