Anyone who fancies themselves better suited to crafting state water policy than those who are doing it can put that knowledge to test, beginning today.
Next 10, a think tank on California public policy, has created an online California Water Challenge where users pick from a number of different options -- from more dams to desalination plants to higher fines for water wasters -- to overcome a projected severe water shortage in about 15 years.
Next 10 water allocation game
If you’ve watched your neighbor “watering her sidewalk” or wrung your hands at the sight of agricultural runoff, now is your chance to allocate the state’s water resources. A new online game lets California residents control the state’s water — virtually, at least.
From desalination investment to mandatory water reductions, the California Water Challenge lets users choose a range of outcomes and see how others voted.
Price tags are attached to decisions, which have varying effects on energy consumption and the environment.
There's fresh evidence that California's pioneering clean car efforts are working -- and that consumers are firmly in the driver's seat, steering toward ever-cleaner vehicle options.
Even before the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants last week, naysayers were claiming California’s longstanding policies to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency don’t work and have sent electric bills soaring. But Californians and anyone else taking a close look at the state’s success know otherwise.
The Concord Coalition, as well as Next 10, offer self-proclaimed federal budget-balance advocates a chance to walk their talk. Both nonpartisan groups, which advocate for a balanced budget, have created The Federal Budget Challenge, an online tool that lets users play at being a member of Congress and create his or her own balanced budget.