Year in Review 2011

The Year in Review: 2011 
Anyone can review a year that’s already happened; we’ll leave that to lessor publications and tackle 2011.

The biggest news in 2011 will be water, both in the state, and in the world.  Around the globe water sources are drying up or being polluted.  The nations of Africa have already fired guns over water, and it promises to get worse.  About 4,000 children die every day as a result of waterborne disease and pollution, according to the World Health Organization.  
Whatever the cause of global warming, it’s clear that the global weather system is absorbing energy and growing more violent.  Water falls when and where it should not, and fails to fall where it traditionally has.  Shortages of water mean shortages of crops and food.  While the wealthy and developed countries fight over oil supplies that won’t keep up with demand, the poor nations will be fighting for water.  Upstream dams in some nations, for example, the Mekong and Indus rivers, will result in social and political upheaval, and probably war.

In California, we have Jerry Brown, returned to finish the peripheral canal.  Read more HERE.

Climate related deaths will increase in 2011.

Economically, the state will continue to have hard times in 2011, but there will be a brief improvement in the early part of the year which will subside by year’s end.   
Nationally, Chinese investment in the U.S. will likely continue next year, topping a real world investment of $2 trillion.  The majority of that investment will probably be government bonds.  

Locally, the economy will get a slight boost from tourism as more people take their vacations within the state.  

There will be continued friction as the General Plan is implemented.  

Loyalton will likely see another business close, but will see a general improvement when the Sierra Pacific Cogen plant fires up under a better contract, probably to PSREC.  The plant will increase its output to closer to maximum, which will probably take a toll on the equipment, but will increase the value of the site as a biofuel to electricity nexus, and will encourage investment in the old mill site for future biofuel processing.  This is an improvement which will continue to benefit Loyalton, provided nobody screws it up, you know who you are.

However, Loyalton, the incorporated city, will continue to have problems.  The population is expected to decrease by another 4%.  It will be increasingly difficult to maintain city council members, a problem through the year.

The county will see significant personnel changes, notably in Health and Human Services, as funds decrease and tension over the department within the county increases.

The Nature Conservancy will try to forego the option to provide rental boats to all boaters on Independence Lake, and will likely, at least initially, propose some unsatisfactory compromise.  Eventually, when blow-molded craft are recognized for the Invasive Aquatic Species hazard they represent, the rental system will have to be instituted, but perhaps not in 2011.

Finally, the county will be shaken to its foundations by Wikileaks information showing the actual circulation of the Booster and the Messenger.

Well, we’ll see next year!

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