mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


How Growers Gamed California’s Drought

Some of California’s wealthiest agribusiness men are literally “smiling all the way to the bank,” despite the record drought now entering its fourth year. Agriculture uses a staggering 80 percent of California’s developed water, yet Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory water restrictions, the first in state history, targeted only urban and suburban users. What’s really needed, water experts say, is to price this precious commodity realistically, I report in The Daily Beast:


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One Response to “How Growers Gamed California’s Drought”

  • Tom says:

    Despite literally not having water in front of you, lots of rich and powerful idiots (neocon politicians, trolls and CEO’s) keep screaming climate change is a lie! I will fight you every step f the way before I give up my astonomical salary, perks and stock options that can be cashed in for an awesome golden parachute.

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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.