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...
Leon Marais Louw
- Bachelor of Law. 
Leon Louw is the executive director and co-founder of the Free Market Foundation. He is also a member of the advisory board to the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and listed as a “global warming expert” by the Heartland Institute.
Louw is also the executive director of the Free Market Foundation's “Law Review Project” (PDF) which describes itself as a “an independent legal research organisation founded to promote the removal of unnecessary, burdensome and unduly-restrictive laws with the aim of promoting economic development.” , 
Stance on Climate Change
“Climate change is probable. It may even be inevitable… . the best thing to do about it is to grow, to be prosperous, to be rich. Then you have all the wealth by which to deal with it.” 
“Climate change hype has grave real world consequences. It gets rich countries to adopt silly policies and to impose devastating eco-imperialism on poor countries. The world's rich millions can afford environmental extremism; its poor billions can't. Climate change pseudo-science about human causality has been exposed repeatedly. What's less appreciated is that there aren't more natural disasters in need of an explanation.” 
Referring to new anti-smoking bylaws: “'It's a kind of hysteria, a peculiar semi-religious fundamentalist puritanism' said Leon Louw, director of the Free Market Foundation, which is pushing for an open society free of arbitrary regulations.
Louw believes the regulations are a 'vicious assault'' on peoples' choices and lifestyles, saying passing the regulations could constitute a breach of freedom and result in job losses.
'The anti-tobacco fanatics … the nicotine nazis will not stop until there is full prohibition,' he said.” 
December 7, 2011
The conference was designed to coeinside with the UN Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa.
Co-author of the books South Africa: The Solution and Let the People Govern. According to a search of Google Scholar, Leon Louw has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on any subject.
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“Free Market Foundation, South Africa,” eldis.org. Accessed August 2, 2012.
“COMMENT to the DEPARTMENT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM about the GREEN PAPER ON LAND REFORM, 2011” (PDF), The Law Review Project, November 29, 2011. Retrieved from the Free Market Foundation website.
“The Economics of Climate change - Leon Louw,” YouTube Video. Uploaded by user “Bushvision” on May 1, 2008.
Leon Louw. “Good News: Natural Disasters are Natural,” Stratek Business Strategy Consultants. Accessed August 2, 2012.
Susan Njanji. “Smokers in a puff over law,” TimesLive, June 24, 2012.
“Media Advisory: CFACT press conference to feature U.S. Senator Inhofe,” Climate Depot, December 6, 2011.
“Experts,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed August 2, 2012.
“Office Bearers,” Free Market Foundation. Accessed August 2, 2012.
“CFACT Board of Advisors,” Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, July 8, 2009.
“Leon Louw,” Wikipedia.
“Leon Louw,” SourceWatch.
“BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES: LEON MARAIS LOUW” (PDF), Africanheritage.com. Accessed August 2, 2012.
“The Economic Impact of Tobacco in Africa,” ABN Digital. Accessed August 2, 2012.