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...
(Ronnie) Walter Cunningham
- Doctorate (Incomplete), Physics, Institute of Geophysics And Planetary Sciences.
- M.S., Institute of Geophysics And Planetary Sciences (1961).
- B.S., Physics, University of California at Los Angeles. (1960).
Ronnie Walter Cunningham (Walt Cunningham) is a retired American astronaut and a pilot of the Apollo 7 mission in 1968. He was NASA's third civilian astronaut.
Cunningham has also been a fighter pilot, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author of The All-American Boys.
According to his professional profile, Cunningham has had chief executive and senior operating positions in venture capital, real estate, offshore pipeline and consulting engineering industries.
Stance on Climate Change
“After years of looking, I have not found one piece of empirical evidence that man-made CO2 has a significant impact on global climate.” 
“In the 1980s a small group of individuals became concerned about the Earth's temperature and what it might do in the future. I hesitate to call them scientists because they have abandoned their scientific principals by which their guess about temperature increases and the cause could achieve scientific acceptance or rejection.” 
“NASA’s Aqua satellite is showing that water vapor, the dominant greenhouse gas, works to offset the effect of carbon dioxide (CO2). This information, contrary to the assumption used in all the warming models, is ignored by global warming alarmists.
“… For nearly a decade now, there has been no global warming. Even though atmospheric CO2 has continued to accumulate—up about 4 percent in the last 10 years—the global mean temperature has remained flat. That should raise obvious questions about CO2 being the cause of climate change.
“… The reality is that atmospheric CO2 has a minimal impact on greenhouse gases and world temperature. Water vapor is responsible for 95 percent of the greenhouse effect. CO2 contributes just 3.6 percent, with human activity responsible for only 3.2 percent of that. That is why some studies claim CO2 levels are largely irrelevant to global warming.” 
“… global warming alarmists invariably try to make their case by resorting to rhetoric, dogma, opinion, and emotion. The closest thing to scientific data in their articles is the occasional chart claiming a poorly understood correlation between atmospheric CO2 and the Earth's temperature.” 
July 7 - 9, 2014
DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here.
July 10, 2012
DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland's ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.
March 28, 2012
Cunningham was one of 49 former NASA scientists to sign an open letter to NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to cease their “unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change.” 
“We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated,” the letter stated.
May 16 - 18, 2010
The Heartland Institute published an article by Cunningham titled “Global Warming Fact Versus Faith: One Astronaut's Views” (PDF).
In his article, Cunningham argues that climate change skeptics “hold the high ground scientifically” over those who accept man-made climate change. He frames the debate as being similar to “the battle over evolution versus creationism” where “facts are pitted against faith and science against religion.”
In Cunningham's view, those who accept man-made climate change “Faith” while skeptics are on the side of “Science.” As evidence for this view, he cites a (since debunked) U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report that “identifies 700 prominent scientists who have publicly repudiated the alarmist position on global warming.” 
He additionally cites the Oregon Petition (which was also debunked) as proving that there is “convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.” 
The Genesis Fund — Founder/Managing General Partner, 1986 - 1998. 
The Capital Group — Founder (1979 - 1986). 
Hydrotech Development Company — President, 1974 - 1976.
“Professional Profile: Walter Cunningham,” Waltercunningham.com. Accessed May, 2012.
“NASA Biography,” Waltercunningham.com. Accessed May, 2012.
Walter Cunningham. “Climate change alarmists ignore scientific methods,” Houston Chronicle, August 15, 2010. Retrieved from Waltercunningham.com.
Walter Cunningham. “In Science, Ignorance is not Bliss,” Waltercunningham.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
Walter Cunningham. “Global Warming: Facts versus Faith” (PDF), The Heartland Institute, 2010. Retrieved from Waltercunningham.com, May, 2012.
“Former NASA Scientists, Astronauts to Attend Heartland Institute Climate Conference, May 21 - 23 in Chicago,” (Press Release), PRWeb, April 19, 2012. Archived May 3, 2012, with WebCite.
“Speakers,” 2010 International Conference on Climate Change, January 16, 2010. Archived January 24, 2010.
“Inhofe's 400 Global Warming Deniers Debunked,” The Daily Green, January 11, 2008.
“Walter Cunningham,” Tech Central Station. Archived February 10, 2005.
Gus Lubin. “49 Former NASA Scientists Send A Letter Disputing Climate Change,” Business Insider, April 11, 2012.
“NASA Climate 'Skeptics' Respond with Science! Just Kidding,” SkepticalScience, April 12, 2012.
“Attacks on climate science by former NASA staff shouldn't be taken seriously,” The Guardian, April 12, 2012.
Walter Cunningham. “Winning the War with Global Warming Alarmists,” Space News, July 10, 2012.
“Walter Cunningham,” Wikipedia.
“Walter Cunningham,” SourceWatch.
“Climate Denial Group CFACT Congratulates Australia During Warsaw Talks,” DeSmogBlog, November 19, 2013.
“Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.