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Why green power won’t replace nukes

December 17th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Last year Southern California Edison mothballed its 2.3 gigawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As reported at the time, the actual reason probably was mechanical defects caused from retrofitting the plant to ramp up and down rapidly to back up erratic green power. The Environmental Defense Fund and other green advocates now are celebrating that Calif...

Green power shocking big utilities

December 10th, 2014 By Greg Karraker. Peter Rumble, an outgoing Sonoma County administrator, recently announced the formation of California Clean Power, a new private company where he serves as CEO. According to Rumble, the mission of CCP is “to provide cleaner power at a lower cost with local control.”  They plan to do this by helping cities and counties establish Community Choice power programs similar to the exis...

Tax board criticized for delays

December 10th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   California’s Franchise Tax Board is taking too long to complete audits and resolve taxpayers’ refund claims, protests and appeals, costing businesses hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the California Taxpayers Association. Gina Rodriquez, vice president of state tax policy for CalTax, voiced her concerns last week at the FTB’s annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rig...

Oil taxes fuel state budget

December 4th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. The group Californians Against Fracking seeks to eliminate oil and gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing methods, called “fracking,” statewide in California. A post-election article by David Atkins in the Washington Monthly, and cross-posted on the CAF website, lamented the defeat of Measure P in Santa Barbara, which would have banned fracking in that city. He blamed "the politi...
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