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Will CA green-energy policies backfire like Germany’s did?

January 13, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Will California’s new green energy regime suffer the same fate as Germany’s Energiewende? In Europe, wholesale prices for solar and wind power have dropped below the cost to produce it. This has resulted in Germany having to rapidly build new polluting coal-fired power plants to offset the unanticipated losses from its shift to green power called Energiewende (German for "Energy ...

Brown on Drought: Governors can’t make it rain

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January 10, 2014 By John Hrabe. As the rest of the country remains in a deep freeze, California's weather is making headlines of its own. 2013 was one of the driest years on record in California. Los Angeles, which sees average annual rainfall of 14.90 inches, benefited from just 3.6 inches of rain last year. At the other end of the state, it was the same story. San Francisco went the entire year without a day of ra...

Gov. Brown's budget largely ignores massive debt

January 10, 2014 By Katy Grimes. SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday released his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1, with spending sharply higher than last year, despite promises of fiscal restraint. The governor’s $155 billion total spending plan increases the general fund spending to $106.8 billion from last year’s $97.7 billion. The budget only partly addressed the $...

Gov. Brown advances apparently balanced budget

January 9, 2014 By John Seiler. Gov. Jerry Brown today advanced a budget proposal that apparently is balanced for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1. It would spend a record $106.8 billion on the general fund, which is up a hefty 23 percent from the $86.8 billion of his first budget three years ago, for fiscal 2011-12. The new budget includes a $1.6 billion "rainy day fund," or 1.5 percent of the total. ...
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