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San Onofre gets nuked 5

June 14, 2013 By Joseph Perkins “VICTORY!” So reads the giddy headline on the Friends of the Earth website. The anti-nuke environmental group is celebrating the surrender of Southern California Edison, which announced last week it will permanently shutter its

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LA council attack on San Onofre might bring blackouts to Orange County, San Diego 7

April 29, 2013 By Joseph Perkins After giving a speech in which he refused to bail out New York City from impending bankruptcy, Gerald Ford prompted the famously pithy headline in the New York Daily News:  FORD TO CITY:  DROP

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CARB chair plugs electric cars 9

April 17, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Mary Nichols was in Detroit this week for the Society of Automotive Engineers annual World Congress. The chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board told attendees that her agency wants to have better relations

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Water plan threatens taxpayers, environment 9

April 14, 2013 By Steven Greenhut In Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” a priest recalls the words of a man who confessed: “The more I love mankind in general, the less I love people in particular.” We can all think of

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Anti-nuke activists aim at San Onofre 6

April 3, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Southern California Edison meets today with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It hopes to persuade the feds to approve its proposed license amendment for San Onofre nuclear plant, which has been offline since January 2012 because

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Real Culprits in CA Housing Crash 3

Jan. 11, 2013 By Joseph Perkins As the California economy continues slowly to recover from the collapse of its once-thriving housing sector, the banking industry is trying to close its books on the financial disaster. This week, Bank of America

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Solar power fries ratepayers 8

Dec. 29, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Most lawmakers in Sacramento have no idea who Robert K. Merton was. But they almost certainly are familiar with terms the late great American social scientist introduced into the popular lexicon, including “unintended consequences.”

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Yes to Desalination 13

Sept. 28, 2012 By Joseph Perkins The Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant moved a huge step closer to actually being built with the tentative agreement Thursday by the San Diego County Water Authority to buy all the water produced

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Rare court victory for home builders 0

Aug. 22, 2012 By Joseph Perkins It has taken the better part of two decades, but the California Supreme Court has finally reined in so-called “construction defect” lawsuits, the threat of which has had a damping effect on development of

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Chevron refinery fire sets off money grab 7

Aug, 10, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Well, that didn’t take long. No sooner did Chevron douse the fire this week at its Richmond oil refinery before a couple thousand folks, claiming some sort of personal injury or another, started looking for

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