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Hollywood's Elite Ignore Water Restrictions

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Sunday, 27 Mar 2016 09:49 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Beverly Hills — the home of do–as–I–say–and–not–as–I–do hypocrisy — has discovered that many of the celebrity sheep who worship at the altar of “global warming” or “climate change” or “dirty weather” are only believers when the cameras are on.

Instead of being weather warriors, these “thought leaders” are what Baptists call “backsliders.”

The problem for California is water. The state has been enduring a drought of biblical proportions for the past few years.

Naturally the lame response from our elected “leaders” has provided many columns and much amusement. Here I wrote about how the drought is causing the land to sink and to rise.

Here John Kerry blames the drought on California residents and “climate change” evidently unaware the state had much longer droughts before the SUV was invented.

Environmental warrior Nancy Pelosi is so committed to fighting the drought she managed to exempt her district from water rationing, which brings us back to Beverly Hills. The Los Angeles Times reports that simply urging cultural Marxists to do the right thing and cut back on water use wasn’t working: “the community missed its savings target every month since June, when a statewide 25% reduction in urban water consumption became mandatory amid the punishing drought. As a result, state regulators fined the city, saying publicly that its water wasters 'should be ashamed.'”

Some of the most flagrant violators just happen to be the most visible leftists. Media mogul David Geffen was using 9,000 gallons of water a day more than he was allowed and approximately 60 times more than the average Los Angeles family uses.

Comedian Amy “Hillary” Poehler exceeded her May through July allotment by 170,000 gallons, and the list goes on.

What’s more it wasn’t a case of rich people just gotta be wet. The Times discovered that wealthy Rancho Santa Fe cut it’s usage by 35 percent, while toney Calabasas and Hidden Hills reduced consumption by almost 30 percent.

As Cris Carrigan, chief of enforcement for the state water board observed, “There are other affluent communities in the state where conservation is cool. In Beverly Hills, for whatever reason, people are not motivated.”

Since slogans didn’t work, the city had to resort to capitalism and shaming. They sent the equivalent of a hot letter to Geffen, Poehler and other profligates. More important the wets were hit with excess usage charges.

Geffen was slapped with a fine of $30,000 for his water greed and Poehler was charged $2,200 for her overage. The result: “During the most recent billing cycle, ending in January, water use at the [Geffen] estate dropped by 56% compared with the same period in 2013.”

And the city itself has cut overall water use by 26 percent, which was more than double December’s conservation number.

There you have it. It takes a village to fight a drought — that and good old capitalist market pricing.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
 

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