February, 2011

Even Silicon Valley Ruined

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

John Seiler: The disastrous policies of federal, state and local governments have not spared even Silicon Valley. Sure, the top digital geeks still trek there. Companies like Facebook still locate there. But Facebook has only about 2,000 employees, many of them in other states. Scott McNealy, one ...

Does Not Compute

Friday, February 18th, 2011

John Seiler: Over the years I've written many times how it  remains a mystery that the state that continues to produce the Internet Revolution can't get its government computers to work right. That pretty much tells you all you need to know about how the public and private sectors operate. The pri...

Utility Surcharge Funds Green Research

Friday, February 11th, 2011

FEB. 11, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI If you look at the bottom of your electricity bill you will see a cluster of surcharges with abbreviations that conceal what the charge is going for, unless you call your utility company and ask them.  One of these surcharges is called PIER – Public Interest En...

Gov. Brown Halts State Building Sale

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Katy Grimes: For one year, I've been writing about the smelly deal of the sale of the 11 state-owned properties. In December it was halted until Gov. Brown's administration could assess the sale and Gov. Schwarzenegger was out of office. And now, it was announced yesterday that it is off the table. ...

CA Judges Get Cold Feet On Warming

Monday, February 7th, 2011

FEB. 7, 2011 By CHRISS STREET California’s effort to save the Earth by punishing humans is taking a beating in the courts in California. Last week, San Francisco Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith squashed the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act, meant to reduce greenhouse gases by 50 percent, by ruling th...

Alt Energy Bills Will Inflate Electric Costs

Monday, February 7th, 2011

FEB. 7, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI California's elite legislators and green power industrialists got together on Feb. 3 in Sacramento to push for new legislation to expand green power mandates from 20 percent to 33 percent by 2020, just as gasoline prices are spiking to pay for the higher cost of foo...

Steve Lopez Myopia on Oil

Friday, February 4th, 2011
Steve Lopez Myopia on Oil

FEB. 4, 2011 by JOHN SEILER L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez this week enthuses for bikes, buses and the potential of fusion power -- and he attacks oil and gas-powered cars. I'm all for fusion power -- when it gets here. But it's not here now. In the meantine, let's look at some of Lopez's fal...