As of January 26, the California Department of Water Resources reported that snowpack statewide was at just 27% of its normal level, which is 15% of the average for April 1, the point at which snow is typically expected to stop accumulating and begin to melt.
Which means, of course, that California is in for another dry year. Melting snowpack provides water to streams and rivers and replenishes reservoirs that are used for drinking water and agriculture.
In a cruel irony, a dry year...
- M.B.A., University of Maryland.
- M.A. Publications Design, University of Maryland.
- B.S. Political Science and History University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Dan Gainor is the Director of the Business & Media Institute, a free market think tank operating under another organization called the Media Research Center which also operates Newsbusters, a site where right-wing media question the existence of man-made global warming.
BMI describes its mission as “[auditing] the media's coverage of the free enterprise system.” 
Gainor's background is as an editor, having served at several newspapers including The Washington Times and The Baltimore News-American. He was also managing editor for CQ.com, the web site of Congressional Quarterly, and executive editor for ChangeWave, published by Phillips International. He has worked in financial publishing in his last two positions, launching new services for ChangeWave and Agora Inc.
He volunteers as a media and issues speaker with the Close-Up Foundation. Gainor has appeared on numerous right-wing radio and television programs including Fox News' “Hannity & Colmes” and “Fox & Friends.” 
Stance on Climate Change
“Scientists who dare question the almost religious belief in climate change, and yes, they do exist, are ignored or undermined in news reports as are policy makers and pundits who take similar views.” 
“While Al Qaeda and eco-nuts use different tactics, they share a similar enemy: civilization.” 
“But the truth is, scientists on both sides of the global warming debate agree that the ice cap isn’t in 'peril.' As Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute said, the Arctic is experiencing 'natural cycles of warming and cooling.'” 
Gainor went on Fox News' “Fox & Friends” to promote the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change in New York, which he said “proves that the consensus theory that Al Gore's been pushing, that the mainstream media have been pushing for years – it's all bogus.” 
December 6, 2006
Testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the topic of “The Media Climate on Global Warming” (PDF).
Gainor opened his testimony, saying “We’re here to discuss the media coverage of the climate change debate. But there’s only one problem, there is almost none of that debate actually in the media.”
DeSmogBlog covered Gainor's testimony and provided refutation here.
Gainor has not published any articles in peer reviewed journals, as he does not appear to have experience in any scientific field.
Gainor has published his views in numerous newspapers including Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Times, the Orange County Register, the New York Post, the Baltimore Examiner, Canada’s National Post's Financial Post & FP Investing, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Augusta Free Press, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette, the Port Clinton, Ohio Beacon, Contacto Magazine, the Caribbean Voice, the Newtown Bee, the Frederick News-Post, The High Point Enterprise, the Easton Star Democrat, the Midland Daily News, the Findlay, OH, Courier, and the Simi Valley, Calif., Acorn. 
Gainor has a blog at Newsbusters and a full list of his posts at Newsbusters is available here.
“Dan Gainor,” NNDB Profile. Accessed December 14, 2011.
“About the Business and Media Institute.” Accessed December 14, 2011.
“BMI Staff Listing,” Business & Media Institute. Accessed December 14, 2011.
Dan Gainor. “Media Far From Objective on Climate Change,” Human Events, July 12, 2006.
“Eco-Nuts Out to Destroy Life As We Know It,” FoxNews.com, October 27, 2009.
“North Pole in 'Peril'”, NewsBusters, September 30, 2005.
“MRC's Gainor rehashes debunked climate change smears to 'put' climate change movement 'in their place'”, Media Matters, February 20, 2010.
“Fox & Friends promotes global warming deniers' conference,” The Raw Story, March 3, 2008.”
“Heartland Experts: Dan Gainor,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed December 14, 2011.
Laura Bassett. “Dan Gainor, Right-Wing Media Critic, Offers Cash For Assault On Alan Grayson,” Huffington Post, June 20, 2010.
“Fire and Ice” (PDF), Business & Media Institute, May 17, 2006. Republished by the Heartland Institute.