Addressing California’s Drought

By California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller

The California Energy Commission is leading a joint workshop today with state agencies focused on energy, water, planning, climate change and agriculture to examine the impact of the drought on California and its energy systems.

Along with Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister a number of the state’s key leaders in drought response have joined us, including Commissioner Catherine Sandoval of the California Public Utilities Commission, Secretary Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Vice-Chair Frances Spivy-Weber of the State Water Resources Control Board and Deputy Secretary Ashley Conrad- Saydah of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

We are continuing an open, frank discussion about the hardships of the drought, how Californians have responded and what steps we should consider next. With that in mind, here are five facts to put the drought in perspective:
  • Study Finds Climate Change Is Making Drought 20 Percent Worse: A new report published in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters confirms that climate change is affecting California in the form of higher temperatures and more devastating drought. Global warming made California’s drought 15 to 20 percent worse than what it would have been, and dry spells are almost certain to be worse in the future.
This workshop will shed light on the work the state is doing to strengthen the efficient use of water, highlight the research on how water is used and to explore the work needed if the drought persists.

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