California drought begins to bite, undermining the successful US success story

Adam Nagourney, Jack Healey and Nelson Schwarz, Financial Review, 7 April 2015

A punishing drought – and the unprecedented measures the state announced last week to compel people to reduce water consumption – is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been this state’s driving engine has run against the limits of nature. The 25 percent cut in water consumption ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown raises fundamental questions about what life in California will be like in the years ahead…more