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californiaCalifornia requires solar power on all new homes starting in 2020

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California has voted to require solar panels on new homes and low-rise apartment buildings built after 2020. The California Energy Commission estimates they would add an average $10,500 in construction costs for a single-family home but generate about $16,000 in …

californiaCalifornia would be 5th largest economy and Texas 11th compared to national GDP

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates that California had GDP growth of 3.4% and Texas had GDP growth of 5.2%. At the end of 2017, California had a GDP of $2.80 trillion and Texas had a GDP of 1.75 trillion. …

californiaCalifornia should have over 40 million in September 2018

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California will have over 40 million people around September, 2018. California’s population grew by 301,000 people between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017 to total 39.6 million. By July 1, 2018 California should have 39.9 million and should be …

californiaUS Trade problem is the ease of switching from Boeing to Airbus or European wine instead of California wine

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An all-out trade war between the US and China would seem like a problem for the USA. A batch of Boeing orders would be replaced by Airbus. US auto and iPhone sales in China would suffer a setback, and US …

californiaCalifornia high-speed rail more than double the cost and ten years late if funded

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California rail authority announced that the cost of connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco would be $77.3 billion and could rise as high as $98.1 billion. This is $13 billion higher than estimates from two years ago and doubles the …

californiaCalifornia high speed rail is doomed and ultimately will cost $19.5 billion to repay in bonds including interest

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The cost of the 119 mile Central Valley section has now officially gone up to $10.6 billion. California does not have budgeted money to finish. California has to find extra money for that section. California High Speed Rail Authority will …

californiaDenials of sex and drugs at a specific Silicon Valley party

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Techcrunch debunks part of the Silicon Valley sex party accusations. At least one well documented party (a Draper Fisher Jurvetson event) has many people indicating there was no sex or drugs at the party. Paul Biggar writing at the Medium …

californiaFailed Oroville Dam Spillway designed by inexperienced grad student in the 1960s

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California’s Department of Water Resources was blasted in an independent report for having a culture of complacency and incompetence that contributed to last year’s near-disaster at Oroville Dam. The full 584 page independent forensic team report is here. The agency’s …

agricultureChina making water tunnels 7 times longer than world’s longest to irrigate the desert

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China’s longest tunnel is the eight-year-old 85km Dahuofang water project in Liaoning province, while the world’s longest tunnel is the 137km main water supply pipe beneath the city of New York. Chinese engineers are testing techniques that could be used …