California Chamber of Commerce has released its newest edition of CalChamber News featuring an in-depth discussion of issues stemming from California’s historic drought.
In addition to CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg, the video includes perspective from two top water policy experts – Dave Puglia, Senior Vice President of Western Growers (WGA) and Ellen Hanak, Senior Fellow with Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).
Included in the video are comments on the statewide and regional economic implications of California’s continuing drought and discussions about both short and long term solutions.
Setting the context for the discussion, Zaremberg points out that in the 150 years of San Francisco’s record keeping, “2013 was the driest calendar year on record.”
Responding to a question about whether or not the drought is, in fact, a crisis, Puglia responds, “This is a crisis. Not just one of the worst, but the worst.”
The long-term implications of climate change and future droughts on the agricultural economy are clear Puglia says, “We now have a robust ag economy in California that is threatened by long-term insecurity of water supplies. There are millions of people in California whose livelihoods are tied solely to agriculture. If …read more
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce