Living with Water Scarcity - David Zetland on the Drought

The latest headlines out of California paint a picture of an all-out war against the drought. Ordinary citizens are taking to social media to shame their neighbors for watering their lawns. Governments are issuing steep fines for wasting water (however that’s defined). And now Governor Brown is calling for $7.5 billion in spending to tackle the problem of water shortages. But is all of this really necessary? Bob tries to sort this issue out with an expert who has spent years studying both economics and water scarcity in the Western United States. David Zetland of Leiden University College in Amsterdam says scarcity doesn’t need to disrupt our lives if we manage the water supply properly, and allow higher prices to signal the need to conserve in times like these. From this show, you will learn how the current crisis came to be, and how markets can help us all get along peacefully – living with water scarcity.

Property Rights vs. Diversity of People and Species; Can These Concepts Coexist?

Bob is joined by former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos. Mayor Agnos is a progressive to the core, and a sincere advocate for the middle class. He makes a passionate case for rent control, and subsidized, affordable housing for lower and middle-class residents of urban areas (especially, of course, San Francisco). Mayor Agnos truly speaks from the heart, as well as the mind, making it difficult for Bob to rebut his distinctly non-libertarian views, although he tries. Of particular interest is Mayor Agnos’ successful battle against the Golden State Warriors’ attempted land grab on the San Francisco waterfront. You’ll learn how professional sports franchises often function as little more than mall developers in disguise.

In the last half hour Bob addresses the issue of endangered species with investigative reporter Tawanda Kanhema of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Kanhema has been documenting the fight to save the black rhinoceros – including efforts to crack down on ivory sales – on rhino-er.org. Bob examines whether the free markets have a role to play in bringing endangered species back from the brink.

It’s 90 minutes of Bob and the progressives!

We Are Not Sardines. We Are People!

Be careful, America. The “One Worlders” are on the attack, armed with stealth statutes and regulatory powers, seeking to wrest local control of our quality of life from cities and towns to unelected regulators. Bob knows this. He is living it. High rise multi-family residences are being imposed on small towns in order to save the planet and stop climate change (can you imagine anything more absurd than trying to stop the climate from changing?). California has been the forerunner of many public policy issues, from “right on red” (hooray) to a ban on plastic bags (boo). Now the usurpation of local zoning control is being tested. If it succeeds here, America will be doomed. In this episode, Bob is joined by Jonathan Wood of the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is representing ordinary citizens in a litigation to stop this planning monster in its tracks. Learn what is at stake, so you can be prepared to fight it. If you lose, your city council will be controlled by the UN!

How the Free Market Will Save the Planet

Environmentalism is the natural enemy of free market capitalism. The former seems to be the socially acceptable cover used by those who seek to capture and control the world’s economic engine, in order to “save the planet.” (I wonder how much time we have until the surface of the earth looks like the set of Mad Max?) Free market capitalists (note that not every capitalist favors free markets, thus the “free market” modifier is needed) know that voluntary, un-coerced cooperation among market participants is the only system to preserve individual freedom and the environment. How does this work? Bob’s guest, Austrian economist, Libertarian, prolific writer and speaker Walter Block explains all of it in his unique and accessible style. His book “Defending the Undefendable” is a must read. Block, Hayek, Mises and more…

First, Rio: Next, Small Town America

It started in Rio in 1992, when members of the UN Conference on Environment and Development produced ICLEI, the committee dedicated to using “planning” to push local governments to commit to “sustainable development.”   You will learn to fear the outcome of that conference, as it means that unelected and distant bureaucrats are able to use your property as they see fit, resulting in the loss of the character of your community. And it’s happening in the shadows! To shed light on the scourge of compulsory sustainable development, Bob is delighted to welcome Mimi Steele to be his guest on the show today at noon. Mimi is affiliated with the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights and she is a leader in the fight to protect us against our property which is threatened to be “planned away” from all of us.

Environmentalism- The Libertarian Way

The aftermath of the gift giving holidays is upon us. Paper, ribbons, boxes, and a tree to recycle.. what an environmental disaster!   In this encore episode, Bob joins Dr. Mary Ruwart, a Libertarian who has studied environmental issues for most of her life, to learn why free markets are green markets. Only free markets will save the grey wolf, the humpback whale, the snail darter and the spotted owl; without regulation, without ethanol subsidies, without the EPA, and without Al Gore!

Energy Policy is a Dirty Business!

Under the rubric of avoiding climate change, American have become a dirty bunch. Energy- saving washing machines don’t wash, low flow toilets leave smelly bad stuff in sewer pipes and the water flow from shower heads (by compliments of federal law) is insufficient to wash off dirt and soap.  In this encore episode of Bob’s  show “Dirty Smelly Americans Save the Glaciers,”  Washington bureaucrats are linked to rather unpleasant aroma of crowded trains, planes and elevators.  Libertarians for privacy and cleanliness.

The Future of Energy in California

California is facing a familiar fight with Prop 23 on the ballot this November.  It’s a heated debate between environmentalists who are pushing for clean energy and big oil that wants to rescind green friendly rules and lower the bar for carbon emissions.  Prop 23 is set up to overturn AB 32 which was passed by Schwarzenegger and requires that greenhouse gas emission levels in the state be cut to 1990 levels by 2020.  In this episode, Bob examines the pros and cons of the measure with Jack Stewart who believes that Prop 23 will create jobs and Steven Maviglio who sees it as a step backwards for California.

Government: No Match for The Gulf Spill

Obama has done the impossible – he has taken the most powerful elected office on earth and made it look powerless!  Using his Harvard Law School training in the management of deep water drilling, he has taken charge of the oil spill.  The Republic is safe.  This Sunday, Bob will interview award winning journalist Eric Pooley, author of “The Climate War” and Expert Analyst on the Oil Spill to examine what the Gulf Oil disaster proves about the relationship between business and government and reaffirms a free market economy.  The lessons are clear.