California Drought Case Study

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Ans. 1. Governor’s ethical justification is driven by continued decrease in water resources in California due to unfavorable weather conditions. The executive order 2016 (in continuity to previous executive orders) states that the water levels have not crossed the required levels due to the limited amount of rain and snowfall. This had a direct impact on the state rivers, underground basins and reservoirs. The drought has increased the scarcity of drinking/ potable water. Agricultural production has been affected. The wildlife is getting more prone to wildfires, which is putting the natural habitats in detriment.
As per New York times article, the governor claims that the California population has increased unexpectedly (1). This requires the current population to adjust to the current circumstances. The article mentions about the Governor’s premise which
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Under section 8558(b), the threat to the safety of person and property is unceasing. This is due to drought conditions that authorities cannot handle. The section 8567 enables Governor to develop or amend orders and regulations to make provisions. Section 8572 gives authorization to utilize any private property. Under section 8571, the Governor describes that following the regulations mentioned in the executive order will reduce the severity of the drought.
Ans. 2 a. The executive order issued by the State Governor is constitutional because as per National Governor’s Association website (4). “The authority for governors to issue executive orders is found in state constitutions and statutes as well as case law”. By law the State Governors can issue such orders and could be subjected to legislative review as per the state law requirements. Moreover, the section 8558(b), 8567, 8572 and 8571 gives special constitutional powers to publish such executive order in the state of

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